WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States of America Under 21 (U21) deaf men’s and women’s basketball teams won the gold as they swept Lithuania in the first-ever U21 World Deaf Basketball Championships on July 3 in Lublin, Poland.
The men’s team won 78-73 as current Gallaudet University student-athlete Gabriel Paulone (Fishers, Ind.) led the way with 19 points, five steals. Joshua Sisco (Spartanburg, S.C.) added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Starters Kevin Berrigan (Frederick, Md.), Brandon McMillan (Frederick, Md.), Daniel Fava (Baltimore, Md.) chipped in 10, 10 and three points, respectively. The U.S. men’s team was coached by Keith Westhoelter and assisted by Rick Harrigan, who served as an assistant coach at Gallaudet for the past two years. The team manager is Gallaudet’s own Colin Whited.
On the women’s side, Team USA won 67-44 over Lithuania in the gold medal game. Current Gallaudet University student-athlete Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) led the way with a game-high 27 points to go with 21 rebounds and five assists. Starter Shaquana McDonough (Pembroke, Mass.) played over 25 minutes as she scored two points and grabbed six rebounds. Andrea Amati (Frederick, Md.) and Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) each logged minutes in the gold medal game. The U.S. women’s team was coached by Deb Ayres.
U21 World Deaf Basketball Championships