Russia Leave Slovenia Positively



Turning Point: Turkey had just taken the lead 65-64 early in the fourth quarter when Sergey Karasev sparked a 19-5 run with 11 points.

Game Hero: Sergey Karasev collected 25 points and five rebounds to lead the Russian attack.
Stats Don't Lie: This was a tight showdown all-around, also stats-wise. But Russia out-shot Turkey 51.6% to 48.3% from the field and 40% to 33.3% from long range. Russia also shared the ball better with 20 assists to 15 for Turkey.

Monday's maiden win was a positive way for a young Russian squad to exit EuroBasket 2013

Russia finished their disappointing EuroBasket 2013 campaign with their first victory as they beat Turkey 89-77 to finish Group D action in Koper with a 1-4 record.

Sergey Karasev led the way for Russia with 25 points as well as five rebounds while Semen Antonov scored 14 points, Anton Ponkrashov hit for 13 and Alexey Savrasenko collected 12 points and five rebounds. Aleksey Shved chipped in eight points, nine assists and two blocks.

"We had a lot of injured players. I'm very happy that our young players came on the court and showed what they can do. We showed how we want to play in the future, especially on offence," said Russia coach Vasiliy Karasev.

"This game helps us, we have a new team, new coaching staff. We just wanted to play our game. The young players played with full energy. We wanted to show that we are Russia," said Sergey Karasev.

Turkey, who also finished at 1-4, were led by Oguz Savas with 18 points while Kerem Gönlüm had 17 points, Ersan Ilyasova tallied 13 and Ender Arslan added 12 points.

"We didn't find our energy to play our defence. The heart and morale of the team was down," said Turkey coach Bogdan Tanjevic.

"It's clear that somebody in this situation has to step down," said Tanjevic, who added a press conference is planned in Turkey for Thursday.

Savrasenko scored Russia's first six points for a 6-3 lead while the young duo of Dmitry Kulagin and Sergey Karasev helped Russia battle Turkey's NBA forward Ilyasova and Euroleague guard Arslan. There were three lead changes and three ties in the first quarter, which ended with Turkey up 17-16.

The back and forth continued in the second quarter with four more lead changes and six more tied games. Turkey did open a six-point lead on Arslan's triple for 39-33. But Russia tallied the next six points to even the game again before Turkey went up 40-39 into the break.

Savas pushed the lead to 42-39 before Antonov's triple was followed by two straight long balls from Karasev and a three-point play by Shved to open a 51-44 Russia cushion. Turkey answered with an 11-2 run to pull back ahead before Antonov's triple gave Russia a 58-57 lead after three quarters.

The Russians went ahead 64-59 on a Ponkrashov three-point play. Savas came back with two three-point plays for a 65-64 Turkey lead before Karasev scored 11 points to spark a 19-5 run and decide the game.



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