Semi-Final Pairings Decided In San Marino

04.07.2012

SMALL COUNTRIES MEN

Hosts San Marino edged Malta and Wales won against Scotland on a day of thrillers at the European Championship Small Countries Men.

Andorra also stayed unbeaten with a big triumph over Moldova.

The results have set up the Semi-Final pairings, with Andorra going up against Malta and San Marino taking on Moldova.

Those games will be played on Friday.


10. Stefano Rossini (San Marino)
Local hero - Veteran Stefano Rossini hit a jumper at the buzzer to give San Marino the victory over Malta

SAN MARINO vs. MALTA

San Marino finished Wednesday's proceedings with a 71-69 victory over the Maltese.

Thirty-eight-year-old Stefano Rossini hit a jumper with just one second remaining to give the home side its win over Malta.

Rossini finished with 20 points and shooting guard Andrea Raschi added 22 along with 12 rebounds.

San Marino clinched first place in Group B with the victory.

Malta, who also finished 2-1, have settled for second.


SCOTLAND vs. WALES

Wales prevailed in their Group B battle of Britain against Scotland.

Point guard Jordan Seeley had 22 points as the Welsh won, 76-75.

The result left both teams with 1-2 records.

The contest was tied at 66-66 when Ioan Nickson sank two free-throws for Wales.

Alan Duppa followed with a jumper and Wales ended up going in front, 76-70, with 1:53 to play.

Scotland battled back but missed three of six free-throws in the last 1:18 to come up just short of their second triumph in Group A.


ANDORRA vs. MOLDOVA

Daniel Marin exploded for 33 points as Andorra clinched their second straight win.

11. Daniel Marin (Andorra)
Daniel Marin exploded for 33 points against Moldova to make sure Andorra stay unbeaten

The 33-year-old small forward eight of his 11 shots from the floor and 15 of 17 at the line as Andorra beat Moldova, 100-84.

Andorra, who won decisively against Gibraltar on Tuesday, led from start to finish but didn't pull away from Moldova until the last quarter.

Trailing by 11 points in the second quarter, Vladimir Priscepnii scored with a drive for Moldova to cut the Andorra advantage to 46-43 with 1:30 to go in the first half.

Andorra opened up a 70-55 lead with 2:32 to go in the third quarter after a three-ball by Marin but the Moldovans continued to battle and reduced the arrears to 72-65 with 8:21 left in the contest with a jumper from Vladimir Colesnicov.

Moldova got no closer with Andorra going in front by as many as 20 points before winning by 16.

Moldova, who also beat Gibraltar, fell to 1-1 with the setback in Group A.


SEMI-FINALS AND CLASSIFICATION ROUND

There will be no games on Thursday but on Friday, play will resume with Gibraltar facing Wales in the Classification Round for 5th to 7th Place.

The Semi-Final action will then take place as Andorra go up against Malta and San Marino take on Moldova.

On Saturday, Scotland will meet Gibraltar in a Classification Round game.


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