Turkey dominated the last quarter and got the 72-70 win over Italy after a dog fight. Alessandro Gentile finished the game with 26 points but failed to score in the closing seconds and the Turkish national team prevailed. Cedi Osman who scored the go-ahead three (70-68) and had 20 points in total was the leader of the winners.
Tofas Bursa has a new playmaker in its backcourt with the arrival of guard Tarik Phillip who signed a one year contract with an option for another season, the club announced on Thursday. Phillip (1.90 meters, 26 years old) has spent last season with Memphis of the G-League where he averaged 14.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals. Phillip started his professional career with Szolnoki in Hungary, and has also played with Logron in the Spanish second division. He is now set to make his 7DAYS EuroCup debut.
Turkey beat Senegal 94-59 in their preparation game at Sinan Erdem Arena ahead of the FIBA World Cup 2019. Ersan Ilyasova paced the hosts with 16 points and five rebounds, while Furkan Korkmaz and Cedi Osman added 13 and 11 points respectively.