One of the most intriguing matches of the fourth “window” of the FIBA World Cup selection was recorded in Istanbul.
The Turkish national team (2/4) in their arena after a tough fight 72:79 (11:26, 17:21, 27:18, 17:14) fell against Serbia (3/3).
Even before the controversial ball, the fans of Serbia breathed a sigh of relief, because he was included in the starting five, who was injured in the last match, but avoided a serious injury Vasilije Micicius.
The start of the match belonged to the guests, who broke away early, and with the siren of the second half, Nikola Kalinicius consolidated it with a shot from his side of the field. However, after a long break, everything turned upside down.
The Turks, supported by their fans, were able to return to the game and with two minutes left to play, the score was already equal – 72:72. At the decisive moment, the Serbians rallied and did not miss a single point and triumphed 79:72.
Nikola Jokic scored 24 points in 25 minutes (10/16 2-pointers, 4/5 free throws), had 10 rebounds and a steal, had 3 turnovers, 4 fouls and collected 25 utility points. The Turks did not allow him to make a single assist.
Marko Guduričius (6 rebounds) and Nikola Kaliničius (6 rebounds) added 14 points each, Vladimir Lučičius added 11 points.
For the Turkish national team, Cedi Osman scored 22 points (7/9 double-pointers, 2/10 three-pointers), 18 – Furkan Korkmaz, 17 – Alperen Šengun (13 rebounds).
The Turks will start the European Championship in Group A, while the Serbs will start in Group D.