Bulgaria defeated Georgia and kept its chances of advancing to EuroBasket

Bulgaria defeated Georgia 92:80 (14:18, 25:20, 27:19, 26:23) in their fourth match from Group “A” of the European Men’s Basketball Championship and kept their chances of qualifying for the round of 16 of the championship.

On Wednesday, September 7, the Bulgarian team will play its last match of the group stage against Belgium at 17:15 and, if successful, will move forward in the tournament. At the top of the temporary ranking are Turkey and Spain with three wins and one loss each, followed by Montenegro and Belgium with two successes from two matches each, and Bulgaria and Georgia with one win each from the four meetings so far.

Naturalized American Dee Bost, Alexander Vezenkov and Pavlin Ivanov played a great game for Bulgaria. The Nationals hit a total of 19 triples in 39 attempts. Bost played his best game of the championship and finished with 33 points, of which 9 triples, 4 rebounds and 12 assists. Vezenkov added 28 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists, and Ivanov scored 17 points, including 5 three-pointers.

The starting five of Bulgaria were Dee Bost, Chavdar Kostov, Alexander Yanev, Alexander Vezenkov and Emil Stoilov.

Only victory suits Bulgaria against the hosts of Euro 2022

Only victory suits Bulgaria against the hosts of Euro 2022

Vezenkov and company will have to neutralize Georgia

The match started hard for Bulgaria and after several misses, Georgia led 9:3 in the middle of the first half. Indiana Pacers basketball player Goga Bitadze started the game strong for the hosts, but after accurate shooting by Kostov, Vezenkov and Bost, the Nationals cut it to 11:14 with less than three minutes left in the opening period. For the first 8 minutes, the Georgians had superiority under the baskets, but only one foul was called against six for the Bulgarians, and the center Emil Stoilov already had three personal fouls.

Georgia basketball players had a lead of 18:14 after the first 10 minutes and made a run of 6 unanswered points until 22:14 before Vezenkov, Andrey Ivanov and Pavlin Ivanov put back 9 consecutive points for a 23:22 lead for Bulgaria. With his fourth triple, Dee Bost made the score 33:27 for the Bulgarians four minutes before the break. However, Andrey Ivanov also collected 3 personal fouls, and Dimitar Dimitrov had two. Vezenkov scored for 35:31, but the Georgians in turn turned the score to 36:35 less than two minutes before the break. With a three-pointer by Chavdar Kostov and a penalty kick by Bost, the Bulgarian team took a one-point lead at the break at 39:38.

The naturalized American had a strong first half with 15 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists, while Alexander Vezenkov had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. For Georgia Bitadze accumulated 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 20 minutes of play.

With three consecutive 3-pointers by Bost, the national team led 48:42 in the first two minutes of the second half. Sanadze, Shermandini and Mamukelashvili reduced the passive of the hosts, but with a basket for 2 points and a free kick Andrey Ivanov made the score 54:49 in the middle of the third part, and two more accurate shots from a distance by Pavlin Ivanov increased the score to 60:49 with remaining three minutes into the period. Georgia returned 4 points, and after an unsportsmanlike foul by Kakhaber Incharadze against Dee Bost, the tension on the field briefly rose.

The fourth part began with a 9-point lead for Bulgaria at 66:57, and with baskets by Bost and Vezenkov, the score became 76:64 seven and a half minutes before the end. The two teams exchanged another three-pointer each, and with Dee Bost’s ninth, the Bulgarian team led 84:70 with five minutes remaining. The lead of the team led by coach Rosen Barchovski was 86:75 two minutes before the end, when Sandro Mamukelashvili reduced the gap to 8 points and a 5:0 run for the home team with a triple.

With a basket by Andrey Ivanov, the national team maintained a lead of 10 points – 88:78 with a minute and 13 seconds remaining in the match, Giorgi Tsintsadze scored for Georgia, and the referees called a foul on Chavdar Kostov’s attack. Due to a problem with one of the light boards, the match was delayed for several minutes, and after the restart Bulgaria’s lead remained at 8 points 6.1 seconds before the end.

For Georgia, Goga Bitadze was the top scorer with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.


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