It is a convincing victory, the one that concludes the 2022 European Championship in San Marino. The National team beats Gibraltar 62-52 with a match of great continuity, always conducted with authority and without ever leaving room for important returns from the opponents. Top scorer for the biancazzurri Palmieri and Pietro Ugolini with 13 points.
THE CHRONICLE. The start is more favorable to Gibraltar, who goes to 7-4 with Yome before the San Marino 10-0 break (7-14). The national team produces an excellent first quarter in defense and also in attack, with seven men already in the points and an auspicious 11-22. The start of the second set is also decidedly by San Marino, with Palmieri’s third triple to seal a large external advantage at 13-29. Confidence and energy, but possession after possession Gibraltar begins the recovery. He does it above all with Garcia Tejon, who scores in many ways (11 in the second quarter alone) and even brings his own to -6 in change from the mid-game siren (28-34).
Returning from the locker rooms, Raschi and his teammates accelerate and settle around the double-digit advantage in a constant manner. San Marino commands and does it with confidence, even against the Gibraltar area. There is also a show on Tommy Felici’s dunk on Raschi’s assist, with Biordi’s triple a few moments later fixing the escape attempt at 37-51. It is a second half of great regularity and defense, the San Marino one. In the middle of the fourth period there is also a +19 that smacks of judgment (42-61) and in fact it will be like this, with the match that reaches the end without Gibraltar coming close.
San Marino wins 62-52 and finishes the European Championship in fifth place.
GIBRALTAR – SAN MARINO 52-62
GIBRALTAR: McGrail 5 (1/5, 0/1), Yome 11 (3/8, 1/4), Garcia Tejon 17 (7/13, 0/3), Culross 1 (0/4, 0/1), El Yettefti 8 (3/5), Cassaglia (0/1), Buxton 9 (3/4, 1/2), Gracia 1, Graham Noon, I. Yeats (0/2), A. Yeats (0/2 from three), Rodriguez ne. Coach: Cassaglia.
SAN MARINO: Moretti 5 (1/4, 1/7), Liberti 6 (3/3, 0/2), Raschi 7 (2/2, 1/3), P. Ugolini 13 (4/7, 1/6) , Felici 9 (4/6, 0/1), G. Ugolini 5 (2/4), Biordi 4 (0/2, 1/2), Riccardi (0/1, 0/1), Palmieri 13 (2 / 3, 3/5), Borello, Renzi, Fiorani. Coach: Maghelli.
Partial: 11-22, 28-36, 40-53, 52-62.
Rebounds: Gibraltar 37 (Garcia Tejon 10), San Marino 36 (P. Ugolini 7)
Assist: Gibraltar 8 (Yome 4), San Marino 20 (Raschi 7).