U16 MEN DIVISION C
|Gibraltar's Timothy Fava was named MVP of the tournament |
Gibraltar registered a 53-39 win over Andorra on Sunday to conquer their first ever gold medal at the U16 European Championship Men Division C, in front of their home crowd.
The hosts won all four of their encounters in the tournament and claimed first place ahead of Scotland, who had enjoyed an 83-44 rout of San Marino earlier on the day.
Timothy Fava of champions Gibraltar was named MVP of the competition with team-mate Jake Haefner; Ewan Lancaster of runners-up Scotland; Jacob Williams of Wales; and Pierluigi Berardi of San Marino joining him in the All-Tournament team.
Haefner was the tournament's top scorer with 18.8 points-per=game, while Fava and Berardi averaged 18.5 points-per-night each; and Jakob Williams was the top rebounder, with a head-turning 16.5 boards-per-game.
Gibraltar, who gave up only 48.5 points-on-average to their opponents in the tournament, reserved their best defensive display for the Sunday encounter, which held the importance of a final.
They forced Andorra to shoot at only 19.3% from the floor and allowed them to score only nine points in the first quarter, 10 in the second and just five in the third frame.
This enabled them to control the clash with an iron grip from start to finish and they entered the final stanza holding a 37-24 lead, which proved more than sufficient in such a low-scoring affair.
Timothy Fava and Jake Haefner paced the winners with 15 points-apiece, with Haefner also collecting 12 rebounds, while Aaron Santos grabbed 14 boards to go with his nine points.
Roger Curet Valero finished with 11 points for Andorra in a losing effort.
Scotland meanwhile had little problems in picking up their third victory in the tournament against San Marino, as they took an 18-point lead at the end of an explosive first quarter and extended their advantage to 45-18 at the half-time interval, before shifting gears to cruise control in the second half.
Sam Stott collected a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and Liam Mackle added 14 points for the Scottish, who also had three further players scoring in double digits.
Berardi finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for San Marino in defeat.