- Title: YUGOSLAVIA: EUROPEAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS YUGOSLAVIA BEAT TURKEY 96-62
- Date: 18th July 1998
- Summary: BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA (JULY 17, 1998) YUGOSLAVIA 92 TURKEY 62 (YUGOSLAVIA IN BLUE) 1. TEAMS LINE UP IN PIONIR HALL 2. START OF MATCH 3. VALDO SCEPANOVIC (9) SETS UP MILENKO TOPIC (4) FOR YUGOSLAV BASKET 4. VLADE DIVAC (WITH BEARD) OF NBA HORNETS PLAYER IN CROWD APPLAUDING 5. TURKEY BASKET 6. YUGOSLAVIA BASKET 7. ZALJKO REBRACA STEAL FOR ANOTHER YUGOSLAVIA SCORE 8. TURKEY SCORE 9. YUGOSLAV COACH ZELJKO OBRADOVIC IN BLACK SHOUTING 10. NIKOLA BULATOVIC (12) FAST BREAK TO SCORE FOR YUGOSLAVIA 11. TOPIC SCORES 12. TURKEY SCORE 13. END OF MATCH Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 2nd August 1998 13:00
- Location: BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA
- Country: Yugoslavia
- Reuters ID: LVADHEHN0FLTSF3X76RNNY6QZACT
- Story Text: European basketball champions Yugoslavia beat Turkey 92-62 on Friday (July 17) in their last friendly home match before the World Chapionships in Athens.
The Yugoslav team led 44-29 at the end of the first half.Their superior physical fitness meant they were even more dominant after the break and they ran out comfortable winners 92-62.
For the last three decades the Yugoslav team have consistently been one of the top three world basketball powers.
The sanctions imposed against Yugoslavia for it's role in the war in Bosnia, has resulted in the Yugoslav basketball squad being unable to participation in several major tournaments, but their come-back was highly succesful, with victory in the European chamionships in Athens in 1996 The whole Yugoslav first team was made of players who played in NBA or Euroepean clubs - Danilovic, Paspalj, Divac, Djordjevic, Rebraca, Loncar and others.Only younger players like Dragan Lukovski, Predrag Drobnjak, Dejan Tomasevic and Vlado Scepanovic play in the Yugoslav national league.
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