Scotland - Moldova 81-19 Scotland had no mercy for Moldova in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. They celebrated huge 81-19 win for 2-1 record in Group A. That is enough for the second place in this pool and Scotland advanced to the Semifinals, where they will meet host FYROM. Moldova is the last ranked team of this group with 0-3 and they will continue in classification games from 5-8 place. Their first rival will be Wales. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) had 24 points and 5 assists for the winners and Mairi Buchan (188-C/F-90) added 20 points, plus 9 boards. Siobhan Moore (185-C-87, college: Bridgeport) posted 14 pts. In defeat, Galina Cuznetov (193-C-89) had 4 points and 7 rebounds. Scotland kept Moldova scoreless for the entire Q3. Quarters: 21-8, 22-5, 17-0, 21-6.
Malta - Azerbaijan 80-70 Malta is the winner of Preliminary Group A in Ohrid. They handed 80-70 loss to Azerbaijan to end this phase with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, Malta advanced to the Semifinals, where their rival will be Austria. Azerbaijan ended as third ranked team in this group with 1-2 record and will continue in classification games from 5-8 place. Their first rival is Gibraltar. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ashleigh Vella (188-F/C-90) also had amazing game 17 pts, 14 rebs and 6 assists, while Beverly Zammit (178-SG-87) helped with 12 points. Azerbaijan got 21 points and 5 boards from Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85). Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89) followed with 17 pts and 14 rebs, and Anastasiya Biryuchkova (170-G-90) scored 13 points. Malta was 17-points up at the halftime and jumped to plus 20 with ten minutes to go. Azerbaijan drastically improved in the last quarter, but it was too late for them.
FYR Macedonia - Wales 106-48 As expected, FYROM was too strong for Wales 106-48 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ohrid. It means that the host of EuroBasket Division C won the first place in Group B with perfect 3-0 record. Their rival in the Semifinals will be Scotland. At the other side, Wales finished as No.3 in this pool and failed to reach the next stage. They will continue in Classifications games from 5-8 place. Their first rival will be Moldova. FYROM made 21-point lead already in the first quarter and jumped to plus 39 at the HT. All after that was just the formality. Elena Radenkovic (186-C/F-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners, while Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) was their second scorer with 14 pts. Ema Reskoska (192-C-90) had double-double of 12 points and 10 boards. In Wales, Emma Gough (177-G-86) was better than the others with 9 points and Rebecca Short (181-C-88) had one less. Competition continues on Saturday.
Austria - Gibraltar 80-29 Austria advanced to the Semifinals of EuroBasket Division C in Ohrid. They had no mercy for Gibraltar 80-29 in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Thanks to this win Austria ended as the second ranked team in Group B with 2-1 record and will meet Malta in the Semifinals. At the other side, Gibraltar closes the standings in this pool with 0-3. They will continue in classifications games from 5-8 place and their first rival will be Azerbaijan. Austria dominated in all basketball elements and Gibraltar simply was no able to resist. Quarters: 18-7, 19-3, 17-11, 26-8. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) led the scorers in Austria with 17 points and Julia Horti (164-G-89) delivered 10 pts. Their third scorer was Margit Forcher (177-G-76) with 9 points. In Gibraltar, Zainya Reyes (173-SG-92) scored 10 points and Kaira Sene (174-SF-82) had 6 pts, plus 5 rebs.
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]
Eurobasket.com All-European Championship for Small Countries 1st Team 2016
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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