Spain's Pau Gasol
Spain's Pau Gasol celebrates a basket during their EuroBasket 2015 semi-final game against France at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, France, September 17, 2015. Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Spain and Lithuania have already qualified for the Olympic games in Brazil in 2016 but both teams are expected to go all-out in their final game of the 2015 Eurobasket with the winner bagging the title in the continental basketball championship.

Both countries have a rich history in international basketball, particularly in the European championships, with Spain winning the Eurobasket title twice (2009 and 2011) in the last two competitions while Lithuania having three titles (1937, 1939 and 2003) but none since 12 years ago.

Lithuania, which will play in every Olympics since 1991, proved their worth to be in the championship round by beating previously undefeated Serbia in the semifinal round, 87-84 while Spain also went through a tough final four battle, beating France in overtime, 80-75.

Pau Gasol, who plays for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA, continued his dominant showing in the tournament scoring 40 points on 12 of 21 field goals and added 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots against the French team, which were the defending champions in this tourney.

The Spanish star now leads all players in scoring for the entire tournament after his 40-point performance averaging 25.3 points per game. Gasol will be matched up against Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas of the Toronto Raptors who leads his team in scoring at 16.9 points per game.

Lithuania’s main concern will be stopping the Spanish centre but they also know that other players are capable of stepping up in the final.

"They have Gasol but they also have plenty of other strong players. We are in the final and we are really happy. We want to show that we did not get here by accident." Lithuania forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas said via the tournament’s official website.

Four players scored in double-figures in Lithuania’s win over Serbia with Valanciunas scoring a game-high 15 points and Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Renaldas Seibutis adding 13 points apiece.

Spain had a 3-2 win-loss record in the preliminary stages but has performed well in the knockout rounds beating Poland (80-66) in the round of 16, Greece (73-71) in the quarterfinals and France in the semis. Meanwhile, Lithuania beat Georgia (85-81), Italy (95-85) and Serbia in their knockout games to reach the final.

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