Quarter-Finals pairings set: Bitim's big shot sends Turkey among the elite eight
TEL AVIV (Israel) - Round of 16 drama is behind us, with amazing dunks, upsets, and big game-winning shots. Quarter-Finals will take place on Thursday, with all four games played in the Shlomo Group Arena.
Great Britain had the biggest upset youth competitions have seen in ages, taking down Group B winners Serbia 77-72. Kayne Henry had a team-high 17 points for Team GB, and his personal highlight reel became richer for one of the dunks of the FIBA U20 European Championship 2019.
Great Britain will take on Germany in the Quarter-Finals. The return of Philipp Herkenhoff was more than enough to hand Greece an 82-54 defeat, powered by the center's 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, and an elite shooting outing by Nils Hassfurther, who knocked down six three-pointers for 21 points, more than in his previous three games combined (18).
In the same part of the bracket, Turkey hit the biggest shot of the day. Onuralp Bitim was left all alone after the pick-and-roll set, and that's a mistake that cost Italy a place in the Quarter-Finals. The final score 82-80, with 25 points from the sharp shooting game hero Bitim.
Turkey will have to deal with Spain next, as Carlos Alocen led a 19-2 rally in the second quarter which was more than enough to take down Slovenia. It finished 71-53, Alocen scored 13 points and had 5 assists in just 19 minutes of work.
In the other part of the bracket, Croatia are up against France after their 89-75 win over Poland, and France's defensive clinic which left Ukraine far behind in a 68-40 blowout. Lithuania are ready to face the hosts and the 3,000 fans in the Shlomo Group Arena, especially after shooting 13-of-24 from deep in their 114-75 neighborhood battle with Latvia.
Israel defeated Montenegro 88-69, and Yam Madar was the star of the show. First, he found out that contesting Andrija Slavkovic's dunk attempts is no easy task, as the Montenegrin wing flew over him.
But the Israeli point guard ended up being on top, with an 18-point, 7-assist, 0-turnovers performance. Noam Avivi scored 17 points, Yair Kravits had 15 and 7 assists, Deni Avdija finished with 12 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a block.
Quarter-Finals pairings, all games on Thursday:
- France v Croatia 13:45 local (12:45 CET)
- Great Britain v Germany 16:00 local (15:00 CET)
- Turkey v Spain 18:15 local (17:15 CET)
- Israel v Lithuania 20:30 local (19:30 CET)