A historical day for Swedish basketball following an 88-66 win over Bulgaria in the opening day of the Classification Round of the OMNITEL U18 European Championship at the Lietuvos Rytas Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania on Monday afternoon.
|Lightning quick guard Jonathan Person chippen in with 14 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists|
It was the first ever win for a Swedish men national team in Division A, and their first step in surviving in the top stage for another year.
Sweden took a 1-0 record in the group before their match with Germany tomorrow, while Bulgaria dropped to 0-1 and will take on Ukraine the next day.
Marcus Eriksson led the way for Sweden with 20 points, Charles Barton added 15 with 8 assists and Jonathan Person finished with 14, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Planimir Dafinov and Hristo Gospodinov had 12 points each with the later adding 11.
It was Bulgaria who enjoyed the better start, taking a 17-9 lead after 7 minutes, but Barton and Person shaked things up, and together with Gaddefors turned the game over as Sweden took a 35-24 difference in the 16th minute.
Dafinov connected good plays, to give his team some hope at the half time break, down just 35-32 but Sweden came back with a plan.
Eriksson and Barton hit from the arc to create the first double-digit lead, before Barton added a couple more and soon the gap reached 21, 67-46 at the end of the 3rd.
Gaining confidence from their good performance, Sweden continued to extend the gap, and reached already 79-52 and created a historical moment for their country.