Bulgaria made it two wins out of two in their EuroBasket Division A qualifying campaign with a comfortable 90-68 win over Finland on the road.
Following up their midweek victory over Hungary, Bulgaria made an emphatic start to the game, with Tencho Banev's dunk followed seconds later by Todor Stoykov's three-pointer to put them 7-1 ahead, and they carried that through to lead 19-10 at the end of the first quarter.
They continued to build their lead, going 37-22 ahead on Stoykov's jump shot with 3:58 to go in the half.
However, Finland found some inspiration before the break, and Hanno Mottola's jumper with 2:03 to go sparked an 8-2 run that cut the deficit to five, 39-34 at the break.
Bulgaria scored the first seven points of the second half to begin to pull clear once more, and when Kaloyan Ivanov sank a three-pointer with 4:22 to go in the third quarter the lead was 53-39.
This time they had done enough to break Finland's spirit, and continued to pull away down the stretch in a cruise to the finish line.
Stoykov led Bulgaria with 28 points while Ivanov made nine of 11 (82%) from the field en route to 24 points. Filip Videnov also reached double figures with 12 points.
Finland, who were playing the opening game of their qualification campaign, wasted 21 points from Mottola.
Pinhas Gershon, head coach of Bulgaria
We were ready to play from the start. I expected a tough game. I believe they (Finland) are a better team than this. I wish them good luck in the future games.
Deyan Ivanov, Bulgaria
Our goal was to stop them offensively. We play well when we play calm and relaxed like tonight.
Henrik Dettmann, head coach of Finland
We have a lot to improve. We have to get our defence working again and move the ball faster in the offence.
Hanno Möttölä, Finland
There's impossible to get good shot opportunities if we move the ball like we did tonight. They simply outplayed us at both ends.