Bulgaria resisted Turkey as much as possible, but still suffered a second EuroBasket loss. The Nationals were decisively outplayed by the world champions from Spain in their first game, and in their second meeting at the continental championship, they played evenly for almost the whole match with the star selection of our southern neighbors, who eventually broke the resistance of ours after a strong last half and so the Bulgarians conceded 87:101.
A whirlwind first quarter provided the fans with an unexpectedly high score. The two teams scored a total of 60 points, and after 10 minutes of play in Tbilisi, the Bulgarians were two points away from their opponent – 29:31, and after the poor performance of the trio against Spain, today they scored 5 out of 10 attempts in the first quarter alone.
In the second quarter, the tempo dropped slightly, but nevertheless, after one half of basketball, both teams had scored over 100 points, and Bulgaria was leading with 52:50. Dee Bost, who was not at his best in the previous match, was in his element and found his team-mates with wonderful assists, while Alexander Vezenkov and Chavdar Kostov had a lot of credit for the strong performance of the home nationals.
In the third quarter, the roles were reversed and Turkey took the part by four points, thus leading the score before the final 10 minutes, in which the Bulgarians entered the role of trailing – 71:75. In addition, the opponent took measures to protect Dee Bost, and this turned out to be key to the development of the fight.
The last quarter was once again at the expense of the Turks, who turned up the pace even more and finally broke the resistance of the Bulgarian team, who played a second consecutive high-scoring match, but once again faced a class opponent who managed to realize more than ours. The final siren sounded at 87:101.
Alexander Vezenkov scored 28 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and gave 4 assists. Dee Bost had 12 points in the first half and added 13 assists to show what he’s capable of after a shaky first game. Captain Chavdar Kostov scored 15.
Jeddi Osman of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers led the Turks with 25 points, and Houston’s Alperen Shengyun scored 20.
Tomorrow, the national team faces Montenegro at 2:30 p.m.