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Greeks advance to Euro Playoff semi-finals by beating Turkey!
Kick Turk butt in Poland! Was there ever any doubt????

Next up, Spain!

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RE: Greeks advance to Euro Playoff semi-finals by beating Turkey!
Greece beat Turkey in overtime in the most exciting final stage game so far - Sep 18, 2009 (by Eurobasket News)

Prior to tip-off for this game between these arch rivals, the media were informed about a tragic event that occurred in a nearby coal mine, where 12 coal miners lost their lives. In a fitting tribute, everybody inside the Spodek Arena paid their respect with a well observed period of silence.




The Greek fans were as usual in boisterous mood and vastly outnumbered their counterparts making a raucous sound even before the game had started.
The first points of the contest were scored by Omer Asik (211-C-86) and followed by 3-pointer by Omer Onan (194-G-78) as Turkey started brightly but the Greeks responded as Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) got them off the mark.

Turkey tried to maintain their early advantage, but after Spanoulis 3-pointer, the Greeks tied the game at 7-7 before Zisis rattled off 5 consecutive points to hand his team their first lead of the game at 12-9. Moments later Turkey tied the game up again and then Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) challenged NBA star Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) down each end of the floor with the Greeks taking back the lead at 17-14 heading into the second period. Not surprisingly that gave the noisy Greek supporters even more reason to increase the tempo off the court, this game more than just about basketball with national pride coming into play too. Greece had put together a very good defence, especially against Turkish leader Turkoglou, who ended the first quarter with no points and that would need to continue.



The second quarter started the same way as the Greeks kept storming the Turkish side. After the effective dunk of Schortsanitis followed two free throws, and then a Zisis' bucket, Greece extended their lead to 24-16.The Greek team were playing more aggressively, especially at the defensive end and Turkoglu was finally put on the bench to be replaced by Ender Arslan (190-G-83) but initially the game did not change much.

Eventually the Greeks missed a few free throws and the chance to increase their lead. Turkey looked like they could not find any response to that tough defence of the Greek team and when Turkoglu went back on the court for last 4 minutes of the quarter, he might not have been able to find his rhythm but his team did rally to get within three points going into the locker room at the half time break.

Turkey started the second half as they had finished the first, getting back the lead at 32-31 but as the roller-coaster ride continued, Greece responded quickly getting back into a 4-point lead. The game was very tough and neither team were budging or giving each other a shot at breaking away, much better for the fans than the two relative blowouts in the first two quarter-finals. By the end of the third quarter Greece still had their noses in front at 47-46 to underline the closeness of the contest.

The last quarter started similar way to the penultimate period although things changed in the 6th minute when the Turks got back in front and then increased the lead to 4-points (56-52) after five consecutive points from Turkoglu. Suddenly it was the Greek team which was in trouble as Turkoglu took the initiative on both boards.

After another triple by the NBA man, Turkey found themselves ahead 63-57 up with just two minutes left before the final buzzer and Spanoulis tried his best to speed up the game for Greeks. He was scoring on and initializing every action. Thanks to his influence, Greece managed to close the gap to 2 points (63-61) helped by a massive Nikolaos Zisis 3-pointer.Then what looked to be Impossible happened. 40 seconds before the end of the game another action initiated by again by Spanoulis resulted in a nice assist to Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) and his 3-pointer changed the momentum as Greece edged back in front at 64-63. Bogdan Tanjevic called time out for Turkey and with the ball, Turkoglu missed the pass for an easy score inside.



A quick foul by Tunceri and that put Zisis on the foul line but crucially he misses one of two free throws. It was 65-63 for Greece and 18 more seconds to go. The last second hero was Ender Arslan. He waited with the ball for over 10 seconds, drove on the basket and after a superb re-adjustment, got to the hoop to secure the points for Turkey and with that terrific play - overtime.


Greece managed to get an early 5-point lead after Spanoulis and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) converted before Turkey cut the lead to 2 points (69-72) after a bucket by Tunceri. Vassilis Spanoulis then drained what looked to be a real dagger but within seconds, Ersan Ilyasova responded in kind to put the score to 72-75 just one minute before the end.

Turkoglu then charged the basket and got an important 2-pointer cutting Greeks lead to 1 point (75-74). Then the Magic man tried to make a big play and arguably made a big mistake in trying to force the situation but unlike a few seconds earlier, this time under severe pressure and he missed. Zisis then quickly drew a foul with just 10 seconds left and missed another from the line but got the other one. Both teams had done their best to throw the gamne away and with the last possession of a thrilling game, Arslan could not repeat his regular time shot and Greece marched on to the semi-finals sparking triumphant scenes on he buzzer both on the court and in the crowd.
09-19-2009 10:18 AM
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