Azerbaijan - Moldova 63-44 Azerbaijan registered first win at 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. They handed 63-44 loss to Moldova for 1-1 record in Group A. At the other side, Moldova faced with the second loss at this event. Azerbaijan made 20-6 in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 24 until the halftime. Moldova improved after the breather (7-16), but Azerbaijan stopped them in Q4 and celebrated comfortable win at the end. Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85) led the scorers in victory with 24 points, while Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) also had a monster game with 20 points and 21 rebounds. In defeat, Cristina Gontari (179-F-91) was better than the others with 11 points and 5 rebs. Ala Causan (178-SG-75) collected 9 pts and 6 boards. Today, Azerbaijan will meet Malta in do-or-die game. Moldova will take on Scotland.
Malta - Scotland 80-57 Both teams celebrated in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Malta managed to beat Scotland on Wednesday 80-57 for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. Thanks to this huge win Malta already booked a spot for the Semifinals. Scotland will have to beat last ranked Moldova today to reach the next stage. Malta got 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds from Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78). Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) scored 15 pts and Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) added 14 pts, 6 rebs and 6 as. In Scotland, Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) shined with 20 points and 6 rebs. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) scored 12 points and Gillian Baird (182-F-88) had 11 pts, plus 6 boards. Malta was up by 17 at the halftime and totally destroyed its rival after the breather. Rebecca Thoresen and her teammates made 27-9 in Q3 and all after that was just the formality.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Austria 41-39 FYROM jumped to 2-0 record in Group B of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. The host of this event grabbed 41-39 thriller win against Austria and booked a spot for the Semifinals. Austria also has a great chance to reach the Semis, but they will have to beat weak Gibraltar. That game will be played today. Edina Musa (179-G-91) led FYROM with 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 10 pts and 6 rebs. Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) netted 7 pts and grabbed 5 rebs. In defeat, Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) scored 16 points and Eva Breuer (168-G-83) stopped to 6 pts (7 rebs). Austria had 37-39 lead, but they were scoreless in the final 2:28. Radenkovic made 3 free throws for the hosts and Tanturovska added one in the finish for the final 41-39 win. Quarters: 11-14, 10-4, 13-6, 7-15. Today, FYROM will play against Wales.
Wales - Gibraltar 56-48 Both teams failed in Day One of the 2012 European Championship for Small Countries in Ohrid. Wales outplayed Gibraltar 56-48 for 1-0 record in Group B. Thanks to this victory Wales kept is Semifinals hopes alive, while at the other side Gibraltar dropped to 0-2. Laura Shanahan (170-G-89) was a key player in this victory and their only player with double digits. She scored 20 points. Emma Gough (177-G-86) and Joanne Raper (186-C-84) (11 rebs) stopped to 9 and 8 points respectively. Gibraltar got 14 points from Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) and 11 from Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88). Graciella Anthony (173-G/F-85) collected 8 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-13, 13-17, 9-7, 14-11. In the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid (Thursday) Wales will meet host FYROM. Gibraltar will take on Austria.
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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