2013 EuroBasket Roundup | Sept. 20, 2013

2013 EuroBasket Roundup | Sept. 20, 2013

The Spain National Team’s championship run at the 2013 EuroBasket tournament is over after falling to France 75-72 in overtime on Friday in Slovenia. Spain, the two-time defending EuroBasket champions, held a lead through much of the ballgame but let France fight all the way back from 14 points down—including seven-point deficit with 5:21 to play in regulation to force overtime.

In the extra session, both teams had trouble getting their offense going as Spain outscored France 2-0 through the first 3:21 of the five-minute period. But a 3-point miss by Victor Claver led to a pair of free-throws by Tony Parker on the other end of the floor, putting France up 71-67 with 42 seconds to go. The lead was too much to overcome for Spain, which will play one more game on Sunday for third place. Spain faces Croatia at 10:30 a.m. CT, followed by France against Lithuania for the 2013 EuroBasket title.

Tony Parker was the difference. The Spurs’ standout point guard put together an exceptional performance against Spain, finishing with 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting and adding six boards and two steals. It was his first 30-point game of the tournament and his fifth 20-point effort in the last seven games.

France sports several noteworthy names on its roster aside from Parker, including Portland’s Nicolas Batum (three points), San Antonio’s Boris Diaw (eight points) and former Wolves forward Mickael Gelabale (seven points). France shot 42 percent from 3-point range and hit 14-of-17 free-throw attempts.

For Spain, Marc Gasol led the way with 19 points and nine boards. He also had a game-high six turnovers. Rudy Fernandez had 17 points, Sergey Rodriguez had 11 and Jose Calderon had four. Ricky Rubio finished with two points, two boards and one assist in the game.

Spain enters the third place game with a 6-4 record. France now has a 6-4 record heading into the title game against Lithuania.

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