Greece earned a hard fought Eurobasket 2009 quarter-final win against Turkey 76-74 and will continue battle for the medals. Eurobasket 2005 champions limited Turkish star Hedo Turkoglu to zero points till the fourth quarter and were holding a small lead.
Fans in Katowice witnessed a great game as the winner was decided only after an overtime. Although Turkish leaders Hedo Turkoglu and Ersan Ilyasova were kept scoreless for a large part of the game other players stepped up to keep their team in the game. Omer Onan had 13 points as he hit three three-point shots.
Panathinaikos' guard Vassilis Spanoulis led Greece with 23 points. 27-year-old hit some vital shots when his team was behind in the fourth quarter. He also turned the ball over 7 times. Some of those turnovers were made during the overtime and could have costed Greece a win. However, Turkish players were unable to score when the ball was put in their hands.
Greece will face Spain in the semi-final while Bogdan Tanjevic's side take on France for 5th-8th place.
74 – Turkey – (14+12+20+19+9): Hidayet Turkoglu 13, Omer Onan 13, Ersan Ilyasova 9, Kerem Tunceri 9, Omer Asik 9, Oguz Savas 8, Ender Arslan 8, Siner Guler 3, Semih Erden 2.
76 – Greece – (17+12+18+18+11): Vassilis Spanoulis 23, Nikos Zisis 14, Ioannis Bourousis 11, Antonis Fotsis 11, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 9, Giorgos Printezis 6, Efstratios Perperoglou 2.