IWBF

28th August - 6th September

Worcester, England

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Game 73: Impressive Great Britain overcome Turkey to be crowned European Champions

In the gold medal match at the European Championships, both teams started brightly showing excellent shooting around the key and matching each other basket for basket. In a fast paced game, Great Britain's superior shooting meant they started to edge ahead, but Turkey's impressive defensive play kept them within touching distance. Both teams kept the pressure on in the last few minutes with Turkey's solid defence of the key only being beaten by impressive shooting by Great Britain who were leading 21-13 at the break. 

The pace of the game slowed at the beginning of the second quarter with Great Britain controlling the flow with possession. Turkey began finding space under the basket, reducing Great Britain's lead, while the number of Great Britain's baskets started to decrease. After a time out for Great Britain, the momentum of both teams slowed and with two solid defensive displays, baskets were at a premium. In the final few minutes the lead remained constant as free throws become both teams only real opportunity. The half finished with Great Britain leading 34-25. 

Both teams started the second half with excellent defence of there keys but yet again perfect shooting from Great Britain meant they extended there lead. Great Britain's advantage reached 19 points with successive 3 point plays to stop any Turkish revival. In the final few minutes of the quarter Turkey matched Great Britain's basket for basket but with two more 3 point plays for Great Britain's G. Choudhry, they maintained there commanding 19 point lead with the scores 61-42 at the break. 

Needing a massive 4th quarter Turkey started quickly, but Great Britain's offence led by T. Bywater meant the lead remained constant with the Gold medal in Great Britain's grasp. Turkey's shooting was of high quality but outstanding team offensive play by Great Britain gave Turkey little hope of a comeback. Turkey performed valiantly in the final few minutes as they tried to close the gap but defending champions Great Britain showed there pedigree by controlling the ball and running down the clock. After an excellent performance, Great Britain beat Turkey 87-66 to be crowned European Champions! 

Top Scorers

Great Britain:
1. T. Bywater (29) 2. I. Sagar (17) 3. A. Jama (12)

Turkey:
1. Ö. Gürbulak (20) 2. F. Gümüs (17) 3. I. Ar (8) 

MVP: T. Bywater (Great Britain)