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Navarro grabs MVP, headlines EuroBasket 2011 All-Tourney Team

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Juan Carlos Navarro, better known by his Spanish teammates as ‘La Bomba’, grabbed the coveted EuroBasket 2011 MVP award along with a nice Gold medal for his troubles Sunday after Spain ousted Tony Parker and France 98-85 in the championship game.

Navarro and the aforementioned Frenchmen, Parker, were both named to the EuroBasket 2011 All-Tournament team that also included Spain’s big man and Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward Pau Gasol, relatively unheralded American-born shooting guard Bo McCalebb of F.Y.R. of Macedonia and Russia’s leader and Utah Jazz all-everything small forward Andrei Kirilenko.

Navarro averaged 18.7 points per game in the popular Olympic-qualifying International Tournament closing out the event with two huge back-to-back scoring performances of 35 and 27 points against F.Y.R. of Macedonia and France, respectively.

Frenchmen Parker, who is also the starting point guard for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, torched the competition throughout dribble-driving his way to 22.1 points per game while dishing out 4.4 assists.

The surprise performance of the event would have to go to F.Y.R. of Macedonia’s McCalebb.

Not only did McCalebb take Macedonia further than they have ever gone in an International tourney of this level, but he did so against some of the World’s most notable competitors.

Finishing up boasting a 21.4-point, 3.7-assist average, McCalebb may have put in his most impressive work against the top-notch squads in EuroBasket.

Against Spain he scored 25 points on an highly-efficient 11-of-16 shooting from the floor – a contest that actually saw the Spanish National  Team struggle for a significant portion of the first half against Macedonia.

In his final game against Russia, the 6-foot combo-guard poured in 22 of his team’s 68 total points while picking up four steals with just a single turnover.

Unfortunately, Macedonia would lose both contests.

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