The national basketball team of Bulgaria will try to achieve its first victory at EuroBasket 2022. The “Lions” face the hosts in the group from Georgia, and the clash is today at 20:00 in Tbilisi. The match is a must-win for Rosen Barchowski’s alumni to keep any chances of qualifying for the next phase.
The Bulgarians occupy the last place in Group A, having recorded three losses so far. Our team lost to Spain, Turkey and two days ago to Montenegro with 81:91. The Lions played a strong game, leading at halftime and leading 75:73, but eventually fell to their rival.
Georgia occupies 4th place in the provisional ranking with a balance of 1-2. The “Crusaders” sensationally defeated Turkey in a match that caused a lot of scandals. Even without Tornike Shengelia and Goga Bitadze, the Georgians showed heart and character as they were led by a double-double from Milwaukee Bucks wing Sandro Mamukelashvili. After the meeting, it became clear that Duda Sanadze, Shengelia, Bitadze and two policemen chased and were the star of the Turks, Furkan Korkmaz. The Turkish camp insists on severe punishments, while Sanadze claims that there was no physical contact.
The hosts will be able to count on Bitadze today, who resumed training yesterday and is expected to play against the “lions”.
Guard Stanimir Marinov, who was injured in the first half against Montenegro, is almost certainly out for Bulgaria. Yesterday, the Balkan Botevgrad basketball player went through an ultrasound.