Sweden Capture Spirit Of Senior Team

28 July 2013

U16 WOMEN

Swedish fans at the First Round game between Sweden and Italy
Swedish fans will be bound to show up and support their team in Bulgaria

If there was one team that showed real spirit and powers of recovery at EuroBasket Women 2013, it was Sweden and those aspiring to follow in the footsteps of the senior players are showing similar qualities.

The Swedes head to the U16 European Championship Women having had a very fruitful preparation which at one point, harvested 10 straight wins in a row, a run of form culminating with a 70-68 success against Serbia at the Monzon Tournament.

However, all of a sudden, the wheels came rolling off in the next game of the competition, as their streak came to a shuddering halt against gold medal favourites and hosts Spain, who shot them down 81-48.

In the next game and perhaps suffering a hangover from their Spanish loss, Sweden fell 20-4 behind in a match-up against Turkey.

But, instead of shrinking, they showed an incredible steely resilience which the senior players themselves would have been proud of, to come back and take a superb 60-59 win.

Impressively, head coach Johanna Ericsson is more keen to learn from their unsuccessful outing against Spain rather than their lengthy list of victories - something she feels benefitted her players.

She explained, "Of all the games we have had so far, the one against Spain was on a whole different level.

"Spain's physicality, understanding of the game, ball skills, ball speed and defensive play, meant that we needed to work hard for everything.

"There was absolutely nothing given away for free.

"I think in every way, the game may be to our advantage if we learn from it the right way.

"It has made us humble and gives clear indication of how we need to adapt our game as individuals."

Sweden will lock horns with Turkey again in Group B, either side of games against Latvia and Russia.


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