Hedo Turkoglu: FIBA refs stole Turkey’s gold medal in U18 European Championships

Former NBA player and the President of Turkish Basketball Federation Hidayet Turkoglu was livid when Turkey lost to Spain 57-53 in a tightly contested game. He wasn’t mad at his team, but unhappy with the FIBA officials refereeing the U18 European Championship Final. Here’s what Hedo tweeted after the game:

Turkoglu spoke out against the governing body and tweeted that FIBA ‘stealing his team’s gold medal’: “It’s a shame FIBA, really shame, your referees stole my team’s gold medal, it’s unforgivable, it is embarrassing with these officiating.”

Turkoglu may have referring to the fact that Spain trailed Turkey by 13 points (36-23) in the third quarter before more than doubling their output the rest of the game.

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The U18 team from Spain was led by Santiago Aldama who was the top scorer from both teams in the championship match, putting up over 40% of the teams points with 23. The small forward was also named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament. Spain’s pivot Usman Garuba combined with Aldama for more than half the team’s points finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Turkey was led by their shooting guard Mustafa Kurtuldum who shot for 19 points as well as Alperen Şengün, playing as power forward who put up 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in finale. Şengün was Turkey’s most consistent player and joined Aldama on the U18 Euro Championship tournament’s All-Star Five.

With this title, Spain’s boasts their fourth FIBA U18 European Championship.

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