FYR Macedonia - Scotland 80-61 FYROM was too strong for Scotland on Saturday 80-61. It was the Semifinals game of 2012 EuroBasket for Small Countries in Ohrid. The hosts advanced to the Gold medal game, where they will meet Austria. At the other side, Scotland will try to grab the Bronze at this event. Their rival will be Malta. FYROM blasted Scotland in Q2 and later had no troubles to keep the lead. Quarters: 23-22, 25-9, 13-18, 19-12. Slavica Dimovska (175-G-85) led the hosts with 18 points and 6 assists. Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 17 points, 12 rebs and 6 assists, while Ana Tanturovska (174-G-90) added 16 pts. In Scotland, Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) was better than the others with 18 points. Gillian Baird (182-F-88) had 16 points and 10 rebs. Sunday is the last day of the championship.
Malta - Austria 53-61 Austria will play in the final of 2012 European Championships for Small Countries (Division C). They outplayed Malta on Saturday 53-61. In the final, Austria will play against the hosts - FYROM. Malta will meet Scotland for the Bronze and of course it is already clear they will not be able to defend the title. In defeat, Josephine Grima (193-C-84) scored 14 points. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) collected 12 points, 7 rebs and 5 assists, while Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) added 8 points. In defeat, Nina Suritsch (189-F/C-84) shined with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Sarah Schicher (188-F-90) and Verena Bachler (175-G-88) followed with 9 points each. Malta shined in Q2 and Q3 to secure the win in this game. Quarters: 22-15, 11-21, 9-15, 11-10. Sunday is the last day of the competition in Ohrid.
Azerbaijan - Gibraltar 76-77 Gibraltar celebrated its first win at 2012 EuroBasket for Small Countries in Ohrid. They outsmarted Azerbaijan in thriller 76-77 and will fight for the fifth place at this event. Their rival will be Wales. At the other side, Azerbaijan is now in position to fight to avoid the last place in Ohrid. They will meet Moldova. Joelle Moreno (165-G/F-88) led Gibraltar to win scoring 20 points. Alexandra Mauro (165-PG-91) scored 17 points and Kaira Sene (174-SF-82) added 13 pts, plus 5 rebs. Azerbaijan got 30 points, 17 rebs and 5 assists from Dina Ulyanova (185-SF-89). Tatyana Deniskina (173-SG-85) added 17 pts and 5 assists. Quarters: 23-25, 22-13, 10-14, 21-25. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Ohrid. Austria and FYROM will fight for the Gold.
Wales - Moldova 47-39 Wales is a step closer to fifth place at 2012 EuroBasket for Small Countries in Ohrid. They handed 47-39 loss to Moldova on Saturday. In order to take position No.5, Wales will have to beat Gibraltar today. Moldova will play against Azerbaijan and will try to avoid the last place in Ohrid. Joanne Raper (186-C-84) led the winners with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Amelia Reynolds (176-G/F-91) scored 12 points and Rebecca Short (181-C-88) added 9 points, plus 10 rebs. In Moldova, Olga Tirziman (183-F-91) was better than the others with double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Ala Causan (178-SG-75) had 6 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 14-13, 7-7, 13-8, 13-11. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Ohrid.
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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