Serbia beats Turkey 80-74 in EuroBasket 2017 knockout stage

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 04.09.2017 22:54
Updated 04.09.2017 22:57
Serbia's Vladimir Lucic (C) in action against Turkey's Semih Erden (L) and Kenan Sipahi during the EuroBasket 2017 group D match between Turkey and Serbia, in Istanbul, Turkey 04 September 2017. (EPA Photo)
Serbia's Vladimir Lucic (C) in action against Turkey's Semih Erden (L) and Kenan Sipahi during the EuroBasket 2017 group D match between Turkey and Serbia, in Istanbul, Turkey 04 September 2017. (EPA Photo)

Turkish national men's basketball team, also dubbed the "12 Giant Men," lost to Balkan heavyweights Serbia 80-74 late Monday.

The win has been very advantageous for the Serbs to advance to the group stage.

The Crescent-Stars played against Russia and Great Britain in previous Group D matches.

The team will host Belgium Tuesday in the FIBA EuroBasket 2017.

A win would be the best possible morale-booster for the Turkish national team ahead of the final day of the group phase.

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