– Damn what a match. As the match progressed, any team could have won. Regardless of who was the winner, we accepted the result, says United States coach Greg Popovich according to the Associated Press.
It was light reactions from the American players who thanked each other and the audience, attracting the spectators the most. It was a drama that contained most things and a little more, even though it was just a group stage match. It was a loss that stunned the Turkish players and fans. It was very close.
– it really hurts. I think the game was in our hands, not in ours, says Furkan Korkmaz, who scored 16 points for Turkey.
With twelve seconds remaining, the US timeout 79-81. The Turkish players hit hard but the US national team managed to keep the ball in play. With 0.1 seconds remaining, Jason Tatum was fouled in a three-point attempt and received three penalties. First put, missed the second and third put for 81-81. The extension is proven.
Four consecutive penalty kicks have been missed by Turkey in the past nine seconds
It looked as if Turkey would win in overtime as the team advanced 92-91, but with nine seconds remaining, Dogus Balbay left with two free throws, and a second later Sidi Osman missed his two throws. Four consecutive penalty kicks missed Turkey, whose shooters got a rubber arm in front of a mesmerizing crowd at Shanghai Sports Center. Khris Middleton didn’t shiver at all, but he placed two penalty shots 2.1 seconds before the match ended after he mistook himself.
The United States is the defending champion of the championships in 2014 and 2010. The last loss from the semi-finals was in Japan against Greece in 2006. The US has now achieved 21 consecutive World Cup victories and expanded its record range.