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Spain men in Olympic hoops finals

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  August 22, 2008 10:28 AM

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BEIJING -- Spain defeated Lithuania 91-86 in the semi-finals of the Oympics to advance to the gold medal men's basketball finals at the Olympic Basketball Gymnasium. Spain center Pau Gasol of the Lakers scored a team-high 19 points while guard Rudy Fernandez of the Blazers added 18. The Spaniards will play the winner of the American-Argentina game that is taking place right now. The U.S. up 21-4 late in the first quarter.
Spain guard Ricky Rubio expects to play the Americans and calls them the favorites. The U.S. has already hammered Spain 118-92 in preliminary action.
"We will try to take advantage of the opportunity we have," Rubio said. "They are the strongest team here. We must play.-30-

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