VIDEO: France crowned EuroBasket champions

France ended their long wait for European glory by beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday to win the 2013 EuroBasket title - their first continental crown. Star player Tony Parker dedicated the victory to "all of France".

VIDEO: France crowned EuroBasket champions
French players Tony Parker (R) and Florent Pietrus celebrate with their medals after winning the EuroBasket championships. Photo: Jure Makovec/AFP

Portland Trailblazers star Nicolas Batum collected 17 points and six rebounds while Boris Diaw had 15 points and his San Antonio Spurs teammate Tony Parker added 12 points for France, who lost to Spain in the 2011 final.

"It's great for French basketball, for the former players, my family, friends. This is for all of France, for all sport," gushed Parker.

"It's incredible to be the first French team to win the title."

It was a huge relief for France who had failed to take the title after 13 previous top-four finishes didn't produce a crown.

Lithuania were hoping to finally claim a fourth European crown after titles in 1937, 1939 and 2003.

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But the Baltic side will have to be happy with a second silver after 1995.

Linas Kleiza tallied 20 points while Mantas Kalnietis scored 19 for Lithuania.

Batum scored 10 points in the second quarter and led the decisive 21-3 French run to close the first half — effectively taking control of the game with a 50-34 lead at half-time.

Lithuania were able to cut the deficit to 14 points early in the third quarter and late in the fourth, but France would not allow them any closer.

The French dethroned two-time reigning champions Spain in the semi-finals, but the Spanish bounced back to take the bronze medal by knocking off Croatia 92-66.

Sergio Llull scored 21 points while Marc Gasol collected 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists and Victor Claver totalled 16 points.

"We were very disappointed about losing the semi-final against France. Our goal was to take a medal from this tournament. This was our chance. We showed that we are a winning team," said Claver.

The Spanish have won a medal at seven of the last eight European championships, taking gold in 2009 and 2011; silver in 1999, 2003 and 2007; and bronze in 2001.

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Basketball star Tony Parker to buy French ski resort

French basketball star Tony Parker, ex-husband of Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, is to buy a ski resort in the French Alps and plans to turn it into a year-round holiday destination.

Basketball star Tony Parker to buy French ski resort
NBA star Tony Parker is branching out into ski resorts. Photo: AFP

It’s the second time in a week that he has made the news in France.

It was announced last Thursday that Parker, a four-time NBA champion, and fellow Frenchman Nicolas Batum will next January lead their team the Hornets against the Bucks in the first regular season NBA game ever to be held in Paris.

Parker, 36, will take control of 78 percent of the SEVLC firm that controls the ski lifts at the small resort of Villard-de-Lans et de Corrençons-en-Vercors some time this month, a spokesman for his company told AFP.

A deal was voted through unanimously last week by the town council to sell control of SEVLC to Infinity Nine Mountain, a company owned by Parker.

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Parker has ambitious plans for the until now low-key resort, with a massive building project on the cards to try and turn it into a place where visitors will come all year round and not just for the short ski season.

His Hornets teammate Nicolas Batum is also taking part in the project to overhaul the resort.

Parker was already famous in his native France for his sporting success but also became a regular feature in celebrity magazines after he started dating Eva Longoria in 2005

They married in Paris in 2007 but the marriage quickly became troubled amid reports of infidelities and they eventually divorced in 2011.

Parker is now married to French journalist Axelle Francine and they have two sons.