Eurobasket 2011: Spain Turkey 57-65

With the best version, and the best 20 minutes of the championship against Lithuania (36-62) , Spain reached the top of Group A. Now the goal was to beat Turkey, already classified by the Polish defeat at the hands of Britain in the previous game, to reach the second stage full of victories. And the advantage of adding two wins against teams that go to the next stage of the race.

Sergio Scariolo decided to book Pau Gasol because of a bruised ankle. At half the score and doctors decide whether the power forward for the Lakers ran the risk involved. The NBA ‘will not play until Wednesday, September 7 (14:30) which mediate the Germany Nowitzki and Kaman.

The game started with a cold and low scoring (11-8 three minutes from the end of the first quarter). The Spanish team showed more concentration than rival and set a good job over the first period ahead, 19-10.

Second quarter
Entered Preldzic very plugged into the second quarter had 11 points in three minutes. Rudy Fernandez took over from Marc Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro in paragraph scorer, but Ibaka was charged with second midway through the fourth and personnel remained on the track. Turkey contracted to reduce the gap to three points after a Turkish NBA matte Kanter (31-28).

A basket of Asik Turkoglu and a partially completed a 5-0 to level the match at 33 points. Both teams were down the intensity, perhaps due to an involuntary relaxation of knowing that qualified for the three games of the second phase. Jose Calderon a zone 2-3 with a triple and three seconds to reach the rest. Onan missed a two and the match went into halftime and Turkey visited the locker room down three points.

The statistics showed two evenly matched teams (9 fouls, 5 recoveries, 14-15 rebounds) but the feeling was that Spain, better organized in the circulation of the ball, he could leave behind his rival when they increased their defensive pressure. Turkey bases his game on individual inspiration, more predictable and erratic, but still it close.

Spain will hold the pull in third quarter
The party continued in the third quarter thick. Turkey stalked Spain with a partial 7-0 that began after a triple by Marc and an unsportsmanlike foul (his third personal), but arguably, he pointed to pivot the Grizzlies on the next play. Ibaka committed his third at 2:30 to the end. Felipe Reyes with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 cap was created to stop the bleeding.

Marc made the fourth seven minutes from fulltime and Victor Claver unpublished on the bench, and Kings Ibaka Asik fought with every play. A run of 2-11 put Turkey ahead of the game with 3:40 minutes left (57-60).

Spain had 2 points in nine minutes ( see complete statistics ). Rudy missed two free throws. Turkoglu scored a triple and Spain, with 6 points down, said goodbye to the party in the absence of 30 seconds. Marc sent a shot from three a crowd.