A historic result was achieved in local basketball when the men national team won the gold medal for the first time ever in the FIBA European Championships for Small Countries, a competition that has been going on since 1988 and was now in its 16th edition.

This year the championships, which are played every two years, were held in San Marino.

Malta’s men national team had its first ever podium finish in 2010 when in the games played in Malta they had won bronze. Two years later they again achieved the third place in San Marino and then, in 2014, they had their best ever placing before this year when they won silver in Gibraltar.

In San Marino, Malta was drawn up in Group B and faced Andorra on the opening day and got off to a very strong start with a 96-64 win.