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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Cyprus Going Straight For Gold

NICOSIA, 4 June 2009 - The Cypriot national basketball team is on the road to the gold medal at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. Christos Stylianides' squad bean San Marino 83-56 and is the only unbeatable team in the tournament, after Andorra’s defeat to Iceland on Thursday.

Iceland, Luxemburg and Andorra will battle with the remaining two medals, silver and bronze.

The Cypriot team scored more than 80 points and at the same time kept the deficit low, under 60 points.  But at the beginning of the game, San Marino gave a hard time to Cyprus and half way through the second period where close to the hosts.

The Cypriot coach rested Aris Koronides and Jo Jo Garcia, but that wasn’t enough to give the edge to San Marino.

After building a +20 lead in the third period, Cyprus continued to secure the valuable win.

Periods: 18-24, 34-43, 43-64, 56-83.

Cyprus (Stylianidis): Pantouris 10, Kounas 8, Palalas 6, Kaskiris 13, Theocharidis 8, Giannas 1, Neofytou 5, Anastasiadis 8, Liatsos 3, Trisokkas 14, Garcia 7.
San Marino (Del Bianco): Tentoni 2, Zanotti , Rossini 17, Raschi 16, Dall’Olmo 8, Righi 2, Casadei 6, Venturini, Berardi 2, Ercolani 3.

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