Malta national basketball team

The Maltese national basketball team is the national team of Malta. The Maltese national basketball team is member of FIBA Europe since 1967. The national team has always represented in the European Promotion Cup. It also takes part well in Games of the Small States of Europe.

Malta
FIBA ranking81 3 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1967
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
CoachAndrea Paccarie
Championship for Small Countries
Appearances16
Medals (1) 2018
(1) 2014
(2) 2010, 2012
Games of the Small States of Europe
Appearances10
Medals (1) 1997
(2) 1985, 1987
First international
Malta 81–88 Cyprus 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 23 May 1985)
Biggest win
Malta 102–57 Gibraltar 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 30 June 2018)
Biggest defeat
Malta 43–138 Hungary 
(Valletta, Malta; 2 July 2001)

History

Malta made their official debut in the 1985 Games of the Small States of Europe, where they achieved the bronze medal.[2] The team repeated success in the next edition and did not win other medal until the Games of 1997, when they surprisingly won the silver medal after defeating Luxembourg in the semifinals and losing to Cyprus in the final.

In 2001 and 2003, Malta joined the qualifying stages of the EuroBasket for the editions of 2003 and 2005 respectively, but in both editions the team finished with six losses in six games.

Malta also participated in all the editions of the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries, but did not win any medal until 2010, when they beat Moldova for the bronze medal. In 2012, they won a new bronze medal and in 2014, lost to Andorra in the final by 66–63.

On 1 July 2018, Malta won their first official title after beating Norway by 75–59 in the final of the 2018 FIBA European Championship for Small Countries.[3] Samuel Deguara claimed the MVP title. After this success, Malta decided to join again the competition of the Games of the Small States of Europe in 2019.

Competitive record

At Eurobasket

EuroBasket Qualification
Year Pos. Pld W L Pld W L
2003Did not qualify 606
2005Division B 606

At the Championship for Small Countries

Championship for Small Countries
Year Pos. Pld W L
19886th523
19907th523
19926th514
19946th514
19967th514
19985th404
20005th523
20027th514
20049th404
20068th514
20087th514
2010532
2012532
2014431
20166th523
2018422
Total762551

At the Games of the Small States

Games of the Small States of Europe
Year Pos. Pld W L
1985312
1987321
19895th312
19915th431
19936th514
19955th312
1997431
20016th422
20037th303
2005Did not enter
2007
20095th514
2013Did not enter
2015
2017
20194th413
Total411625

Notable players

References

  1. "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. "National teams eyeing medals' positions". Times of Malta. 13 May 2003. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. "Malta claim maiden title". FIBA. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
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