Magician Shved takes out Round of 16 Top Performer honors
Saving the best for last in the Round of 16, Alexey Shved has taken out Top Performer honors after leading Russia to a surprisingly comfortable win over Croatia.
Shved showed his full wizardry against Croatia, finishing the night with 27 points and 12 assists, as what had been billed as a close encounter turned into a one-sided affair. By the time the final buzzer sounded, Shved had produced an efficiency rating 32.
Earlier in the day, Janis Timma jammed the stats-sheet with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, good enough for an efficiency ranking of 28 as Latvia breezed into the competition's last eight. It also allowed him a spot on the Top Performers' starting five, alongside Shved.
Serbia were next up on court following Latvia, with center Ognjen Kuzmic leading the way in what was a relatively routine victory for the Olympic silver medalists. His 17-point, 10-rebound double-double amounted in an efficiency ranking of 26.
Representing the Saturday crowd on the team were Dennis Schroder and Anthony Randolph. The charismatic German point guard had 21 points and 8 assists as Germany upset France. In the mean time, Randolph produced arguably his best game in a Slovenian jumper, scoring 21 points as the 2013 FIBA EuroBasket hosts rolled on unbeaten.