Malta’s golden basketball girls do it again

Saturday, July 3, 2010, 20:02

Malta’s national basketball team managed to beat home side Armenia in the final of the European Division C championships to the tune of 74-65 in front of a crowd of 1900 Armenian supporters.

Josephine Grima had 22 points to lead the winners, who overcame a 28-point game from Armenia guard Christina Kepenekian.

Malta opened up a 15-point lead – their biggest of the contest – early in the second half but Armenia, cheered on by their fans, battled and closed to 45-44 on one of Kepenekian’s six three-pointers.

Twice more in the quarter, Armenia pulled to win one – each time thanks to Arpine Amirkanyan lay-ups. But Malta kept their noses in front and went to the fourth quarter leading 56-52 following a basket from Grima.

Armenia never allowed their opponents to get comfortable, and it was another Kepenekian three-ball that cut Malta’s advantage to 62-59 with 4:18 remaining.

Rebecca Thoresen and Grima lay-ups pushed the Malta lead to 66-59 and Armenia got no closer than five points the rest of the way.

While Malta did most of their damage inside the arc, making 24 of 56 shots, Armenia put up 28 attempts from three-point range and drilled nine.

Amanda Jackson helped Armenia stay in the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Thoresen finished with 13 points and 13 boards. Ashleigh Vella also had a strong all-round game with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Malta won all four of their games at the event, following on from their 5-0 success in 2008 when they defeated Albania in the final.

Well done from all of us at for the huge honour that these girls have done to Maltese basketball and the whole of the Malta.

Armenia – Malta
Final score: 65-74 (10-19, 13-17, 29-20, 13-18)

Individual awards
Christina Kepenekian (ARM)

All Tournament Five:
Christina Kepenekian (ARM)
Amanda Jackson (ARM)
Rebecca Thoresen (MLT)
Josephine Grima (MLT)

Olga Cazac (MDA)

Fair-Play Award:
Gibraltar Team

The photos below are brought to you courtesy of FIBA (


  1. Edmund Farrugia says:

    I still do not understand what Mizzi, Camilleri and Schembri have tgo do with this success, except arse licking!!!!


  2. carol says:

    a very big well done to all the girls and coaching staff. well done to Mag Antonio Mizzi, Frank Camilleri and Colin Schembri for a splendid administration at MBA.



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