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Powerade League Bank of Valletta Division 1 Standings
 1. Cynergi 7-3 
 2. Athleta 7-3 
 3. Bupa 7-3 
 4. Floriana 4-5 
 5. Hibernians 2-7 
 6. Starlites 2-8 
Regular Season Standings

Gzira Athleta clinch Louis Borg Cup title (Photo: Facebook)
Season 2016-2017
All Games
List of Players
List of Imports
Points Per Game
 Marko Todorovic27.00 
 Nathan Walkup -26.50 
 Omar Said -23.33 
 Micheal Naudi -23.00 
 Chad Patus -20.00 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chad Patus -17.67 
 Marco Todorovic -16.00 
 Nathan Walkup -13.00 
 Michael Naudi -9.33 
 Anton Axiaq -8,50 
Assists Per Game
 Michael Naudi -5.67 
 David Bugeja -5.50 
 Chad Patus -5.33 
 Roderick Vella -5.33 
 Timothy Zammit -4.00 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew Aquilina -4.00 
 Roderick Vella -4.00 
 Nathan Walkup -3.50 
 David Bugeja -3.00 
 Omar Said -3.00 

Hibernians lift cup (Photo: Facebook)

Men Super Cup Final (Photo: Facebook)

Bupa Luxol wins the Maltese Division 1 2016-2017 title (Photo: Facebook)

Bupa Luxol 2016-17
Pierce Cumpstone
Jean-Paul Schembri
Cj Cordina
Marco Mercieca
Samuel Deguara
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
 Cumpstone Pierce 203 (6'8'') F 94 USA
 Ahlberg William 0 (0'0'') 91 Sweden
9  Schembri Jean-Paul 182 (6'0'') G 92 Malta
4  Cordina Cj 165 (5'5'') G 95 Malta
 Mercieca Marco 184 (6'1'') PG 83 Malta
 Deguara Samuel 223 (7'4'') C 91 Malta
14  Cappello Stefan 195 (6'5'') F/G 94 Malta
 Dimech Keith 178 (5'10'') F 0 Malta
 Sjoberg M 0 (0'0'') 0 Malta
 Maistre J 0 (0'0'') 0 Malta

Luxol win their 13th League Title - Apr 25, 2017

BOV League Division 1 Men
2017 Finals Series
Game 3

BUPA Luxol 84 Floriana MCP Car Parks 71
(25-12, 22-16, 23-18, 14-25)

Luxol: CJ Cordina 3, M. Mercieca 3, M. Sjoberg, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 17, K. Dimech 10, W. Ahlberg 3, P. Cumpstone 21, S. Deguara 27, S. Cappello
Floriana: C. Patus 13, D. Schembri 25, S. Borg 11, D. Agius, N. Vasovic 6, C. Calleja, A. Axiaq 11, A. Micallef Trigona 2, N. Andrejevic 4
Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, I. Simic

BUPA Luxol made it a clean sweep in this year's BOV League play-off stage when after a 3-0 series won in the semi-final stage against Gzira Athleta, the violets continued with three straight wins in the finals series against Floriana MCP Car Parks.

Thus Luxol retuned on the champions podium for the thirteenth time in history, eight years after their last success in 2009 when that year they had beaten Sliema (today Gzira Athleta) 2-0 in the finals.

Continuing from their big win in game 2, Luxol were quick to establish a good early lead.

The first moments of this third final were a bit clumsy and the first bucket came after two minutes through a long distance shot from Jean-Paul Schembri (182-G-92).

Floriana, who were featuring in the third final series in the last five years managing also to win the league in 2013, did have a reply at this stage and a Sean Borg (177-PG-92) hoop followed by a Nikola Vasovic (180-PG-92) trey gave them the only lead in the game, 5-3, after three minutes.

In the next six minutes Luxol struck in a solid manner as a Keith Dimech (178-F-00) 3-pointer set them off on an important 19-2 run with Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) starting to contribute offensive points with a number of free throws and Schembri hitting two consecutive treys. The same player remained on the mark as he had another two treys at the start of the second period and then, with Deguara and Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) finding more space to bang in their points, Luxol extended their lead to 44-20 after 18 minutes of play.

