Turkey and Poland spring surprises, reach Quarter-Finals
KAUNAS (FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2018) - Inspired by brilliant individual performances, Turkey defeated Latvia and Poland took down Germany as the field was set for the Quarter-Finals.
Sude Yilmaz's sensational first half set Turkey on their way, the wing finishing opening 20 minutes with 21 points on 11 shots, capped by a brilliant offensive rebound and put-back.
Yilmaz added just five further points in the second half, but she was ably supported by Melek Uzunoglu, who contributed a gaudy stat-line of 21 points, 9 boards, 7 blocks and 6 steals for an efficiency of 39, somehow eclipsing Yilmaz's 37 as Turkey pulled away for the 74-59 victory.
Poland found their own impressive individual contributors to take down Germany, who unfortunately lost captain Sarah Polleros to injury in the first half. Magdalena Szymkiewicz took full advantage, going 7-of-10 from downtown on her way to a tournament-high 29 points.
But Szymkiewicz also benefited from a brilliant sidekick, with Alicja Rogozinska stuffing the stat-sheet with a fantastic line of 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 steals to add to 12 assists - also a tournament-high.
Poland will play Spain next after the Spanish used another phenomenal run to break open their game with Belgium, scoring 36 unanswered points to close the first half.