Eurobasket holders Spain made a statement by virtually sealing the top spot in Group A with a demolition of the hosts Lithuania.


Juan Carlos Navarro led Spain with 22 points in a lethal display of shooting.

“He was outstanding tonight,” Rudy Fernandez commented. “The whole team were. We had a game plan and as a team we pulled together.”

Robertas Javtokas gave Lithuania a 7-6 lead early doors with a three.

Lithuania’s boisterous fans sat in shock horror as Spain killed the game with a mesmerising 16-0 run to lead 22-7.

Juan Carlos Navarro scored Spain’s last eight points as Spain already had an unassailable 31-12 lead after the first.

It only got worse for the hosts as shots weren’t dropping basic plays were not being executed. Spain’s defence was as intense as the 7,000 fans inside the Cido Arena.

Rudy Fernandez drained an open triple following a majestic sequence of passing and off-ball movement to give Spain a 54-27 lead and Lithuania’s night was already summed up when Pau hit from down-town to give the holders a 62-36 advantage at the interval.

Despite flashes of the Lithuania team ball we are used to. The gap was too big. A bucket from Rimantas Kaukenas trimmed the deficit slightly but Spain were streets ahead.

Eight points in a row from Serge Ibaka further stamped Spain’s safe passage into Vilnius.