Spain, France lead final Euro dozen

Originally Published: September 10, 2013
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- For the presumed elite, getting through the first round of EuroBasket is rather like the first few miles of a marathon. You jog along for a while, settle into a rhythm, prepare yourself mentally for the long haul. And then pray that, at some point down the road, you don't run right into the wall.

The second phase starts on Wednesday in the Slovene capital. With 24 teams reduced to 12, and with three crossover games to come before we hit the elimination rounds, the ...

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