The French team will always be remembered for their Euro 16 tie against Turkey. The scenes are crazy, and the qualifications are even more beautiful. For the Turkish coach, however, it was a huge disappointment and hard to accept.
“It was probably the worst emotional defeat of his 26-year coaching career,” Turkey coach Elgin Ataman said after the game His team was knocked out of the Euro 16, against the Blues (86-87). Despite his sadness, he would like to congratulate France on the victory and wish them further progress in the game.
France beat Turkey 87-86 after extra time to advance to the quarter-finals of the FIBA Euros, where they will face Serbia or Italy.
But the scene of this game is more than just crazy. Turkey had a 2-point lead with 12 seconds remaining. The Turks were then awarded two free throws and one possession after Luwawu-Cabarrot committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Cedi Osman. At the time, the matter appeared to have been resolved.
But then the magic of the sport took another hit. Osman missed two free throws, and on the next possession, Turkey conceded. France tied the game with Gobert’s powerful dunk before winning 87-86 in overtime. Furkan Korkmaz had the ball to win the game, but his final shot was off balance and missed a 3-pointer.