Swedish Basketball is on the rise. That's the feeling among the supporters, players and coaching staff at the Umcor U18 Europen Championship Women as the team celebrated an 82-69 victory over Bulgaria.
The win not only qualifies Sweden for Saturday's final, but guarantees a berth at next year's FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.
Lithuania kept their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive at the Umcor European Championship U18 Women in Tenerife on Wednesday with an 83-60 win against Bulgaria.
After an anaemic shooting display against Sweden on Tuesday (20% from the field), the Lithuanians rediscovered their touch against Bulgaria, netting 50% from two-point range and 81% from the free throw line.
Reigning U18 women champions Serbia & Montenegro took another step towards retaining that title with a strong performance against Bulgaria on the opening day of the quarter-final round.
The difference in class between the two sides was highlighted by their preliminary round performances.
Maria Tzankova buried a last-gasp three-pointer at the Umcor U18 European Championship Women in Tenerife on Friday to send Bulgaria into the quarter-final round.
It was a cruel defeat for Poland, who will go to the classification round and can finish no higher than eighth in the tournament.