Malta Import Star Player Brittaney Thomas (Phoenix) Featured in Hooplife Magazine. Brittaney Thomas journey to play in Europe has been anything but easy for the star guard. Thomas shared her story in January to a new internet based magazine Hooplife. Hooplife not only featured the Brittaney Thomas but she was also made the cover of their first Internet based magazine issue. Brittaney's story is a must read for everyone as it shows the journey for many star players athlete is not the way many imagine. Brittaney is a player that went from WNBA Draft Prospect and Dreams of being a Lottery Pick to wondering if she would ever get the chance to play the game she loved so much as professional player either in the United States (WNBA) or Overseas. Brittaney is currently leading Malta in scoring with 31.5ppg so far on the season and help lead her team Phoenix to their first victory in franchise history. Brittaney is currently avg 31.5ppg (1), 6.3rpg,1.3apg,1.4spg on the season for Phoenix. Speaking with Coach Duncan Cilia of Phoenix earlier today he speaks highly of the young guard that is still fighting to reach her ultimate dream of playing in the WNBA "I think she is born basketball player, she has a 2 point shooting very accurate very high percentage." This is a story u must read,many players would have found a way to give up on their dream but Brittaney is the opposite of any player that you have ever seen as far as her determination to get what she wants. Link to her story http://www.hooplifemag.info/#!brittaney-thomas-/cjg9
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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