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Eurobasket 2009, Days 5 and 6

GAME OF THE DAY: In a physical battle, with Hedo Turkoglu hurt and unable to put the team on his back in the decisive moments, Turkey fought down Spain 63:60. It hadn’t been a game of high quality all along.


Referees allowed a lot of contact [one of the characteristics of refereeing in this year's Eurobasket so far], which consecuently turned the game into a fight under the basket. Both teams are not known for their physical toughness, but Turkey still came out on top, when Ersan Ilyasova blocked [it looked clean] Sergio Llull’s potential game winning dunk attempt. Marc Gasol stated in his post game interview that the ball should have gone to Pau. Spain, now at 1-2 in Group F, is facing Lithuania today, a game which both teams, two of the top contenders among experts prior to this tournament, cannot afford to lose.

Ersan Ilyasova was Turkey’s key guy once again, finishing with 15 points and 5 rebounds, while Omer Asik had 13 and Kerem Tunceri, who has been solid all tournament [he's had only two turnovers so far … as a point guard], added 11.

 

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