Spain splits games in opening EuroBasket weekend

(Photo credit: Augustas Didzgalvis)


EuroBasket 2015 opened on Saturday, and Chicago Bulls big men Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic suited up for Spain.


The Spanish National Team played two games during Labor Day Weekend, losing its first game to Serbia, 80-70 on Saturday.


Gasol led Spain with 16 points off 50 percent shooting (5-10), five rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 28 minutes of playing time. Mirotic, on the other hand, only shot 30 percent from the field (3-10), but he still put up a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with an assist, block and steal.


Spain bounced back in Sunday’s matchup, though, defeating Turkey 104-77 with Gasol leading the way yet again. He scored 21 points to lead all scorers, shooting 63.6 percent from the field (7-11) and 5-for-7 at the charity stripe. The seven-footer even made both of his three-point attempts and added seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal.


Mirotic shot better against Turkey, going 3-for-5 from the field. Overall, he produced nine points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals and was a plus-20 in 18 minutes.


Gasol, Mirotic and the Spanish National Team have Monday off and will return to EuroBasket play Tuesday when they play Italy at 2 p.m. central. The game can be viewed at WatchESPN.


Ashley is owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.


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Ashley Wijangco

<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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