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Turkey beats Serbia 83-82 to reach world final

 Turkish players celebrate at the final whistle after the semifinal between Turkey and Serbia at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept. 11...
 Serbia's Nenad Krstic, right, puts up a shot as Turkey's Kerem Gonlum, left, and Omer Asik defend during the semifinal round of World Basketball Cham...
 Turkey's Semih Erden celebrates their 83-82 victory over Serbia during the semifinal at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, ...
 Turkey's Kerem Tunceri scores the winning basket during the semifinal between Turkey and Serbia at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept....
 Turkey's Kerem Tunceri,right, celebrates after scoring the winning basket during the semifinal between Turkey and Serbia at the World Basketball Cham...

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Turkish players celebrate at the final whistle after the semifinal between Turkey and Serbia at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept. 11...

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Serbia's Nenad Krstic, right, puts up a shot as Turkey's Kerem Gonlum, left, and Omer Asik defend during the semifinal round of World Basketball Cham...

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Turkey's Semih Erden celebrates their 83-82 victory over Serbia during the semifinal at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, ...

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Turkey's Kerem Tunceri scores the winning basket during the semifinal between Turkey and Serbia at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept....

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Turkey's Kerem Tunceri,right, celebrates after scoring the winning basket during the semifinal between Turkey and Serbia at the World Basketball Cham...

Kerem Tunceri made a layup with 0.5 seconds left and Semih Erden blocked Serbia's final attempt as Turkey reached the final of the basketball world championship with an 83-82 win Saturday.
Turkey got the go-ahead basket in a frantic final minute when Tunceri corralled a loose ball lost by teammate Hedo Turkoglu and drove along the baseline.
After a timeout, Novica Velickovic caught a lob pass but his mid-air attempt was denied by Erden.
"It was nothing except luck," Turkey coach Bogdan Tanjevic said of the finish. "They played the better game."
Turkey will play the United States in Sunday's final. Serbia meets Lithuania for the bronze medal. The two teams have never met in a tournament game, but played three Olympics warmups _ two in 2004 and one in 2008 _ all won by the U.S.
"It's just a like a dream for now," Kerem Gonlum said of Turkey's eight consecutive tournament wins.
Until Tunceri's crossover dribble and 3-pointer over 6-foot-9 (2.06-meter) Velickovic gave Turkey a 76-75 lead, Serbia hadn't trailed since the game's first minutes.
"It was a very tough loss for us but we have to think about next game, the bronze medal game," Milenko Tepic said.
Turkey fell behind 12-6 five minutes in and struggled. Nearly every time it strung together a few points _ as it did when tying the game at 15 with 2:38 left in the first quarter _ Serbia answered with 3-pointers to spurt ahead again.
Serbia hit six of 13 3-point attempts in the first half, and Turkey hit two of nine.
Tunceri scored eight points in a crucial 14-3 fourth-quarter run that put Turkey up 78-75 with 3:20 left.
Marko Keselj led Serbia with 18 points, and Nenad Kristic and Dusko Savanovic had 15 each.
Turkoglu scored 16 points for Turkey; Omer Onan added 14.
With sixteen seconds left, Tunceri drove into the paint and passed to a Erden, who dunked it for an 81-80 lead while being fouled. He screamed, and hung on the rim with one arm for a few seconds as the crowd roared.
"Unfortunately I think we lost our concentration under pressure the last couple of minutes," Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic said.


Updated : 2020-12-06 09:42 GMT+08:00