08 - 16
July 2023
34 Armel Traore (FRA)
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France flash offensive fireworks, Buyuktuncel shines for Turkey as Round of 16 is set

HERAKLION (Greece) - The Group Phase of the FIBA U20 European Championship 2023 is complete as three teams remained undefeated including France, who put on an offensive spectacle, while Turkey topped Group A after a battle with Italy.

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Key Storylines

- France unleashed an offensive onslaught with 110 points, 166 efficiency and 9-of-9 three-pointers in 2nd quarter in blowout of Iceland
- Berke Buyuktuncel carries Turkey to first place in Group A
- Lithuania, Spain join France as undefeated teams entering Knockout Phase

Top Performers

Turkey were broiled in a defensive battle with Italy but Berke Buyuktuncel was a force offensively as he poured in 26 points on 7-of-14 shots and 9-of-11 free throws to go with 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal for an efficiency of 27.

Daniel Wolf of Israel was one point behind in efficiency at 26 for Israel - albeit in a loss as his 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals were not enough in a loss to Belgium.

Three players were even on efficiency at 24 including Lithuania's Liutauras Lelevicius, who tallied 20 points on 4-of-7 shots and 11-of-12 free throws along with 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in the win over Poland.

The other two players with a 24 efficiency were teammates. Nikolaos Plotas of Greece scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting including 4 three-pointers to go with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 1 block in a win over Croatia.

Plotas' teammate Evangelous Zougris picked up a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds while also chipping in 3 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.  

Results of the Day

Group A

Turkey 55-52 Italy
Belgium 70-54 Israel

Group B

Montenegro 69-75 Serbia 
Estonia 56-78 Spain

Group C

Poland 68-73 Lithuania
Croatia 64-78 Greece

Group D

Germany 64-58 Slovenia 
Iceland 45-110 France

Round of 16 Pairings

Turkey vs Montenegro
Greece vs Iceland
Serbia vs Italy
France vs Poland
Belgium vs Estonia
Lithuania vs Slovenia
Spain vs Israel
Germany vs Croatia