Perfect Turkey claim Europe Conference title at FIBA Esports Open II
MIES (Switzerland) - Turkey claimed the Europe Conference title at the FIBA Esports Open 2020 II without suffering defeat over the two days.
They concluded the event with their seventh successive victory, edging out Germany 65-59 to follow up an opening 71-41 triumph in the best-of-three Final.
Quarter-Finals: Germany 75-66 Cyprus, Turkey 57-41 Latvia, Italy 53-41 Portugal, Spain 72-75 Great Britain;
Semi-Finals: Germany 66-60 Great Britain, Turkey 56-55 Italy;
Finals: Germany 41-71 Turkey, Turkey 65-59 Germany
Earlier, Germany had been the first team through to the last four after beating Cyprus 75-66, while Turkey were next to maintain their perfect record after seeing off Latvia in a 57-41 victory.
Marco Clemente (@Marconite24) and Artem Kulyk (@FabalousFabalo) combined for 43 points as Italy moved on with a 53-41 triumph over Portugal before Great Britain completed the lineup with a stunning win at the buzzer to deny Spain, 75-72, in overtime.
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Germany ended the run of Great Britain with a 66-60 triumph as Marcel Stohl (@MGoCrzy) contributed 24 points and 12 assists.
Turkey then ended the title defence of Italy in dramatic fashion with an alley-oop game-winner in the final seconds to claim a memorable victory by the narrowest of margins, 56-55.
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Results: Latvia 56-68 Germany; Russia 82-41 Ukraine; Bosnia and Herzegovina 50-117 Germany; Russia 49-63 Latvia; Ukraine 62-68 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Germany wiped out a four-point deficit with 6.0 seconds remaining to force overtime before eventually prevailing 68-56 in an unbeaten clash with Latvia. They were then dominant against Bosnia and Herzegovina to win the group with a 117-50 victory.
Latvia still advanced as they moved to 3-1 with a crucial 63-49 triumph over Russia, who had boosted their hopes of making the playoffs by beating Ukraine 82-41.
In the final game of the group, Bosnia picked up a maiden win after overcoming Ukraine, 68-62.
Results: Austria 54-74 Cyprus; Turkey 87-32 Ireland
Cyprus put their disappointing opening day behind them with a pivotal display as they beat Austria 74-54, which would be enough to advance in the three-way tie for second.
Paris Petrou (@SheLovesSnxggy) almost outscored the opposition entirely on their own with a mammoth 49-point effort along with 7 assists.
Turkey denied Ireland a place in the next phase as they moved to 3-0 with a comfortable 87-32 victory.
Results: Italy 46-34 Lithuania; Croatia 49-72 Great Britain
Italy picked up from where they left off to stay unbeaten with a 46-34 success against Lithuania, while Great Britain advanced in style with a convincing 72-49 victory over Croatia.
Results: Spain 112-56 Czech Republic; Portugal 64-36 Switzerland
Spain wrapped up top spot in the group with ease as they enjoyed a crushing 112-56 win over Czech Republic. Oscar Reyes Corral (@TheDoctorDz) led the way with an incredible 44 points and 18 assists with Leandro Fernandez (@leleferpi) close behind in the scoring stakes with 42 points.
Meanwhile, Portugal advanced as they secured a decisive 64-36 success over Switzerland for their second win in the group.