Qualification Games: Bulgaria 105 Latvia 96 (OT)

16.07.2004

Yet another overtime in this Championship. Bulgaria needed the extra 5 minutes to send Latvia to the 11-12 games, and face Lithuania in attempt to capture the 9th.

Slaveykov nailed 17 out of his 28 points for Bulgaria in the first half, but Latvia, after trailing by 10 at the end of the 1st quarter, 30-20, dominated the boards, and Oskars Stupovic hit from outside the give Latvia a 3 point lead, 46-49, at half time.

Neither of the teams made a big run in the 2nd half, and once again we had a thrilling finish. With 1:15 left Latvia took an 84-86 lead, but Bulgaria tied the game. Reinis Strupovics nailed a big 3 pointer for Latvia with 35 second on the clock, but 16 ticks after that Stanislav Slaveykov tied the game with a 3 point play, and sent the game to overtime tied at 89-89.

In overtime Bulgaria was dominating from the first moment, and pretty soon took a 7 point lead, that was enough to assure the win and a meeting with Lithuania for the 9th spot.


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