It may be cold in Sweden but Norrköping Dolphins were red hot shooting the ball in the first half on Tuesday night.
The Swedish fans watched their team put 66 points on the board before the break against a woeful Türk Telekom and Norrköping ultimately settled for 101-89 triumph in the EuroChallenge Regular Season opener for both teams.
Seven different Dolphins players hit three-pointers on the night and they finished 14 of 27 from long range.
Trailing by 24 points at half-time, there was no way back for the Turks against the rampant Swedes.
When it was over, George Gervin's 16 points led a balanced Dolphins scoring attack.
The veteran also had six rebounds.
Mikael Lindqvist finished with 15 points while Joakim Kjellbom and Oladapo Ayuba poured in 14 apiece.
Europe has been very kind so far to the Swedish outfit because they also defeated Okapi Aalstar of Belgium in both of their EuroChallenge qualifying games.
Anthony Gaffney led all scorers with 24 points in defeat.
Dolphins Player Mikael Lindqvist:
"We were playing really good and moved the ball very good, and we got very
easy shots. In the second half we kept Türk Telekom behind and we could win the game"
Dolphins Head Coach Kelly Grant:
"It was a big step for us. I didn't think that we could win the game with 17 turnovers, but we did win the game. We played really good, both in offence and defence. Today we showed that we can compete with other teams internationally. We have played three games in the EuroChallenge - two against Okapi Allstar and now Türk Telecom resulting in three victorys."
Türk Telekom Head Coach Faruk Akagün:
"I think our defence was really bad and Dolphins got very easy shots. It´s a new team and you could see it today, especially in the defence where we make a lot of mistakes. In the second half we played better and Dolphins didn't get the easy shots any more. In then next game I hope we can play better and more organized".