Bulgaria pulled even with Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group A additional qualifying Saturday night with a crucial 70-69 win that was in doubt until the very end with poor free throw shooting dooming the group leaders.
Bosnia and Herzegovina had the better of the action early on but could never really pull away thanks to a balanced scoring effort by the Bulgarians led by Roderick Blakney, Todor Stoykov and Kaloyan Ivanov who accounted for 24 of their teams 33 points at half-time.
BIH stayed just a nose ahead of their opponents in the first half thanks to 10 points from Jasmin Hukic whose three-pointer with 1:10 left in the first half gave his team a seven point edge only to be offset by a Blakney three as the clock wound down to make the score 36-33 to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the half.
The game remained tight throughout and with time running out Bosnia and Herzegovina found themselves with the chance to solidify their spot at the top of the group from the free throw line.
With seven seconds on the clock and his team trailing by two American-born Terrel Ray Castle was fouled.
Castle made the first and missed the second but managed his own rebound and was fouled again giving him two free throws with his team down one.
Castle missed both and a rebound by Nikolay Varbanov secured the win for Bulgaria.