Sweden Upset Spain

22 July 2006

Sweden dispelled any thoughts that their opening victory over Russia was a fluke at the Umcor U18 European Championship Women with a thrilling win over hosts Spain on day two.

Spain came through in their first contest against Turkey by just one point, but this time found themselves on the wrong end of a one point defeat.

Frida Eldebrink was the hero as her baseline drive and lay-up with 24 seconds to go proved to be the game winner.

Sweden's gameplan was to force Spain to play a slow-paced game and to shoot from the outside, tactics which resulted in a low-scoring contest.

Neither side were able to build any kind of solid advantage and the lead changed hands seven times in the final quarter.

Spain have been awful from the free throw line in the first two games (42%), but Aauri Bokesa managed to split a pair to give her side a one-point lead with 37 seconds to play, 47-48.

But Sweden did not panic, finding Eldebrink in the corner for the winning basket.

Spain had one last chance to steal the win and Tamara Abdale got a great look at the hoop as she beat her defender and pulled up for a short jump shot. However, her attempt barely grazed the rim and Sweden rebounded the ball and held on for the win.

Twin sisters Frida and Elin Eldebrink combined for 26 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Sweden.

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