ANKARA

The Turkish National Basketball Team on Friday faced an unexpected loss to the Netherlands by 65-72 in the capital Ankara, making a disappointing start to the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers.

Dutch point guard Charlon Kloof, 29, was the top scorer of the match, producing 27 points.

The visitors’ shooting guard Yannick Franke had 16 points.

Turkey’s top scorer was Fenerbahce Beko shooting guard and team captain Melih Mahmutoglu, who clocked up 20 points.

In addition, Turkish small forward James Metecan Birsen made a “double-double” with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

In their next match, Turkey will visit Sweden on

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