Scotland - Azerbaijan 73-54 Scotland had a nice start at 2013 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). They outplayed Azerbaijan 73-54 for 1-0 score in Group A in Ohrid, FYROM. Scotland was better in every single period of this game for the final 19-point victory (12-11, 19-13, 20-12, 22-18). Malta and Moldova are also placed to this group and all teams fight for the first two places. Those two teams will advance to Semifinals, while 3rd and 4th ranked countries will go to classification games. Rona Corkindale (177-F-86) was a key player in victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Siobhan Moore (185-C-87, college: Bridgeport) (6 rebs) scored 16 points and Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) (5 rebs) added five less. In Azerbaijan, Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) shined with double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds.Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85) posted 18 pts. In Day Two, Scotland will meet Malta. Azerbaijan will play against Moldova.
Moldova - Malta 23-72 Malta had no mercy for Moldova in Day One of the 2013 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). Malta celebrated impressive 23-72 against its rival improving to 1-0 score in Group A. Scotland was better than Azerbaijan yesterday, so Malta and Scotland share the first place in this pool after Round One. Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) also scored 13 points and Elena Cassar (179-PG-92) added 12 points, plus 7 rebounds. Moldova did not have anyone with double digits in scoring. Anastasiya Lavric (170-PG-90) and A Causen posted 7 and 4 pts respectively. Malta dominated at the both sides of the court and they only slowed down in the last period when (of course) everything was already clear. Quarters: 3-27, 6-20, 3-15, 11-10. Malta will meet Scotland today and the winner will mostly likely end as No.1 of this group at the end of the Preliminary Round. Moldova will meet Azerbaijan.
Gibraltar - F.Y.R. of Macedonia 36-83 FYROM had a great start of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). The host of this event handed 36-83 loss to Gibraltar for 1-0 record in Group B. Wales and Austria are also placed to this pool and two best teams will advance to Semifinals. FYROM had amazing first quarter making 9-39 lead. At that time it was already clear that Gibraltar is too weak for the home squad. Quarters: 9-39, 5-14, 14-10, 8-20. Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) collected 15 points and 9 rebounds in victory. Ana Tanturovska (174-G-90) and Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (6 rebs) posted 14 and 12 pts respectively. In defeat, Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) was much better than the others with 15 points, while Graciella Anthony (173-G/F-85) was limited to just 4 pts and 6 boards. FYROM will meet Austria today and it will most likely be decisive game for the first place in Group A. Gibraltar will play against Wales and both teams hope to grab the first win.
Austria - Wales 72-30 Australia and Wales met yesterday in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries (Division C). Austria destroyed its rival with huge 72-30 for 1-0 record in Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Gibraltar and FYROM (host). Two best teams will advance to Semifinals. Katharina Podoschek (168-G-80) led the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Margit Forcher (177-G-76) helped with 12 points and 6 rebs. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) was third scorer in victory with 11 points. At the other side, Laura Shanahan (170-G-89) delivered 10 pts and Amelia Reynolds (176-G/F-91) stopped to 6. Austria took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 26-3, 9-10, 21-8, 16-9. Today, Austria will meet FYROM, while Wales will play against Gibraltar.
Best Player: Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) of Malta Best Guard: Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) of Malta Best Forward: Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) of Moldova Best Center: Josephine Grima (193-C-84) of Malta 1st Team G/F: Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) of Malta G: Sarah Woods (174-G-88) of Ireland G: Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) of Wales F/C: Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) of Moldova C: Josephine Grima (193-C-84) of Malta 2nd Team PG: Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) of Andorra G: Natalia Burlakova (1... [read more]
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Malta overturned a 10-point halftime deficit to claim gold in Tercentenary Sports Hall. Ireland finished second, Moldova took the bronze. Malta stepped up the defence in the second half of the Final after Ireland had been leading 39-29 at the break, but managed to only&n... [read more]
Malta overturned a 10-point halftime deficit to claim gold in Tercentenary Sports Hall. Ireland finished second, Moldova took the bronze.
Malta stepped up the defence in the second half of the Final after Ireland had been leading 39-29 at the break, but managed to only score 20 more points in the final two quarters. Malta took the lead with a 22-11 third quarter and ran away with it 16-9 in the fourth period to get the 67-59 success.
Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) gave Ireland a 55-51 lead with eight minutes to go. Malta answered with an 8-0 run, but could not break the Irish until the final minute of the game. Aine McKenna (165-PG-89) hit a three-pointer to bring Ireland back within three (59-62). Malta's Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) missed her shot on the ensuing possession, but Sarah Pace (165-PG-88) was in the right place and grabbed the crucial offensive rebound. Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90, college: Idaho St.)'s second-chance points took the game out of Ireland's reach.
De Martino led all scorers with 16 points. Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) finished with 15, while Josephine Grima (193-C-84) and Vella each added 14 points for Malta, who won their first gold at the Championship since 2010.
Ireland took home silver medals for a fourth time, the first three coming from 1989 to 1993. Rockall led the team in scoring with 14 points in the final.
Moldova won the battle for third after a 66-50 triumph against Andorra. Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Natalia Burlacova (23 points, 10 rebounds) were too much to handle for Andorra's defence. Gibraltar finished in fifth, winning their final game 61-47 over sixth-placed Wales.
Ireland and Malta had no trouble in their respective Semi-Finals against Andorra and Moldova. Both teams remained perfect at the tournament ahead of their Sunday showdown. Malta held Moldova under ten points in each of the last three quarters for a 90-30 win. All 12 players got on the score sheet for Malta, but Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) was the game hero. De Martino almost outscored the whole Moldova team, as she needed less than 19 minutes of play to produce 25 points on 9-of-14 sh... [read more]
Ireland and Malta had no trouble in their respective Semi-Finals against Andorra and Moldova. Both teams remained perfect at the tournament ahead of their Sunday showdown. Malta held Moldova under ten points in each of the last three quarters for a 90-30 win. All 12 players got on the score sheet for Malta, but Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) was the game hero. De Martino almost outscored the whole Moldova team, as she needed less than 19 minutes of play to produce 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) and Ashleigh Vella (185-F-90, college: Idaho St.) were also in double figures with ten minutes each. Coach Angela Adamoli gave each player at least ten minutes on the floor, with Grima playing a team-high 22:28 minutes. Ala Gavrilita (182-F/C-83) scored ten of Moldova's 30 points on the night. Ireland also managed to give the starters some rest, as they cruised to an 86-45 success against Andorra. The middle two quarters were key, Ireland winning them by a combined score of 41-15, before taking the foot off the gas in the last ten minutes. Aoife McDermott (185-C-91) collected a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, seven of them being at the offensive end. Grainne Dwyer (180-F-84) and Sarah Woods had 11 points apiece. Claudia Brunet (168-PG-96) was the best performer for Andorra, ending with ten points. Sunday's program will see Gibraltar and Wales in the fifth place game, followed by Andorra and Moldova in the bronze medal match. The 2016 FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries will end with a battle of unbeaten teams. Malta last won the title in 2010. Ireland had three consecutive silver medals from 1989 to 1993.
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