2013 EuroBasket Roundup | Sept. 5, 2013

2013 EuroBasket Roundup | Sept. 5, 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.

Sept. 5, 2013 Recap

Greece 80, Russia 70

KOPER, Slovenia — Team Russia fell to 0-2 in 2013 EuroBasket play despite a pair of strong performances from Alexey Shved after losing an 80-71 decision to Greece on Thursday in Koper.

Shved scored 17 points for the second straight game, hitting 7-of-13 shots from the field and connecting on one 3-pointer in the contest. He also added four assists, three rebounds and had five turnovers in the game. Alongside Shved, 2013 NBA Draft pick Sergey Karasev had 10 points and Sergey Monya had nine.

But Greece was too much as five players scored in double figures. Vassilis Spanoulis and Kostas Kaimakoglou each had 11 points, while Stratos Perperoglou, Kostas Papanikolaou and Loukas Mavrokefalidis each had 10. Greece put together a 12-0 run to end the first half that was too much for Russia to overcome. Combining that with the start of the third quarter and Greece put together a 24-5 stretch.

Russia will face Sweden on Saturday in their third preliminary round game. That tipoff will take place at 7:20 a.m. CT on ESPN3.com.

Slovenia 78, Spain 69

CELJE, Slovenia — In one of the first shocking upsets of the 2013 EuroBasket tournament, host Slovenia defeated two-time defending champion Spain 78-69 in the Group C preliminary round in Celje. The difference came down the stretch, when Slovenia outscored Spain 11-1 in the final three minutes thanks in part to a major performance by Goran Dragic.

Dragic scored 18 points and added seven assists, six rebounds and two steals on the night. His brother, Zoran, added 12 points, while Bostjan Nachbar had 14 points for Slovenia.

Ricky Rubio played 18 minutes on the night and finished with six points and one assist. Marc Gasol was Spain’s top performer with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jose Calderon had 14 points and shot 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

Spain will resume play on Saturday against the Czech Republic. That game will be played at 7:20 a.m. CT on ESPN3.com.

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