Eurobasket: France beat Lithuania 80-66 to win final

France's Nicolas Batum (left) and Tony Parker

France beat Lithuania 80-66 to win their first Eurobasket final in Slovenia on Sunday.

Nicolas Batum scored 17 points and Boris Diaw added 15, while Linas Kleiza bagged 20 for Lithuania.

France's NBA star Tony Parker had a quiet night with just 12 points.

But San Antonio guard Parker's displays during the run to the final - including 32 points against Spain in the semi-finals - earned him the tournament MVP (Most Valuable Player) award.

The win finally ended a barren spell for a French side - with six NBA players on their roster - making a record 36th appearances in the tournament.

Earlier, Spain beat Croatia 92-66 to take the bronze medal, their fourth podium finish in a row.

Shooting guard Sergio Llull scored 21 points as the 2009 and 2011 winners led from start to finish.

Memphis Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol also contributed 17 points and Victor Claver 16 points.

Great Britain had been knocked out in the first round of the tournament which dealt a blow to their hopes of avoiding having their Olympic funding cut.

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