Sweden Humble Bulgaria

16 September 2006

Sweden did exactly what they needed to do in their final EuroBasket qualifying game on Saturday to have any hope of making the final round.

Needing a win over Bulgaria to take second position in Group A behind Poland, Sweden handed out a 79-50 drubbing to the visitors.

The Swedes are now forced to wait and see if their 3-3 record and goal average will be enough to take one of the available EuroBasket spots for the two best second-placed teams.

Sweden wasted no time in taking care of business against Bulgaria and jumped out to an 11-2 lead after seven minutes.

Although team captain Todor Stoykov had already called his side's qualifying campaign a failure, Bulgiria refused to simply give up.

Stoykov's men fought back in the second quarter to cut the score to just three points at halftime, 30-33.

But things began to unravel for Bulgaria after the break.

Sweden extended the advantage to 10 points and hammered home the victory with a 27-9 fourth quarter display.

Per Ringstrom put together his best performance for Sweden in qualifying with 23 points on 9/13 shooting and 9 rebounds.

Stoykov led Bulgaria with 14 points.

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