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Watch: Maltese Abroad: Cassar sets career-high as Fabriano retake Serie B throne

With around three weeks worth of games to catch up on, Janus Fabriano have had a marathon of games in the past week and Malta international Kurt Cassar has been in the form of his life, scoring a career-high in points and grabbing two Game MVP awards in three games. The Times of Malta Sportsdesk looks at Cassar and other Maltese professionals plying their trade overseas in another segment of ‘Maltese Abroad’.

ITALY

Kurt Cassar set his career-high in points last weekend in the second of three catchup games in the Italian Serie B. On Wednesday, he was the top point getter for Fabriano in a 72-54 win over Cividale as he scored 18, grabbing six boards and making four blocks, a feat which put him into the top three across the league in blocks. He was also named the game’s Most valuable player (MVP) by the fans.

On Sunday, he scored 19 in another win – 92-78 – against Rucker San Vendemiano, setting the new career high while getting a double-double after grabbing 11 boards. Once again, he took with him the MVP award for the game.

On Tuesday, in the third win in a row for the side – 71-67 against Tramarossa Vicenza – he scored seven points and grabbed another nine boards.

The side are back on top of the standings with a 20-16 record so far, and a playoffs spot clinched. They face Pallacanestro Senigallia on Thursday.

UK

Aaron Falzon. Photo: Leicester Riders

Aaron Falzon’s Leicester Riders have one foot into the next round of the BBL Playoffs after cruising past the Bristol Flyers 85-56 on Monday. Falzon was unused in the game however and will be looking to get some action on Wednesday as they play the second leg.

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Sasa Lecuyer (centre) listens in to a team talk with the Loughborough Riders. Photo: Loughborough Riders

Sasha Lecuyer channeled her inner pickpocket as she made three steals and grabbed two boards, despite ending her 25 minutes on court scoreless in a 92-54 loss to Ipswich on Saturday.

The Riders are currently in second place with an 11-5 record and two games to go. They face the COLA Southwark Pride on Wednesday.

JAPAN

Sam Deguara with his teammates at the Tokyo Excellence. Photo: Tokyo Excellence

Sam Deguara’s Tokyo Excellence faced a marathon of games last week with two back-to-back away games on Thursday and Friday, as well as two more on Monday and Tuesday. Despite the rush of games, the side managed to win three of the four games they played.

On Thursday, the side beat the Saitama Broncos 66-92, with Deguara scoring eight points and grabbing three boards in 15 minutes. The next day, he made up for this in a 75-95 win over the same side with a double-double in 24 minutes as he scored 31 and got 14 rebounds.

The week started slowly for Deguara as he could only manage two points in nine minutes of play in a 70-98 win over Tryhoop Okayama. He got another double-double the next day but the side fell to Okayama with a 105-93 loss. Deguara scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 23 minutes.

The Tokyo Excellence, currently in third place of the standings, face the Gifu Swoops on Saturday and Sunday.

AUSTRALIA

Jacob Formosa in action for the Joondalup Wolves on Day One.

Jacob Formosa will have to wait to play the next round of games for the Joondalup Wolves yet again after another lockdown extension until this weekend. Their next game against the Eastern Suns is set to take place on Saturday as they try to build upon their only game – a 98-57 win on Day one against the East Perth Eagles.

Nick Formosa and the Altona Gators remain on top of the Big V Division Two standings with yet another win against the Mildura Heat, stretching their winning streak up to eight games and are still unbeaten since the start of the league. In a 72-89 win over the Heat, Formosa scored seven points and grabbed three boards in 24 minutes. The side now face the Wallan Panthers on Sunday.

Formosa’s brother Alex, playing for the Altona Gators youth team in the Youth Division One, could not emulate his brother’s win as the side lost to Casey 101-73. Alex scored a three and assisted thee makes in 22 minutes. The side will look to make up for this on Sunday in their next game against the Bendigo Braves.

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