Bulgaria scraped their first win in their final game of the EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round on Monday by defeating Germany 67-66.
With Ukraine having already clinched top spot and sealed the only place on offer for the Final Round from Group A, the Bulgarians and Germans battled it out for pride and the hosts claimed victory by the narrowest of margins as Noel Monik Kuin poured in 16 points.
Germany won the game, but Ukraine claimed the biggest prize by clinching a place in the EuroBasket Women 2009 in Latvia.
Germany triumphed 48-45 over Ukraine in Saarlouis thanks to a last gasp Romy Bär triple but the margin of victory wasn't enough for Imre Szittya's team to overcome their 26-point defeat in Ukraine on January 7.
Only a forgetful basketball fan would write off Germany's chances of finishing top of Group B in the EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round following their gritty 68-60 over Bulgaria on Saturday.
In Division A last summer, Germany appeared to be headed for the Relegation Round but instead hit back from a 93-39 defeat in Ukraine to beat the Ukrainians in Berlin and then avenge an earlier defeat to Great Britain.
Germany survived a terrific comeback by Bulgaria on Saturday night and won their EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round clash in Hagen.
In a must-win game for both sides to maintain a realistic hope of advancing to the Final Round, Alexandra Müller had 16 points for the Germans as they prevailed 68-60.
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