By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulgaria kicked off the World Cup pre-qualifiers by beating Portugal 71 – 82 on the road, more easily than what the final score implies.
Naturalized guard Dee Bost scored a 23 points game-high and dished out four assists while Sasha Vezenkov had a versatile input by registering a double-double of 13 points/13 rebounds and dropping five dimes to make up for his seven turnovers.
Chavdar Kostov added 16 points for Bulgaria that was leading by 17, 62 – 79 in the mid of the fourth and relaxed a bit for the remainder of the game allowing its opponents to decrease their deficit.
Jose Barbosa had 11 points and Joao Guerreiro and Jose Silva dropped 10 points apiece for Portugal.