Led positively by William Ahlberg, who had a quiet day in shooting but finished with six assists, Luxol searched to feed the ball more to Deguara after the interval and the local giant made use of his towering height and helped his side to have a further run, this time 9-0, as the margin increased to a maximum of 62-34 midway in the third quarter.

Deguara's fourth foul and subsequent bench time spurred Floriana to put in a reaction and led by Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and another offensive first rate performance from Dirk Schembri (193-F-85), they started somewhat gnawing slowly into the margin, especially when early in the last quarter the greens had their best moment in the game with 19-2 run that led them to a 65-74 score.

Deguara, who had re-entered in the game earlier, fouled out with three minutes to go and a Patus hoop had Floriana just 8 points away, 69-77.

Yet, with the greens failing to score in their next couple of plays, Pierce Cumpstone took all the responsibility and six personal points ascertained Luxol's third series victory and the thirteenth league crown.

At the end of the match, Bank of Valletta's Chief Officer Peter Perotti and the MBA president Paul Sultana, presented the winning medals to the BUPA Luxol players and technical staff, the Most Valuable Player award for the finals series to Samuel Deguara and finally handed the 2017 BOV League trophy to Luxol's captain Marco Mercieca (184-PG-83).

What they said:

Chad Patus (Floriana): 'the finals were an intense physical battle, just like we expected.
Luxol came really together well this season, especially after Samuel joined them.
Each of their players found a role that would, in some way, benefit the team and this made them a very difficult team to match up against.
We fought hard and I really want to thank my team mates for the effort but we should also tip our hats to Luxol who won the league.'

Marco Mercieca (Luxol): 'I am obviously thrilled to bring back the league to Luxol after a number of years.
It was a tough season, especially at the beginning, but following the arrival of Samuel, thanks to the efforts of the club president Edgar Caruana Montaldo, changed the team camaraderie completely and we had a great 2017 which was capped with a 6-0 playoff run.
I am proud of the team, especially of Keith Dimech and Jean-Paul Schembri who were outstanding throughout the playoffs. On a personal note,
I am glad to win my 5th personal league honour to end my career on a high.'

John Tabone (Luxol): 'this championship was a deserved achievement at the end, yet it was somewhat unexpected at the beginning of the season.

Our fortunes took a boost during Christmas when our President Edgar Caruana Montaldo managed to re-sign Samuel Deguara with the club. This was an important twist in our favour as it changed Luxol from a mediocre side trying to make the Play offs final 4 into a potential championship team. And what a Championship team it turned out to be. One of the most complete side we ever had at LUXOL. Every department was filled up to perfection.

With the trio of Deguara, Cumpstone and Ahlberg our game became more secure and spectacular, both on offence and most of all on defence. They guided us all throughout the Semis and more importantly during the finals.

Special mention to our captain Marco Mercieca for his continuous support, to Keith Dimech, our sixteen year old darling, who was a delight to watch as he committed himself to the team like a seasoned senior and to Jean-Paul Schembri who played an important role with his longrange shots. CJ Cordina, Stefan Cappello and Jamie Maistre Melillo were also important for our final success their commitment to the team and to our under 23 side which together with Keith Dimech and Pierce Cumpstone were also crowned the under 23 league Champions.'

