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GABBA Minibasket girls, playing in the A group of the Cadiz League as Damex UDEA GABBA, recorded a magnificent hard-fought win against Gades in Cadiz on Sunday.
The home team shot off to a 12-2 lead after 7 minutes before GABBA reduced the gap to 14-7 by the end of the first of six 8-minute periods. Gades increased their advantage to 27-16 after 2 periods and, although GABBA took the third period, were still 35-27 up at half-time.
GABBA’s revival began in the fourth period which they won 22-11 to go 49-46 up, but Gades hit back to lead 61-60 at the start of the last period. Two quick baskets increased the home team’s lead to 65-60, it was then 65-65, still in the second minute, 65-67 down, 70-67 up after 4 minutes, 70-69, which stretched to 75-69 with 2 minutes left.
Gades weren’t giving up, however, and tied the score 75-75 with a minute to play. It was then that Noa Aranzana, who had scored 10 of GABBA’s 15 points in this nail-biting roller coaster final period, including two 3-pointers, clinched the final 79-75 win with two baskets. Noa had a match-high 26 points, Ava Perez got 17, Ella Savignon 13 and Erin Doherty 10.
The present is bright, and the future, if well looked after, even brighter for Gibraltar’s female basketball.

The boys had a double header in Arcos, playing against the home clubs at u16 (Cadete) and u14 (Infantil) levels in the B Group.
The u16, led by Enrique Navarro 12 and Kingsley Sylvester 11, won 41-18, and a depleted u14 lost 39-82, their top scorers being Jack Cassaglia 19 and Matthew Byrne 11.

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