Poland European Basketball ChampionshipsESPN: Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead world champion Spain to a 85-63 win over Serbia in the final of the European basketball championship Sunday.

The victory gave Spain its first European title after six runner-up finishes, including a one-point loss two years ago to Russia in front of its home crowd.

The Spaniards dominated from the start at both ends of the court, playing pressure man-to-man defense and getting out on the break for easy baskets to take a 15-point first quarter lead. Serbia never recovered.

Gasol, a star with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, scored down low and blocked three shots on his way to winning the tournament MVP honors.

“It was a great game, and obviously we won the final that we lost twice before this year, so I’m extremely happy and it’s an unforgettable day for us,” Gasol said. “We just worked so hard to win this championship and I’m just super proud of my teammates.”

Guard Rudy Fernandez chipped in with 13 points for Spain, while Uros Tripkovic led Serbia with 15 points.

“We lost the first half, and probably the game was finished,” Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic said. “The Spanish team was better and they deserved absolutely this title.”

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  • James

    yay

  • Bob Hernandez

    congrats pau!

  • http://kb24.com rissa missa

    Congratulations Pau and Spain! =)

  • rzebro24

    and all of that in my beloved country! I’ve been one one game (against my countryman) of him, and seeing him plaing live was like a dream come true. He gave us a hard time winning by 20 pts snaching every reboumd he wanted. Just 2 baad i didnd get a picture with him, and i even bought a single use camera for my last money for it. CONGRATULATIONS MVP! Youve earned it!

  • Kobester26172647

    Congrats but he gets what a month of rest???

  • gugy

    Congrats Pau!

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