• Turkey through to World quarter finals
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Sep 06, 2010-

Hosts Turkey defeated France 95-77 to set a date with Slovania in the FIBA World championship.

The team which is being coached by Bogdan Tanjevic scored 13 points off 11 first-half turnovers to take command and then lowered the boom in the third quarter before pulling away for the win.

Their opponents Slovania easily beat Australia 87-58 in the first game of the day.

The two-three zone employed by the Turks never gave France a chance. With Omer Anan, Karem Tunceri, Ender Arslan and Sinan Guler, Les Bleus couldn’t cope. When the French did throw the ball into the lane, the tall frontcourt of Turkey was an unmovable wall.

Hedo Turkoglu led the way with 20 points and the sensational Guler added 17. Tunceri had a team-high three steals which all came in the first half when Turkey built a 43-25 advantage.

Vincent Collet's team managed to hang on for 26 minutes and only trailed 30-24 when Turkoglu and Co began to knock them out.

Tunceri came up with his third steal to trigger a fastbreak that Guler finished and after Ali Traore was called for travelling, an Oguz Savas three-point play made it 35-24. 

France would end up closing the gap to 37-28 on a Florent Pietrus basket, but Turkey responded with an Ersan Ilyasova three-ball, another Savas basket and a Savas free-throw just two seconds from half-time for the 15-point edge.

Turkoglu began the second half with two three-pointers, Omer Asik made two free-throws and Onan had a lay-up for a 10-0 run that put the result beyond doubt.

Turkey ended up getting 21 points off turnovers for the game.

Turkey coach Bogdan Tanjevic: “I am very happy. We found France to be tough and playing great defense. Before Hidayet Turkoglu opened the shooting and from them on, we found everything easy. We played another good game, great defense and executed on offense.

France forward Florent Pietrus: “It was normal for Turkey to play like this. We knew it was going to be a tough game. We fought and we tried to show the best we had. Of course we have regrets.”

Slovenia barely broke a sweat and beat Australia 87-58.

It was an ominous performance by the fourth placed team from last year’s Eurobasket, and they did it thanks to a full board of contributors highlighted by Jaka Lakovic, who had 11 first half points on his way to 19 for the game. Primoz Brezec (12 points) and Goran Dragic (10 points) led the rest.

Australia itself has been suffering a long period of drought and it carried onto the basketball court in the first quarter, Slovenia leading 12-0 after nearly seven minutes. While Australia made a brief 6-0 run through Matt Nielsen and Patrick Mills, the quarter time score was 16-8.

When Lakovic and Sani Becirovic started the second quarter with consecutive triples the margin was 14, but worse was to come for Australia. The Boomers shot just 6/27 and gave up 9 turnovers for the half, and when Lakovic capped a 10-3 run with a three-pointer leading into half time the score was 42-21.

The second half was a more even affair but the game had long been decided. Slovenia won the third quarter 29-24, and the final term 16-13.

It was Australia’s largest defeat at a FIBA World Championship against an opponent not named the USA or the USSR.


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