23 Sep 2013

France to meet Lithuania in Euro basketball final

10:59 am on 23 September 2013

France earned a shot at their first major basketball title when 31-year-old playmaker Tony Parker inspired an epic 75-72 overtime win over holders Spain in their European Championship semi-final in Slovenia.

The French, beaten by Spain in the 2011 final, will meet Lithuania in the final after the Baltic nation defeated Croatia 77-62.

Parker, who has won three NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs, capped a memorable performance with 32 points as his team rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to draw level at 65-65 at the end of regular time.

It was heartbreak for Spain as they threw away the chance to win their third European title in a row.