Turkey beats Serbia 83-82 to reach basketball world championship final against USBy AP
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Turkey tops Serbia 83-82 to gain final against US
ISTANBUL — Kerem Tunceri made a layup with 0.5 seconds left, Semih Erden blocked Serbia’s final attempt and Turkey reached the final of the world championship with an 83-82 victory Saturday.
Turkey got the go-ahead basket in a frantic final minute when Tunceri corralled a loose ball lost by teammate Hedo Turkoglu and drove along the baseline.
After a timeout, Novica Velickovic caught a lob pass but his midair attempt was denied by Erden.
“It was nothing except luck,” Turkey coach Bogdan Tanjevic said of the finish. “They played the better game.”
Turkey will play the United States in Sunday’s final. Serbia meets Lithuania for the bronze medal.
Tunceri scored eight points in a crucial 14-3 fourth-quarter run that put Turkey up 78-75 with 3:20 left.
“Unfortunately I think we lost our concentration under pressure the last couple of minutes,” Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic said.
Turkoglu, the Phoenix Suns forward, scored 16 points for Turkey, while Marko Keselj led Serbia with 18.
“It was a very tough loss for us but we have to think about next game, the bronze medal game,” Milenko Tepic said.
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