Turkey Thump Great Britain

01 September 2011

EUROBASKET 2011

Turning Point: Turkey held Great Britain to just three points in the opening six minutes as they stormed to a 17-3 lead.

Game Hero: Omer Onan made two of Turkey's four early three-pointers and scored nine of his 14 points in the first quarter.

Stats Don't Lie: Turkey were four of seven (57%) from three-point range in the first five minutes and finished 10 of 23 (43%). Mike Lenzly converted Great Britain's only shot from behind the arc in 11 attempts for the game.



Turkey used a three-point barrage to take a 13-3 lead and never looked back as they cruised past Great Britain 90-61 on Thursday in EuroBasket Group A.

In the first four minutes of the contest, Orhun Ene's men buried four three-pointers and had a double-digit lead.

Great Britain, who were without veteran center Robert Archibald (out through illness) for the second day in a row , trailed 17-3 after six minutes played.

Chris Finch's men cut the gap to 22-12 early in the second quarter but Turkey then scored 13 unanswered points as part of a 20-4 run to pull away.

Enes Kanter scored nine points in that stretch and was one of four Turkish players to finish in double figures.

Luol Deng poured in 15 of his game-high 22 points in the first half as his team trailed 44-26 at the break.

Emir Preldzic led Turkey with 15 points while Omer Onan, who had nine first-quarter points, contributed 14 on four of five (80%) shooting from three-point range.

Great Britain were out-rebounded 41-32.

Unbeaten Turkey take on tournament hosts Lithuania on Friday while Great Britain face defending champions Spain looking for their first win in the tournament.


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