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Spain Reaches Semifinals of European Basketball Championships - 2003-09-12


Forward Pau Gasol of the National Basketball Association's Memphis Grizzlies has led Spain into the semifinals of the European basketball championships. Gasol scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Spain beat Israel, 78-64, in Stockholm. In Thursday night's other quarterfinal, Italy edged Greece, 62-59. Greece had a chance to tie the game with a three-point field goal, but Demetrio Papanikolaou's shot was way off the mark with just over one second left.

Italy will play Spain in Saturday's semifinals. France will face Lithuania after those two teams advanced with quarterfinal wins on Wednesday.

Three Olympic men's basketball berths will be granted from this European Championship. Greece gets an automatic Olympic spot as host and Serbia and Montenegro gets in as reigning world champion.

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