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The Road To Gold For Cyprus Men's Basketball Team

NICOSIA, 5 June 2009 - The Cyprus Men's National team continued their unbeaten run in the Men's Basketball tournament of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. The Cyprus team beat Malta 69-55, Friday, and with a record of 4-0 they only need to win the game against Andorra on Saturday, in the so-called 'final' of the Basketball tournament.

Andorra beat Luxemburg on Friday with 97-95, improved their record to 3-1, and they will take the gold home if they beat Cyprus on Saturday.

Cyprus may win the gold medal even if they lose to Andorra, as long as Iceland beats Luxemburg. In such a case, we will have a triple tie on the bottom of the table, and Cyprus will prevail on first place.

An interesting fact: Cyprus and Andorra played in the final of the GSSE in Nicosia in 1989, a match the small Pyrenees country won by just two points difference. The Cypriots complained about the refereeing in that game, a match today’s Cyprus coach Christos Stylianidis participated as a player. Of course on Saturday he will seek to win the gold medal he lost in that competition.

As far as the Cyprus-Malta game, the final score practically flatters the Maltese. The home team took a stormy start and claimed a 23-0 lead, before Malta scored their first basket of the game!

In the second half, the Cypriot team played loosely and saved energy ahead of the Andorra game. A fact Malta used and after improving at offence and defense, managed to cut the margin.

Quarters: 28-7, 18-8, 14-21, 9-19.

CYPRUS (Stylianidis): Pantouris 4, Neofytou 11, Koronides 6, Trisokkas 13, Garcia 9, Giannas, Anastasiadis 3, Kounnas 3, Liatsos 3, Palalas 5, Kaskiris 7, Theocharides 5.
MALTA (Di Pietro): Naudi 12, S. Schembri 3, Bonnici 6, Said 6, D. Schembri, Shoults, Baldachinno 12, Matijevic 9, Cassar 7.

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