FIBA EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP MEN – (semi-final) – Andorra 75 Malta 65‏

Sunday, July 8, 2012, 2:49

Andorra 75

Malta65

(12-23)(21-18)(19-15)(23-9)

Andorrahad to wait till the fifth minute of the last quarter to take the lead in the first semi-final of the FIBA Europe European championships of the small countries againstMalta. Although the final score might give the impression that the winners had an easy game this was not the case sinceMaltaplayed strong defence and fought for every ball.

Maltaopened strong once again and in the 6th minute they were 13-4 ahead. Andorra replied with 2 baskets but Malta recovered to start the last minute of the quarter 19-8 ahead. Addison Bonnici’s hoop 12 seconds to go closed the session on a 23-12 score for Malta. Andorra started the 2nd quarter with a 5-0 run but Omar Said and Josh Jackson replied for Malta. Bonnici’s trey increased Malta’s lead 30-21. By the 6th minute Andorra reduced the gap to 3 points 29-32 after Galera’s 14th point of the game. At half time Malta was still ahead 41-33. The start of the third session was a balanced affair with Malta keeping the advantage 48-41 and increased it thanks to a Jackson’s trey. In the 6th minute,Malta opened a 13 point lead 56-43 withAndorra calling a time-out. This worked positively asAndorra closed the quarter with a 9-0 run but at the end of the quarterMalta was still 56-52 ahead.Andorra kept their positive moment in the start of the last session to reduce the gap to 2 points only 57-59 after two minutes.Malta was now finding it hard to reply andAndorra took the lead for the first time half way through the quarter 60-59 after a trey by Olcina.Malta couldn’t recover this and despite a dunk by Samuel Deguara,Andorra won the game 75-65.Malta now will now face the loosing team of the second semi-final betweenSan Marino andMoldova to defend the bronze medal won 2 years ago. Josh Jackson had 25 points and Samuel Deguara had 22 points and 17 rebounds.

 

 





2 Comments

  1. Michael Caruana says:

    Disgrace…are you joking – The boys in red played their hearts out and almost pulled off an upset against a team which was definitley the favourite to win the tournament. The pity is the loss against San Marino in th group stage however the team showed that it has the right character and recovered well to win the bronze.
    A big well done to all and now let us back the ladies team who have a tough assignment in their tournament. Good Luck

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  2. Ta Qali Man says:

    Disgrace….

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