Gasol, Spain Defeat Lithuania 84-70

Pau GasolThroughout L.A.’s 2008-09 campaign, Lakers fans grew accustomed to the elite offensive efficiency of Pau Gasol, who routinely went 9-for-11 (like in Game 3 of the Finals), 8-for-12 (like Game 6 of the Western Finals) or even 12-for-13 (like against Dallas in March).

On Monday evening in Poland, Gasol was at it again, though this time for his National Team, leading Spain to an 84-70 victory with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting alongside eight rebounds and three blocks.

For full details of Spain’s win, which puts the team in good position to advance to the Final 8 of EuroBasket 2009 (a win against Poland on Wednesday would ensure as much), you can head to Eurobasket.org:

Spain recovered from a slow start to cruise past Lithuania 84-70 in Group F of the EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round. The win saw the world champions improve to 3-2 and boosted their chances of reaching the last eight of the competition. Meanwhile, Lithuania dropped to 0-4 and are assured of missing out on the Quarter-Final stages for the first time since 2001. Afterwards, Spain head coach Sergio Scariola was very happy with his team’s performance.

Scariola praised star player Pau Gasol for his performance: “Pau was very important defensively for us. He made one big step forward in terms of intensity and aggressiveness. The team took advantage of this.”

The win came at a key time, as Spain had lost to Hedo Turkoglu’s Turkish squad 63-60 on Saturday. Their tilt against Poland is set to tip off at 6:15 in Lodz, Poland.