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MALTA YOUTHS WIN SILVER AND BRONZE

The first two Malta national youth teams in action this summer produced encouraging and positive results in their respective category European Championships in Gibraltar and San Marino respectively.

The Under 18 women squad, playing in Gibraltar, managed to win the silver medal only bowing down to the strong and eventual gold medal winners Scotland in the five days of competition.

In fact, the girls led by Sandro Farrugia and Moira Caruana, overcame the tough opposition put forth on the initial day by Andorra and emerged 57-51 winners.

After losing against Scotland, the Malta team bounced back with a comfortable 60-34 win over Gibraltar and then secured the silver medal with a hard fought win over Wales 51-39.

One can also mention the fact that Hannah Al-Tumi was chosen as one of the top 5 of the championships after finishing as first in blocked shots with three per game and 9 rebounds per game.

In San Marino, the Under 16 men side opened up with two good wins over Albania 58-48 and Andorra, the latter after an overtime game and Kurt Cassar scoring 50 points in this 81-74 win.

They then closed off the group phase with a defeat against the hosts and eventual gold medal winners San Marino 48-77 but still finsihed in the second place of Group A.

In the semi-finals the Malta team had to face a tough hurdle in Kosovo and a despite a spirited performance they lost 45-65.

The Maltese boys, led by Gabriele Alesse and Duncan Fenech, faced Wales in the bronze medal match and fought off a slow start to win 55-44.

Worthy to mention also that Kurt Cassar was chosen as one of the top 5 of the championships after grabbing the limelight for Malta and ended also as the tournament’s top scorer and rebounder after registering five double-doubles, including four 20-20s in the five days of competition.

 
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