Spain beats France 98-85 to win Euro basket title

September 18, 2011 - 4:05 PM
Lithuania Basketball EuroBasket

Bo McCalebb, center, of Macedonia is challenged by Andrei Kirilenko, left, from Russia during the EuroBasket 2011, European Basketball Championships bronze match in Kaunas, Lithuania, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

KAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) — Spain won its second straight European basketball title Sunday, beating France 98-85 behind Juan Carlos Navarro's 27 points.

Pau Gasol added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Spain, which became the first repeat champion since Yugoslavia in 1997. Serge Ibaka had five blocks in the second quarter as Spain built a 10-point lead to pull away.

Tony Parker led France with 26 points. The French came within six in the third period but a 7-0 run keyed by a 3-pointer from Navarro restored Spain's double-digit lead.

Russia won the bronze medal with a 72-68 victory over Macedonia.

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KAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) — Aleksey Shved scored the last four points of the game to give Russia the bronze medal at the European basketball championship with a 72-68 victory over Macedonia on Sunday.

The shooting guard sank a short jumper with 27 seconds left and made two free throws after Macedonia's Damjan Stojanovski missed a short jumper with seven seconds left. Andrei Kirilenko grabbed the rebound and Shved was fouled to make the free throws.

Kirilenko had 18 points for Russia, while American-born guard Bo McCalebb led Macedonia with 22.