Spain routs France 96-69 at Europeans
Sunday, September 11, 2011
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- Without Tony Parker and Joakim Noah, France was no match for Pau Gasol's Spain at the European basketball championship.
Spain broke open the game with a 27-4 run in the third quarter and won 96-69 Sunday to claim first place in their second-round group. Guard Juan Carlos Navarro hit all four of his 3-point attempts and finished with 16 points, while Rudy Fernandez had 15 for Spain.
Parker and Noah were rested as the two teams had already qualified for the quarterfinals. Serbia joined them in the final eight by holding on for a 68-67 victory over Turkey after Ersan Ilyasova missed the last shot of the game.
Germany needs to beat host Lithuania by 11 points or more in the late game to reach the quarters.