Malta’s male and female Under 18 national basketball teams impressed at the FIBA Under 18 European Championships Division C, with both teams winning bronze. And while the two teams did not manage to get the top position, the prestigious Most Valuable Player award of the entire championships for both the male and female teams were both Maltese!
The Maltese centre Kurt Cassar picked up the Most Valuable award, which also saw him headline the tournament’s All-Star Five. The FIBA official site reported the Maltese basketball player’s success, calling the six foot youth “unstoppable”. Cassar averaged 28.8 points, 23.6 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game, which FIBA described as “otherworldly”.
As for the female championships, the MVP awarded was awarded to seventeen-year-old Sophie Abela, who was dubbed “Malta’s dependable power forward“.
Abela averaged 10.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 2.8 assists and 1.8 blocks per game, which definitely helped Malta make it to the podium position.
Malta’s male team nabbed three wins in a row before the semifinals, while the female one managed a 38-37 win against tough Kosovo. The championship was won by favourites Norway, who beat the hosts Cyprus 84-53.