After the unexpected win against Spain, Belgium had a first chance against Turkey to secure a ticket for the next round, but that would not be an easy task. Turkey has one of its strongest squads in years and the Turks were also on edge after losing to Georgia.
Turkey started the match very focused, while Belgium had little left of all the good things the Lions had shown against Spain.
The Turkish NBA top players Korkmaz and Sengun – especially the latter was outstanding – made their mark in attack and defense and a searching Belgium came in a dramatic 1st quarter with only 6 points.
But the Lions have shown this European Championship on several occasions an enormous mental toughness and once again fought their way into the game. Under the impulse of an excellent substitute Bratanovic, who made his first minutes at this European Championship, Belgium nibbled at the Turkish bonus of 19 units. At halftime the difference was still 7 points.
After the break, the Belgians unfortunately did not succeed in continuing the positive line of the end of the 1st half. Turkey went up a gear again and it was especially the all-powerful Sengun (24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists) who again and again pressed the Belgian hopes with a brilliant performance.
Limiting the damage, that’s all there was to it for the Belgian Lions, who eventually went into the boat with a difference of 15 points: 63-78. With the win, Turkey is certain of the next round, Belgium will have to finish it themselves against Bulgaria on Wednesday.
Belgium: Bratanovic 15, Vanwijn 11, Lecomte 8, Libert 7, Tabu 6, De Zeeuw 5, Obasohan 4, Gillet 3, Bako 2, Bleijenbergh 2, Mwema and Tumba 0.