Sacred Heart University rising junior Tevin Falzon (Newtown, Mass.) helped the Maltese National Team to a silver medal at the 2014 FibaEurope Small Countries Championship during the first week of July.
"I thought this trip was a great experience for me," said Falzon after the tournament. "I got to experience what it was like to play the European style game - which is very fast. My coach was very strict on spacing, positioning and timing on offense and I think it may help me be more disciplined in the future."
Falzon played in all four games that Malta, 3-1, played during the tournament, averaging 10.5 minutes per game. He finished as his nation's fourth leading scorer, with 28 points, shooting 41.2 percent from the field. Falzon collected 15 rebounds, fourth on the roster and handed out seven assists, good for second on the team.
Malta opened tournament play with an 87-82 win over Scotland and followed two days later with a 93-75 victory over Wales to capture Group A. Falzon and his teammates clinched a medal with a semifinal win over San Marino, 89-68, before falling in the Gold Medal Game, 66-63 to Andorra, despite a late surge.
"The number one thing I will take away from this trip," said Falzon, "and bring back with me for this upcoming season is my aggressiveness. I believe me being aggressive and in attack mode is important if I want to have a good year next year and help our team win games."
In two seasons with the Pioneers, Falzon has appeared in 50 games and averaged 4.3 points per game. As a rookie in 2012-13 he scored 5.2 points an outing, as he averaged 16 minutes a game in his 21 appearances. This past year Falzon appeared in 29 games, averaging 3.7 points an outing and playing nearly 16 minutes a contest.