A National Men’s Basketball Team defeated Poland 94-78 in the preparatory tournament held at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall.
ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkey, which took the lead with Cedi Osman’s 3 points, gained a 15-9 advantage in the first 5 minutes with the points of Şehmus Hazer and Ercan Osmani. Poland’s points also came in free throws. After the television break, Onurlap Bitim’s 3 points and Furkan Korkmaz and Ercan Osmani’s points scored an 8-point difference towards the end of the period. The first period ended with Turkey’s 26-18 superiority.
In the second period, the first point came from Poland with Dominik Olejniczak from under the basket, Melih Mahmutoğlu answered this point with a three-pointer. Turkey entered the timeout in the 8th minute with a 10-point advantage: 32-22. Poland went to the timeout after Turkey’s Yiğitcan Saybir increased the lead to 15 points with 6 points in a row and the score was 38-23. Returning from time-out Poland, with Yiğitcan Saybir and Furkan Korkmaz’s three-pointers in Turkey, reduced the lead to 10 in the last 2 minutes of the period: 44-34. Metecan Birsen responded with 3 points to Poland, which reduced the lead to 8 in the last 1 minute, and the first half ended with Turkey’s lead 47-36.
In the third period, Poland tried to dissolve the gap with 3’s of their players. Furkan Haltalı and Şehmus Hazer responded to Michal Sokolowski and Michal Michalak’s 3-pointers from free kicks. The difference fell to 4 points: 53-49. Turkey managed to increase the gap up to 10 points again in the match where there were mutual numbers on the return of the timeout. With 2.08 remaining to the end of the period, the Polish timeout was passed with a score of 61-51. Jakub Schenk from the guest team countered Furkan Korkmaz and Cedi Osman’s points with his 3-pointer and free throws. Maintaining its superiority in the 3rd period, Turkey finished this period with a score advantage of 68-60.
In the last episode, Turkey increased the gap to 16: 81-65. After the break, Poland’s efforts to dissolve the gap were fruitless with Turkey’s good game. Continuing to play comfortably, Turkey managed to win the match with a score of 94-78, even though the opposing team scored 3 points.
On the other hand, at the end of the third period of the match, the players and technical team of the Turkish Under-18 Basketball National Team, which came second in Europe, were called to the field. The fans and the Turkish National Basketball Team congratulated the silver medalist national team with applause.
Correspondent: Murat Kaya