Mixed fortunes for Maltese basketball youths

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 9:44

by Colin Schembri

The under 16 Maltese National teams took part in the FIBA Europe under 16 European Championships in Andorra. The Maltese teams obtained mixed results and although the average age was one of the lowest in the tournament, both teams managed to avoid the last place and some of the results obtained were very encouraging for the future. The Maltese sides included some 14 and 15 year old players who can still play in these categories in the coming future.

In the men’s competition Malta played in Group B together with Cyprus who ended the tournament as winners, San Marino and Gibraltar. Malta started with a victory over Gibraltar 63-35 and lost the games against San Marino and Cyprus. Malta placed in the 6th place after beating Monaco and loosing to Wales in the second phase. Aaron Falzon was the second top scorer of the tournament with an average of 19.6 points per game and the best rebounder of the competition with an impressive average of 19.2 rebounds per game with Mantovani of Cyprus coming second with 12.4. Falzon came first in the field goals made – 7.6 per game and obtained 4 double doubles in 5 games. Aaron Falzon was voted as one of the best 5 players of the tournament.

In the women’s competition and Malta was drawn in Group A together with Monaco and Scotland ironically the finalists of the tournament with Scotland being superior to every team in the competition which they easily won. Malta played a wonderful game against Cyprus for a place in the semi-final but the girls were very un-lucky to loose in extra time after a very satisfying performance. Cyprus were looking good with a 24-17 half-time lead, but Malta dominated the third period to take the lead. Cyprus wrestled the lead back down the stretch, but Andrea Mifsud tied the game with 14 seconds left on a free throw, only to miss the chance to win it for Malta by missing the second. Cyprus then made no mistake in the extra period, going on an 11-0 run.

Malta won the final game against Gibraltar 50-22. Martina Mifsud was the winner of the Fair Play Award of the tournament. Andrea Mifsud was the tournament’s best assist player with an average of 3.8 assists per game and Julia Xerri ended first in minutes per game and second in the steals averaging 5 steals per game. Maria Bonett was the best free throw shooter of the tournament with a percentage of 75%. For the first time ever, three sisters were playing at the same time. Andrea, Gaby and Martina Mifsud played the final minutes of the game against Gibraltar to establish a new record for Maltese basketball.





4 Comments

  1. SportInMalta says:

    Following clarifications sought by Sportinmalta.com, the family members mentioned in the comment below DID NOT make the trip to Andorra and therefore such allegations are completely unfounded.

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  2. Chris Bonnici says:

    @Colin Schembri
    while I have no clue what this issue of family travelling with the team is, would you enlighten us on the truth behind Steve and Mike’s readmission into the senior national team … weren’t these persone non grate??? And then the association realised that the team was not good enough and you needed quality players. Colin give us the official version please.

    Perhaps the editor of this website would like to get some answers on some really pertinent hot issues in the MBA that unfortunately are being swept under the carpet and have never been dealt with in the media.

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  3. Colin Schembri says:

    Why don’t you shoot your birdie Mr. Joker.I am accusing you. LIAR LIAR LIAR. Chicken. Issa ghamilli libell jekk trid. Why are you trying to impress with your stupid comments and don’t be a man and show your idendity. Chicken. Anzi stupid chicken. We’re proud of our records and our foot.

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  4. Joker says:

    So this trip, which according to my birdie, both Colin and Frankie went up with their whole families, was made worthwhile because in the final minutes Malta played with 3 sisters. Now that is a record Malta shoudl be proud of.
    Hallina MBA, get serious.

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