1. Eurobasket.com Honors Loyola's Brietta Thomas Player of the week for her performance the week of DEC 10- DEC 16, 2012. Brietta Thomas is a 5'11" Guard out of Louisiana Tech (NCAA 1) whom has been one of the biggest surprises so far this season and out of no where has her name in the middle of the MVP Race early.Thomas will help her chances if she can continue her play as she has the first half and find away to get Loyola in the playoffs at seasons end. In 2 games during the week of Dec 10-Dec 16, 2012 Thomas played in she avg 34ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.5apg, 4.5spg, .5bpg while her team split the 2 games. Thomas is currently avg 27.5ppg (2), 10.8rpg (4), 1.7apg, 3.5spg (2) through 6 games.
2. The 2nd best Performance of the week goes to Aleksandra Ratomska 5'11" G/F (Athleta) as her club won their only game of the week against Qormi Phoenix. Ratomska has really started to step her game up over the last two weeks as she earned player of the week last week. The Week of Dec 10-Dec 16, 2012 game Ratomska scored 32pts, 10rebs, 6ast, 7stls in the teams win. Ratomska is the engine that carries Athleta and she must continue to play at a very high level for Athleta to make a playoff push. Ratomska is putting herself in the mix for one of the best players in Malta this season. So far this season in 9 Games Ratomska is avg 20.1ppg (4), 9.6rpg (5), 1.8apg, 3.6spg (1).
3. The 3rd best Performance goes to whom many consider the best player in Malta and Leading MVP Candidate Mollie Williams 6'2" F University of Washington (NCAA 1) of Luxol. This performances are becoming a normal occurrence in Malta for Mollie she continues to dominate the competition along with her club Luxol. Mollie and Luxol played one game this weekend against Depiro and escaped with another big win on the season. Williams still continues to be the difference between why Depiro can not beat Luxol; Williams is proving in these games why she is the Leading MVP Candidate she continues to dominate the boards and be a key factor even though the teams are running a Box and 1 to slow her down. Williams had 20pts, 17rebs, 2ast, 2stls, 2blks in the win against Depiro. Williams in avg 19.8ppg (5), 15.9rpg (1), 2.0apg (9), 2.5spg (8), 2.1bpg (1) in 9 games this season.
4. The 4th best performance of the week goes to Brittaney Thomas 5'9" G Pittsburgh (NCAA 1) Qormi Phoenix. Thomas is a scoring Machine that is leading the league in scoring athletic wise the best player in Malta. Thomas plays for Qormi Phoenix and continues to help the young team to develop as they continue to look for their first win in the last 2 seasons but every game that Thomas plays in seems like they are getting closer to that win. Thomas had the season high in scoring for the league this week with 39 points in a tough loss to Loyola. Thomas probably had a player of the week honors after the first game where she had her 39pts but she was held to 24pts in her 2nd game of the week. In the 2 games during the week Thomas avg 31.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg, .5spg. Thomas is currently avg 29.3ppg (1) 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg in 6 games in the early season.
Women's basketball in Malta savoured another good dose of success on the international scene a few days ago with the bronze medal won by the Under-18 girls' team to complement the title claimed by their senior peers in the FIBA European Championships for Small Countries a few weeks back in Gibraltar. The U-18 side, coached by Sandro Farrugia and his assistant Winnie Buhagiar, were playing in the European Division C Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia. In the group stage, they opened with an... [read more]
Women's basketball in Malta savoured another good dose of success on the international scene a few days ago with the bronze medal won by the Under-18 girls' team to complement the title claimed by their senior peers in the FIBA European Championships for Small Countries a few weeks back in Gibraltar. The U-18 side, coached by Sandro Farrugia and his assistant Winnie Buhagiar, were playing in the European Division C Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia. In the group stage, they opened with an encouraging 65-32 win over Gibraltar and they followed that up with a hard-earned, but merited, 53-47 victory over Kosovo. The third match was a group-winning decider against Georgia. Farrugia's team fought bravely but at the end they had to bow out to the hosts with a tight 55-51 scoreline against. This meant that Malta had to face strong contenders Armenia in the semi-finals and the hot favourites lived up to pre-tournament expectations with a 59-43 win. Malta qualified for the bronze medal match against Andorra and although falling 22-15 behind in the second quarter, the girls rallied back with a strong third-session display and never looked back to beat their opponents 71-63. In the final, Armenia were in a class of their own as they downed Georgia 66-32. Besides placing third, another notable achievement at the end of the tournament was the selection of two Malta U-18 players - Sophie Abela (160-SF-99) and Hannah Al Tumi (185-C-98) - among the championship's All Star Five. The Malta squad was composed of Kristy Galea, Sophie Abela, Danielle Agius, Kimberley Pirotta, Noelene Vella, Laura Vella, Jasmine Abela, Nicole Hili, Nicole Vella, Hannah Al Tumi, Kirsty Caruana and Lara Caruana Montaldo. Courtesy of: timesofmalta.com
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