2013 EuroBasket Roundup | Sept. 10, 2013

2013 EuroBasket Roundup | Sept. 10, 2013

Editor’s Note: The 2013 EuroBasket tournament is taking place Sept. 4-22 in Slovenia this year, and it includes Wolves guards Ricky Rubio (Spain) and Alexey Shved (Russia). Throughout the tournament, Timberwolves.com will follow both players’ performances for their respective teams as they try represent their countries prior to the 2013-14 NBA season.

Spain Advances, Begins Group F Play

The Spain National Team wrapped up its Group C play on Monday with that 83-59 win over Georgia, propelling the two-time defending EuroBasket champions into second round play with a 4-1 record.

Spain will begin play on Thursday against Greece at 10:45 a.m. CT on Thursday in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They’ll play Finland on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. CT, then wrap up Group F play on Monday at 10:45 a.m. CT against Italy.

After this three-game stretch, the top four teams from Groups E and F will be cross-seeded (E1 vs. F4, F1 vs. E4, etc.) in the 2013 EuroBasket quarterfinals, which begin on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Should Spain continue to advance, the semifinals are on Sept. 20 and the finals are on Sept. 22.

Ricky Rubio put together a strong showing during Group C play, particularly as the week went on. He wrapped up that five-game stretch averaging 10.8 points per game—second highest on the Spain roster behind Rudy Fernandez—while adding 3.9 assists and 2.8 boards per game. He shot 52.6 percent (20-fo-38) from the field and hit 3-of-5 3-pointers in 21.0 minutes of play per night.

His top games came in the final three wins in Group C play, when he scored 10 against the Czech Republic, 15 against Poland and 16 against Georgia. During that stretch, he shot 16-of-28 from the field and went 7-of-7 during his 16-point effort against Georgia. Perhaps just as important, Rubio had just four turnovers in five games and never had more than one in any of those contests.

Russia Bows Out With 1-4 Record

Russia, which won Bronze in the 2012 Olympics, wrapped up its 2013 EuroBasket tournament with a 1-4 record. Russia wrapped up the tournament with an 89-77 win over Turkey on Monday, giving the squad its first win.

During that game, Alexey Shved finished with eight points and nine assists while also blocking two shots and adding a steal. He shot 3-of-8 from the floor in that contest. It was Shved’s lowest scoring output of the tournament, but it might have been his best all-around effort. His nine assists were a tournament-high for him, and he doubled his blocked shots statistics while limiting his turnovers to three during the contest. He also picked up one of his three steals of the tournament in that final game.

Overall, Shved finished the tournament averaging 16.4 points per game to go along with 4.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds. He shot 46.5 percent from the field and hit 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from behind the arc. He averaged 3.4 turnovers per game and added 0.6 steals a night.

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