You may have never heard of Vitaliy Fridzon until Thursday but Russia certainly loves the guy. The Russians were trailing Brazil 74-72 with six seconds left when Fridzon got the ball in the corner and drained what turned out to be the game winning three. This was by far the best shot of the tournament so far.
Russia might be the team that could take out the US in the 2012 Summer Olympics. They have a number of players that have played in the league and they are very well coached. Spain looks to be the biggest roadblock for Team USA, but Russia can not be overlooked.
This is the perfect example of a great play out of a timeout. Russia was going for the win and a perfect pass set up Vitaliy Fridzon for a corner three. That is the easiest three pointer in the game and Fridzon wasted no time knocking it down.
There have not been many upsets in the games so far but this could be considered one of them. Both teams are very close but many believed that Brazil had enough horses to take down Russia. This will help Russia in their seeding and they might not have to play Team USA until much later in the tournament. Makes the win even more special.
Outside of the amazing plays that the US players have had, this is probably the best play in the entire basketball tournament. There have been great dunks that have dropped jaws all across the world but this shot mattered a lot more than a highlight dunk. This moves Russia to a perfect 3-0 and has them in the driver’s seat in their group right now.
A game between Russia and Team USA would be one to get the popcorn for. The three point shooting of Vitaliy Fridzon and company just might be enough to pull the huge upset.