Pau Gasol had a double-double and Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 on Sunday to regain the European basketball championship title. Gasol led Spain with 25 points and tallied 12 rebounds and 3 block shots. While Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Lithuania.
A record crowd of 27,372 filled out Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille, France on Sunday night to championship game.
Earlier, France won the bronze over Serbia. Nando de Colo played a major role in helping France repay the faith in their fans who had been turning out in record numbers during the Final Phase, taking the lead for good midway through the second quarter so see off Serbia 81-68 and claim the third spot.
Pau Gasol led this year’s All-Star Five Presented by Tissot. Gasol was joined by teammate SergioRodriguez. The Real Madrid guard already had Olympic and FIBA Basketball World Cup medals to his name but EuroBasket gold had eluded him until now.
His club teammate Jonas Maciulis stood alongside him in the competition’s top five having provided some talismanic efforts to guide Lithuania to a second consecutive EuroBasket silver medal.
He averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and led the tournament in steals with 1.9 per-game, after scoring 34 points in the Round of 16 victory against Georgia and hitting the Group D game-winner against Estonia.
Lithuania center Jonas Valanciunas also earned his first All-Star Five Presented by Tissot selection after contributing 16 points and 8.4 rebounds per-game, despite suffering with illness earlier in the competition.
France’s Nando De Colo completed the fantastic five after playing a starring role in the hosts’ run to the bronze medal.