The Maldives National Basketball Team has lost to Reunion Island team in their first basketball game of the ongoing Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) 2019.
Reunion team won the match 106 – 42.
Maldives team showed a weak game during the first quarter of the match, with Reunion having taken the lead. The first quarter ended 23 – 4 and when the second quarter began, the Maldives came out stronger than the first quarter, having shown a better performance.
While the second quarter ended 46 – 21 with Maldives team behind, it was only able to score six points during the third quarter.
However, in the last quarter Maldives showed a better performance by scoring 15 points during the last quarter.
Maldives team coach had stated that the team did well for a first match, compared to the difference in the players height from their rivals.
Maldives team’s second basketball match will be against Seychelles, on Sunday.
Football: Maldives' chances at finals narrows with second lost
Also on Saturday, Maldives lost their second football match of the IOIG to Comoros.
While this narrows the team’s chances to head to the finals, Maldives lost the match three to nil.
This is the biggest win for the Comoros team in an international football game.
Comoros showed a better performance during the beginning of the match held at the George V Stadium in Mauritius, having come out with strong attacks against the Maldives team.
Halfway into the match, Maldives team had taken control. They got opportunities to score, however, they failed to score.
Comoros team took the lead 29 minutes into the game, having scored its first goal. With this, the team had come out with stronger attacks and taken the lead within the 37th minute.
While Maldives lost control of the game by the end of the first half, Comoros had scored its third goal.
Although Maldives team got several chances to score in the second half, it lagged behind with the Comoros team having strengthened its attacks.
During its first match against Reunion Island team, Maldives lost four to nil. Maldives will come out against Mayotte in the final match of the group stage, on Monday.
Maldives will only be confirmed a spot in the semi finals if it wins the final group stage match and if Reunion Island wins its upcoming match against Comoros.