Spain Beats Poland, Advances to EuroBasket Final 8

Needing a win to advance to the Final 8 in EuroBasket 2009, Spain easily handled host Poland with a 90-68 victory that sends Pau Gasol and his squad into the quarterfinals against undefeated France (5-0).

As reported on EuroBasket.org, L.A.’s power forward had another outstanding all-around game in scoring 20 points, grabbing five rebounds, tossing three assists and swatting three shots. Gasol and teammate Juan Carlos Navarro, formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies, combined for 19 of Spain’s 23 first quarter points, including the first seven from Gasol.

EuroBasket.org recorded Gasol’s postgame comments:

“We had a good performance today,” Gasol said afterwards. “We are growing as a team and we are very much alive in the tournament. It will be a tough game against France but we have to go through them to get anything done here. We very much look forward to it.”

The game against France will take place on Thursday evening.