Spain beat Lithuania to win European title

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 20, 2015 2:54 PM

LILLE, France (Reuters) - Spain won their third European championship after a blistering performance by the talismanic Pau Gasol inspired them to an 80-63 win over Lithuania in Sunday's final.

The Chicago Bulls center, who carried the Spaniards throughout the competition, poured 25 points and racked up 12 rebounds as the 2009 and 2011 winners enjoyed a fifth successive podium finish.

Having clinched automatic berths in next year's Olympic Games by reaching the final, both sides produced entertaining basketball in Lille's soccer stadium, adapted for the knockout rounds of the 24-nation tournament.

Dynamic playmaker Sergio Llull added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists for Spain, while guards Mantas Kalnietis and Renaldas Seibutis led Lithuania with 13 points each.

Earlier on Sunday, hosts France won the bronze medal after beating Serbia 81-68 in the third-place playoff.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic in Belgrade; Editing by Mitch Phillips)