EuroBasket 2013: Sweden stuns Russia

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The Swedes had a very tough start to the EuroBasket 2013 tournament. Sweden suffered two losses, including a blowout against Finland and things were looking grim going into what was a must-win game against Russia.

The Russians had not looked particularly convincing themselves, but the team was still supposed to beat Sweden by double-digits on Saturday. Needless to say, that was not the case.

As can be expected, the two NBA players Jonas Jerebko and Jeffery Taylor led the way for an otherwise weak Swedish squad. The two players both posted impressive stat lines – Jerebko scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Taylor led all scorers with 25 points.

Surprisingly, Sweden won every single quarter and things really got out of hand in the final period, which the Swedes won 29-17, cementing the embarassing 81-62 score.

The surprising loss now puts Alexey Shved and Russia in a very tough situation, as both Turkey and Russia are now 0-3.

Sweden will go up against the 0-3 Turkey on Sunday, while Russia will try to win their first game of the tournament going up against Finland.

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