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Cyprus joined by Norway, Malta on the podium; Pilakouta crowned MVP

NICOSIA (Cyprus) - There was a double celebration for Cyprus at the FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries 2022 as the hosts won a historic first title, with Eleni Pilakouta crowned MVP. 

Securing their maiden silverware on Saturday night in Nicosia with a win against Malta, they signed off their campaign with a perfect four wins from as many games after inking an 86-51 success against Andorra.

There was also a slice of history for Norway, who landed a first-ever podium spot after beating Malta to silver with a 64-48 triumph on the last day of action. Stine Austgulen was on fire and dropped a sensational 39 points in the contest to help Norway cruise to victory and a 3-1 record as she also locked down a place in the All-Star Five with her offensive efforts. 

Three-time champions Malta had been looking well set for a potential fourth crown after opening up with a pair of victories, but they had to settle for bronze after losing against Cyprus on Saturday night and then falling to Norway.

It was Cyprus standout Pilakouta was voted as MVP of the competition after averaging 15.3 points per game and hitting some clutch shots in the vital win against Malta that confirmed her team's status as champions for the first time.

Pilakouta was joined in the All-Star Five by her teammate Veatriki Akathiotou who put in an impressive all-action performance throughout, while there were also spots for Stephanie De Martino of Malta and Astera Tuhina of Kosovo.