Turkey opens EuroBasket with 61-55 loss to Finland

Ankara, Sep 5 (IANS) The Turkish men's basketball team suffered a 55-61 loss to Finland on the opening day of the 2013 EuroBasket tournament in Slovenia Wednesday.

Turkish men started the game poorly, with their first point coming from a free-throw six minutes and 43 seconds into the game, Xinhua reported.

Finland led 10-8 in a poor-quality first quarter, but took complete control in the second quarter and finished the first half 32-19.

Their momentum continued early into the third period and they took as they opened up a 19-point lead.

A late push gave Turkey a chance to tie the game, bringing them back to 55-58, but a two-point attempt by Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu went amiss and Finland ended up winning the game.

Point guard Petteri Koponen led the winning team with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Sasu Salin added 12 points.

Turkey play Italy in its second group game.