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France Reaches Quarterfinals of Euro Basketball Championships


France has joined Greece, Lithuania and Spain in the quarterfinals of the European Basketball Championship in Sweden.

National Basketball Association star Tony Parker scored a game-high 21 points Sunday as France beat Slovenia, 88-82. France finished at the top of the Group-A standings after its third straight win. Parker of the San Antonio Spurs became the first French player to be a member of an NBA championship team. He led France in scoring for the first time after a 10 point effort against Italy the day before.

Elsewhere, shooting guard Juan-Carlos Navarro scored 22 points and last year's NBA rookie of the year Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies added 20 as Spain stayed unbeaten in Group-C with a 75-67 win over defending champion Serbia and Montenegro.

It was the second loss in the round-robin portion for Serbia and Montenegro, which won the world championship last year in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lithuania beat Germany 93-71, to win Group-B with a 3-0 record. Saulius Stombergas scored a game high 28 points in the loss for Lithuania. Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks led Germany with 19 points. Greece rallied from a 22-9 deficit in the first quarter to defeat Ukraine 79-73, for its third straight win and first place in Group-D.

The remaining four quarterfinal berths will be decided Monday after four elimination games.

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