Turkey escapes Senegal, makes FIBA OQT semis

Naveen Ganglani
Turkey escapes Senegal, makes FIBA OQT semis

Martin San Diego

Big shots down the stretch by Muhammed help Turkey advance

MANILA, Philippines – The Turkey national basketball team pulled away late in the fourth quarter to defeat Senegal, 68-62, and make the semifinals of the FIBA Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Thursday, July 7, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Led by a strong outing from Semih Erden and a bounce-back game by Ali Muhammed, the Turks claim the second spot in the standings of Group A and will face the winner of Thursday’s game between France and New Zealand in the next round.

After Maleye Ndoye hit a 3-pointer to cut the Turkey lead to 63-60 with 1:03 to go, Muhammed drilled a 3-pointer that put his team up 6 and enough of a cushion to hold on for the win.

CLUTCH. Ali Muhammed delivers for Senegal. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Muhammed finished with 23 points and 6 rebounds while Erden haf 14 and 11. Ndoye scored 15 points to lead Senegal. – Rappler.com

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