So the big Team USA vs Spain final people were hoping for is no more as Spain has been eliminated from championship contention after France defeated the Spaniards, 65-52. Spains Pau Gasol made it 55-52 with about two minutes left to play but that basket was matched by Frances Thomas Heurtel, who scored ten seconds later to put France up 57-52. After a timeout Spain missed a layup and France took possession with about one minute thirty seconds left to play. Eventually, it came down to this shot from Thomas Heurtel.
What a dagger three from Heurtel, and Spain didn’t score again. Boris Diaw led France in scoring with 15 points while Pau Gasol led Spain with 17. Spain was a heavy favorite to meet Team USA in the final game with NBA players like Marc and Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Serge Ibaka, Jose Calderon, and Rudy Fernandez. Instead France moves on to the semi-finals to play Serbia.