|Guard Tobias Borg helped Sweden with 17 points, while also collecting 6 rebounds and dishing out 2 assists|
Sweden have boosted their chances of qualifying to the second round of the Sportland U20 European Championship with a 76-70 victory over Ukraine on Thursday, their first after two games in the competition in Tallinn.
For Ukraine meanwhile, this defeat means they have become the first team to be eliminated from the race for a top-three finish in Group B and they will have to play in the Classification Round and fight to avoid relegation to Division B.
Ukraine looked their best during the opening quarter of the clash and scored the first ten points in the game to hold a 20-12 lead going into the second frame.
But then Tobias Borg sprung into action.
The Swedish point guard first sunk a series of jump-shots and scored 11 almost consecutive points for his team to gradually claw their way back, and then he hit another jumper almost at the half-time buzzer to give them their first lead in the game, 36-35.
Sweden attempted to pull away when play resumed and grabbed a 10-point advantage midway trough the third quarter.
While Ukraine quickly brought the gap back to single-digit levels, the balance in the game had shifted for good and they did not manage to come any closer than five points in the clutch.
Borg finished with 17 points and added six rebounds and two assists while Marcus Eriksson helped with 16 points and five boards; for Ukraine, Vladyslav Koreniuk collected a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds in defeat.