Gibraltar Chronicle Logo
Sports

Bonanza day of basketball this Thursday with two semis

Another packed Tercentenary Sports Hall welcomed Team Gibraltar to their basketball quarter final against
Jersey. Once again the atmosphere was electric. With sound blasting through the speakers and supporters
taking advantage of the boxes of paper clappers handed out the visitors, Jersey, could not ignore that they were playing the Island Games hosts.
Gibraltar, who had failed to win gold at the final hurdle in Gotland were hyped up and ready to go all out to ensure they reached the final.
From the very start of the match it was clear to see that Gibraltar were far more determined and ruthless in their objectives. Thirteen points without respond put Jersey with a significant gap before they had even scored their first points.
There was little Jersey could do. With a defensive wall that was winning all defensive rebounds and more than happy to move the ball quickly forward Gibraltar when into a 25-5 lead by the first quarter.
A jubilant crowd rose to every block, every stolen ball and every point as they run ahead with the match to be 42-17 infront by half-time.
In the third quarter the local lads could be forgiven for letting their guard down just a tad when Jersey scored seven points to their four at the start. It was a short lived joy for Jersey who found themselves still significantly behind as Gibraltar took the third quarter to 59-29. There was no letting off in the final quarter as Gibraltar continued driving forward to win by 78-35. They now head into the semi-finals of the competition.
Gibraltar will be enjoying two semi-finals in basketball this Thursday. Gibraltar women play Gotland at 10.15 in the semis to try claim a spot in the final. The men’s final will take place at 17.30 against Saaremaa. With the Tercentenary already full to capacity when Gibraltar plays it is expected that the TSH will be full of noise once again.