2013 EuroBasket Roundup | Sept. 19, 2013

2013 EuroBasket Roundup | Sept. 19, 2013

So much for sputtering.

The Spain National Team bounced back from a 1-2 round robin second round with authority on Wednesday, pounding Group E’s top team, Serbia, 90-60 in the 2013 EuroBasket Quarterfinals in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The victory puts Spain into the semifinals against France, a contest that will take place on Friday at 2 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on NBATV and ESPN3.com.

This is the type of performance the international basketball community has come to expect from Spain, the two-time defending EuroBasket champions. Spain had a 48-23 lead at halftime and remained in control throughout much of the contest, connecting on 13-of-25 attempts from 3-point range and owning a 42-33 advantage on the boards. Spain put the game farther out of reach late in the fourth by producing a 13-0 run with less than five minutes remaining.

Ricky Rubio finished the game with five points while adding six assists and six boards—including two on the offensive end—in 19 minutes of play. He recorded four of Spain’s eight steals in the contest.

Sergio Rodriguez paced Spain with 22 points, while Rudy Fernandez had 19 and Victor Claver had nine. Marc Gasol finished with seven points, six assists and five boards.

For Serbia, Danilo Andjusic and Rasko Katic each finished with 11 points. Serbia will face host country Slovenia today in the consolation round.

Spain now sits 6-3 during the EuroBasket tournament. The second semifinal game will be determined between the winners of the Croatia vs. Ukraine and Lithuania vs. Italy games, which take place this afternoon.

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