San Marino Edge Malta In Thriller

13 July 2011
Leonardo Giardi (San Marino) vs Aaron Falzon (Malta)
Leonardo Giardi (San Marino) vs Aaron Falzon (Malta)

A three pointer of Julien Gualtieri at the buzzer lifted hosts San Marino over Malta in their opening game of the U16 European Championship Division C.

In a game of runs, San Marino opened a small advantage in the first ten minutes before having to watch Malta storm out the gate in the second quarter and taking a 33-46 half-time lead.

But the home team clawed their way back into the game and closed the gap at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Both teams traded blows before it was time for Gualtieri to do his magic and bring home the win for San Marino.

The guard finished with 35 points to top all scorers, also hauling in 15 rebounds.

Aaron Falzon led Malta with a massive double-double of 27 points and 23 rebounds in defeat.

Andorra dominated Wales 64-49 in their first game of the tournament.

Most of the damage was done in the second quarter, which Andorra won 19-7.

The lead bulged to 20 points right after half-time when a Jordi Moliné free-throw made it 42-22.

Andorra cruised the rest of the way, giving court time to all their players.

Juan Bustamante was the centerpiece of Andorra's success with 24 points and 18 rebounds, also blocking three shots.

Andorra outrebounded the Welsh, who had their best scorers in Daniel Walsh with 12 and Thomas North with 11 points, 62-45.


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