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Armenia stifle Ireland, Andorra hold off San Marino to reach the Final - Jul 3, 2016


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Two-time defending champions Andorra will be looking for a three-peat on Sunday. Their Final opponent will be Armenia.
Led by their dynamic duo of Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86), Armenia defeated previously unbeaten Ireland 74-60. The game was tied at 53 with seven minutes left to play when Armenia stepped up their defense and kept Ireland scoreless for four minutes. Spight led the charge on the other side of the court in a 10-0 run. Armenia never looked back, booking a place in their first Final of the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries.
Spight had a game-high 24 points, connecting on 8-of-14 attempts from inside the arc. Zareh Zargaryan (198-F-89, college: CS Dominguez H.) great performance, finishing game with 17 points and eight rebounds.
However, Dunston was the game hero for Armenia, with the stat line of 13 points, 14 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 steals. Ireland's 19-year-old Jordan Blount (198-G-97) had 18 points, but it wasn't enough for a place in the Final.
Ireland will be fighting for bronze with San Marino, who suffered a heartbreaking 63-57 loss to Andorra. San Marino were trailing 60-57 heading into the final minute, but Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) missed a couple of three-point shots to potentially tie the game. Albert Farfan De Los Godos and Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) kept their calm from the line to guide Andorra to victory.
Farfan De Los Godos was the top performer for the defending champs with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. Roger Lliteras (195-G-96) hit five three-pointers and finished with 17 points. San Marino had four players in double figures led by Matteo Botteghi (203-C/F-95) and his 13-point, 15-rebound double-double, but will have to settle for the bronze medal match on Sunday.
The finalists have already played each other in this tournament. Andorra won the Group B match-up 70-63 back on Wednesday.
Classification games for fifth to eight place saw Malta defeat Wales 63-51, while Moldova defeated Gibraltar 85-43. Wales and Gibraltar will play for seventh, Malta and Moldova get to fight for fifth place on Sunday.

Courtesy of FIBA   




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European Championships for Small Countries Final Standings
 1. Armenia
 2. Andorra
 3. San Marino.
 4. Ireland
 5. Moldova
 6. Malta
 7. Wales
 8. Gibraltar
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andre SPIGHT
  ARM
  (190-G-95)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Spight, ARM21.2 
 2. Farfan, AND16.8 
 3. Fitzpatrick, IRL16.2 
 4. Colom, AND16.2 
 5. Bugeja, MLT15.6 
 6. Falzon, MLT14.8 
 7. Raschi, SMR13.0 
 8. Blount, IRL12.8 
 9. Colesnicov, MDA12.6 
 10. Botteghi, SMR11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tevin FALZON
  MLT
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Falzon, MLT15.0 
 2. Botteghi, SMR12.6 
 3. O'Reilly, IRL9.6 
 4. Dunston, ARM9.2 
 5. Raschi, SMR8.0 
 6. Blount, IRL7.6 
 7. Fitzpatrick, IRL7.2 
 8. Santos, GIB7.2 
 9. Fernandez, AND7.0 
 10. Duppa, WAL6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Oriol FERNANDEZ
  ESP
  (186-F-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Fernandez, AND5.2 
 2. Amirkhanov, ARM4.4 
 3. Waite, WAL3.8 
 4. O'Reilly, IRL3.8 
 5. Melniciuc, MDA3.4 
 6. Raschi, SMR3.0 
 7. Falzon, MLT2.8 
 8. Shoults, MLT2.8 
 9. Hosford, IRL2.8 
 10. Cojuhari, MDA2.8 
Steals Per Game
 David BUGEJA
  (180-SG-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bugeja, MLT2.8 
 2. Formosa, MLT2.6 
 3. Dick, IRL2.6 
 4. Colom, AND2.6 
 5. Fernandez, AND2.4 
 6. Williams, WAL2.4 
 7. Ostafiiciuc, MDA2.2 
 8. Shoults, MLT2.2 
 9. Turner, GIB2.0 
 10. O'Reilly, IRL1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  USA
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dunston, ARM3.0 
 2. Ostafiiciuc, MDA1.8 
 3. Gomez, GIB1.8 
 4. Santos, GIB1.6 
 5. Botteghi, SMR1.4 
 6. Falzon, MLT1.2 
 7. Nartov, MDA0.8 
 8. Melnic, MDA0.8 
 9. Formosa, MLT0.8 
 10. Fitzpatrick, IRL0.6 
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