Gzira Athleta clinch Louis Borg Cup title - Feb 18, 2017

Gzira Athleta produced an outstanding performance in the first game to open up a size-able 21-point margin and then managed to wave off Floriana's efforts in game 2 to win the Louis Borg Cup for a record ninth time in history and also laying their hands on the fourth seasonal honour. Led by superior shooting from their captain Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80), who got a seasonal high of 36 points, and import player Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris), Gzira Athleta gradually increased their lead in the first game with Floriana committing a number of turnovers which proved detrimental in their plans. With such a heavy deficit from the first game, Floriana faced a big uphill task in the second game. The greens did have a favourable moment when, late in the second quarter, they were winning a number of offensive rebounds and opened a 33-22 lead after hoops from Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and Sean Borg (177-PG-92) but Gzira Athleta steadily trimmed down the margin to a 43-43 game ten minutes later. Gzira Athleta seemed poised for a win when a basket from Miguel Gauci Montaldo put them 56-50 ahead but Floriana managed to overturn the score in the last three minutes with a 10-2 run, including a trey from Nikola Andrejevic (165-G-95). Michael Naudi, captain of Gzira Athleta, received the winning trophy from MBA President Emeritus Louis Borg after the final.
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Hibernians lift cup - Jan 30, 2017

Hibernians - Gzira Athleta 78-70

Hibernians lifted the Bank of Valletta KO trophy for the third time (their other successes go back to 1988 and 1989) after an overtime win over pre-match favourites Gira Athleta, yesterday. Athleta had the better start and raced to a 22-12 lead which, however, was neutralised following a nine-point Hibs' streak over the next three minutes of play although Athleta maintained the upperhand till the interval - 32-26 in front. Hibs soon overturned the score as they adopted a more offensive stance in the early stages of the second half with a 16-2 run. However, Athleta soon got their long distance shots going and in the next two minutes, three treys put them back in front. A tit-for-tat ensued in the last quarter with Hibs enjoying a slight lead most of the time. Hibs lost forward Adrian Micallef (190-F-79) with fouls midway into this quarter and then there were treys from Athleta's Billy Zammit (160-PG-90) and Vella for a tied score - 60-60. Athleta lost Naudi and Whitehead in the last minutes, and Shoults earlier, with fouls as Stefan Vella (170-PG-90) could have closed the match for Hibs in regular time but missed two free-shots so extra-time was needed to determine a winner. Hibs started the five-minute overtime with two three-pointers from Simon Attard (170-PG-97) and Lizaur as they opened a 70-65 lead with Athleta missing a series of free-shots. With Athleta trying to stop the clock, Hibs maintained composure from the free-shot line to ascertain the win. Peter Perotti, BOV Chief Officer, presented the BOV KO trophy to the winners as well as the MVP award to Hibs pivot Lizaur. Hibs coach Norbert Borg said success yesterday was the fruit of sheer hard work put in by his players during training. 'The team trained hard and prepared well for this final,' he said. 'We were composed and strong in defence for almost the entire match. In the last few minutes of we committed some turnovers and Athleta took advantage to tie the game. 'However, our young players showed great confidence and determination throughout, also boosted by the constant backing they got from our supporters.'
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Men Super Cup Final - Oct 3, 2016

Gira Athleta 92
Starlites 60
(30-16) (20-14) (20-17) (13-22)

Gira Athleta obtained their second cup of the season when they won the St. James Hospital Super Cup against Starlites. Athleta were in control of the match from the first minutes as Starlites had a 1 point advantage half way through the first period 10-9. Athleta had an 11-0 run to close the first period in front 30-16. Athleta opened the second period with points by Michael Naudi and Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) and altough there was a short reaction by Starlites, Athleta were leading 50-30 at halftime. In the third period both sides had their moments with three pointers David Camilleri and Peter Shoults for Athleta and Jacob Formosa and Thomas Grech for Starlites. Athleta still had a comfortable 70-47 lead for the last period which they opened with another 12-0 run. Formosa netted another couple of treys for Starlites but Athleta were in control and won the game 92-60.

Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 24, R. Vella 4, D. Camilleri 7, L. Stefanovic, P. Shoults 11, F. Mifsud Bonnici 1, B. Zammit 11, S. Vincic, M. G. Montaldo 1, J. Whitehead 33.
Starlites: Q. Bugeja, L. Vella, A. Schembri 6, C. Schembri 3, M. Falzon 4, A. Felice Pace 12, Zika Stankovic 7, J. Formosa 16, M. Azzopardi, C. Doublet, T. Grech 12.
Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Gordon Barbara, Stephen Micallef.

by Dhruv
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