|Nicholas Spires had a personal tournament-high 15 points against Montenegro|
Sweden pulled away late from Montenegro in Classification Games for the 13th to 20th place Day 1 action to pick up an ultimately comfortable 65-47 win, their maiden success at the U20 European Championship on Crete.
Turning Point: Sweden jumped in the driver's seat right from tip-off but only dealt the lethal blow midway through the second half. Niklas Larsson scored on a fast break the last basket in the third quarter to spark a 13-0 Swedish run. Nathan Dawit, with a jumper 7:18 from the final buzzer, capped off the run and made it 58-41 for Sweden.
Game Hero: Nicholas Spires was not without fault but made the most of his inside presence to deliver his best offensive display in the tournament so far. The Swedish center finished with a game-high 15 points and added six rebounds, three blocks and three assists.
Stats Don't Lie: As if it was not enough for Montenegro that their shooting was far from sharp (32% from the floor), Sweden forced them to commit 17 turnovers. The Swedes, who also came up with ten steals, scored 12 easy points off turnovers, while Montenegro only scored one point.
The Bottom Line: Sweden are, together with Latvia, the early leaders of Group G. Montenegro, along with Bulgaria have started off the classification round on the wrong foot.