Monday, July 9, 2012, 16:33


Malta 96


San Marino57





This time no Rossini could come to rescueSan Marinoas the Maltese National team produced his best display in the tournament to win the bronze medal in the FIBA Europe European Championship for small countries. This was the second consecutive bronze medal forMaltain the men’s European competition. The tournament was won byAndorraagainstMoldova74-72.


Maltastarted the game with a 7-0 run and after 7 minutes of play Maltaopened a double figure lead 17-6. Maltaincreased the advantage with some strong plays in attack by Josh Jackson to end the session 28-13 ahead. San Marinotried to recover in the start of the second period but Said and Deguara kept Malta’s lead 32-20 half way through the session. Gualtieri scored a trey for San Marinoin the 8th minute but at half time Malta was still leading comfortably 43-26. After a balanced start in the third session, there was a 10-0 run by Malta with Deguara scoring most of the points In the 5th minute of the quarter Malta had a 25 point lead 55-30 and a couple of treys by captain Steve Schembri continued to increase it.San Marino were in difficulty andMalta made another 8-4 run to close the quarter 70-41 ahead. The last session started with a 5-0 run by the hosts howeverMalta replied strongly with a 16-0 run. The game was over forSan Marino andMalta controlled the rest of the game. There was still time for a basket by Shawn Pace on his first Seniors tournament for a final score of Malta 96 San Marino 57. At the end of the tournament Samuel Deguara and Josh Jackson were selected in the tournament’s top five.


  1. PAUL SULTANA says:

    Of course a big thank you and congrats to the clubs as well Edmond.


  2. Miles says:

    Great effort from the Maltese Team!!!! Big well done!!!!! 


  3. Edmund Farrugia says:

    Congratulations to all those involved, MBA, coaches and players and why not, all clubs as well.


    Sportiv Reply:

    Imma kif bilfors xi hadd irid idahhal xi kumment extra………….ofcourse……..ghax bil-paroli, we all go that extra mile. Tal-biki.
    Prosit Pawlu…ta’ kollox…..M’hemmx ghalfejn nelabora.
    Indeed Mr Farrugia, thanks to all the Clubs always.
    However, would be more appropriate if clubs stop running after honours and start teaching youths fundamentals properly……………so that NT coaches can be really and truly thankful.
    Mhux jahlu it-training sessions jghallmu lil players kif jghamlu block u pick u cuts, li suppost il-clubs ikunu ilhom li ghalmu lil players xi 10 snin.
    Practice makes perfect……………………NO ….never did ………….and never will.
    Good practice makes perfect.
    U ejja ma nidhkux izjed bina nfusna.


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