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2023 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup: Turkey Dominates Quarterfinal Clash, Advancing to the Semifinals with a Commanding Victory over Canada

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In an intense quarterfinal matchup between Canada and Turkey, it was Turkey who came out of the gates firing. They forced a steal on the first possession and capitalized with a layup, quickly going on a commanding 12-0 run. Same Yigitoglu’s posterizing dunk prompted a timeout from Canada as they sought to regroup.

Canada’s David Simon finally ended their scoring drought in the seventh minute with a jump hook, providing some relief for his team. However, Turkey’s strong defensive performance throughout the first quarter prevented Canada from finding easy scoring opportunities. Despite the defensive pressure, Elijah Fisher of Canada showcased his skills with tough acrobatic layups down the stretch. Xaivian Lee managed to convert a contested layup just before the quarter’s end, cutting Turkey’s lead to 16.

Moving into the second quarter, Arda Sivas of Turkey made an impressive and-one three-pointer, displaying his scoring ability. Berke Buyuktuncel then thrilled the crowd with a powerful two-handed dunk, adding to Turkey’s momentum. Turkey’s stifling defense made every basket difficult for Canada. However, Xaivian Lee of Canada responded with a tough layup, giving his team a much-needed boost.

Turkey continued to dominate in the second quarter, using a combination of blocks and back-to-back three-pointers to extend their lead to 24 points. The score stood at 23-47, firmly in favor of the Turks. Karahan Efeoglu closed out the first half with a three-pointer, granting Turkey a commanding 28-point advantage.

The third quarter saw Bubu Benjamin of Canada coming out strong, scoring eight consecutive points to ignite his team’s offense. Turkey’s Samet Yigitoglu added another highlight-reel poster dunk to his repertoire, displaying his athleticism. Despite Turkey’s efforts, Canada found their groove in the third quarter, outscoring Turkey 24-19.

As the fourth quarter commenced, Thomas Hurley of Canada knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, prompting Turkey to call a timeout with less than a minute into the fourth. Throughout the game, Arda Sivas of Turkey played exceptional defense and created scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates with on-ball trickery and movement.

Turkey’s victory was led by Karahan Efeoglu, who contributed 27 points on an impressive 11-of-16 shooting. Arda Sivas finished with 18 points, showcasing his all-around skills. Berke Buyuktuncel also made his presence felt with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Turkey. On the Canadian side, Thomas Hurley led his team with 13 points.

Turkey now progresses to the Semi-Finals where they will face Spain.

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