Monday, August 13th, 2012 at 9:25 am  |  7 responses

Russia Defeats Argentina 81-77, Wins Bronze Medal

The Russian national team won its first Olympic medal in men’s basketball with an 81-77 win over Argentina on Sunday. Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Alexey Shved scored 25 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points to help Russia prevail. Via SI.com: “Manu Ginobili scored 21 and Andres Nocioni 16 for Argentina, which was looking to add another bronze to its Olympic collection after winning one in China and gold eight years ago in Athens. But this tournament ended with Argentina’s players without a medal and looking for an explanation. ‘This is one of the most painful defeats of my life,’ Ginobili said. Fridzon’s layup with 5.2 seconds left sealed it for Russia, which came away with the ball after it changed hands several times near midcourt. When the game ended, several Argentine players surrounded referees Bill Kennedy, Jose Carrion and Juan Arteaga in protest and guard Pablo Prigioni kicked an electronic clock off the scorer’s table in disgust. A water bottle was thrown on the court that appeared to come from the stands. As the final seconds ticked off, Russia’s players piled on each other near one foul line while Argentina’s swarmed Kennedy and the other officials, screaming and demanding answers.”

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  • LA Huey

    Bummer for Manu to end his Olympic career like this.

  • http://Slamonline.com 1982

    It was a good game too. Pretty much have it away the last 3 minutes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    schev had a really good tournament, he might hold down the fort until rubio comes back.

  • russian guy

    @ spit hot fiyah: you clearly haven’t seen russia play.Shved was atrocious against any quality opponent,Ponkrashov was much better.Shved can’t play the pick and roll and his shot is not elite.3 of 10 from the foul line,for the whole tournament?!He was the main reason Russia lost to Spain in the Semis.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    just saw that he was putting up really good numbers to start off the tournanment, then got benched against spain the first time around. chill out russian guy

  • Wolf

    Shved was brilliant in this game, which was probably the 3rd best team in the tournament. He made clutch shot after shot. He won this game for Russia. Argentina is a quality opponent, and he torched them. Get over yourself @russian guy.

  • russian guy

    My fault,I should have made clearer that I described his terrible showings prior to the Argentina game.It’s just frustrating,knowing that he cost us the Spain game and if it wasn’t for Kirilenko and Ponkrashov the Lithuania match and the group stage SPain game as well.I watched every Russian game,and he was horrible.