(Photo courtesy of EuroBasket)
Lithuania’s seven first-quarter turnovers proved to be costly Sunday, as it contributed to Spain taking the 19-8 lead after the first quarter. From there on, Lithuania couldn’t recover from the hole it dug themselves in, and Spain took the 80-63 victory to win gold at EuroBasket 2015.
In fact, Lithuania never held the lead during the championship game. The score was only tied once, 2-2 early on in the first quarter.
Bulls forward/center Pau Gasol was his usual dominant self ,as he has been throughout the entirety of EuroBasket. He put up a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four assists, one steal and three blocks. Meanwhile, Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic added eight points, two rebounds and a steal in Spain’s winning effort.
Gasol was named EuroBasket 2015 MVP. In nine games, he averaged a near double-double of 25.5 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 57.5 percent from the field.
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