Eurospects Top 100 player Kurt Cassar has left Pallacanestro Orzinuovi in the winter transfer period to join Serie B side Janus Fabriano Basket. The Times of Malta Sportsdesk looks at Cassar and other Maltese professionals plying their trade overseas in another segment of ‘Maltese Abroad’.
Kurt Cassar has officially signed with Italian Serie B side Janus Fabriano Basket on Wednesday following the news previously being confirmed by the Times of Malta on Tuesday.
Following his move, the 21-year-old center said “Fabriano is a hot place with clear goals, I went down to Serie B to try to win more minutes on court”.
In the official statement on Wednesday, the club said: “Kurt is a dynamic center, skilled both in post and shooting, he has a physicality that allows him to excel in the paint.”
Despite last week not being the best of weeks for the Alderson Broaddus Battlers, guard Kristy Galea had her first double-digit game of the season when the team played the University of Charleston (a 63-79 loss) on Wednesday.
Galea managed ten points, a season high so far, and nearly got herself a double-double with nine rebounds. The Malta guard started and played 27 minutes – only Shay Harper and Madeline Moyer saw more minutes on court.
FULL GAME vs Charleston: https://mountaineast.tv/?B=218122
In their next game on Saturday against West Virginia State University (121-88 loss), Galea was once again a starter but was only able to get two points from the charity stripe. However, she did get three assists in 14 minutes of play.
FULL GAME vs W. Virginia State: https://mountaineast.tv/aldersonbroaddus/?B=219213
The Battlers face Frostburg State University on Wednesday (Tip-off: 5pm US/11pm Malta).
In the recent turn of events and the UK going into lockdown, most of sport has taken a hit. While Aaron Falzon and the Leicester Riders have continued with minor changes, fellow Rider Sasha Lecuyer will be restarting play at the end of the month after a brief hiatus in which the English basketball association was to make a decision about the continuation of play.
Basketball England announced last Wednesday that following consultation with the elite teams and players active in the National Basketball League Division One (Men and Women), the season will continue “under our current Government-sanctioned Return to Play Guidance and additional Covid-19 testing”.
The Loughborough Riders face the BA London Lions on January 30.
However, Julia Borg, who was set to start playing in Sheffield with the Sheffield College Basketball Academy, will have to postpone yet again since the league has been cancelled for the 2020/21 season. Basketball England said the potential for alternative competitions or events later in the year, when conditions allow, “will be explored”.
Until then, sources have told the Times of Malta Borg has returned to Malta to continue playing with Depiro in the local league for the season.