Virtus Falken Cynergi beat Floriana Cafe del Mar in the third play-off from the best-of-five final series to complete a 3-0 whitewash and retain the championship trophy in their cabinet for a second year running. Paul Ferrante's men deserved the title as they were the most consistent team in the National League as challengers Floriana struggled for consistency at this crucial phase of the campaign. In their third match, Virtus opened a 33-21 lead and never looked back. Floriana were caught by fast breaks as their forward looked too slow to recover. Floriana staged a comeback in the fourth period but Virtus regained their composure to seal the title with a 80-70 win. Courtesy of: timesofmalta.com
Falken Cynergi Virtus win their fourth honor - Feb 11, 2016
Floriana Cafe Del Mar 77 Falken Cynergi Virtus 67 (8-15) (19-10) (19-27) (31-15) Aggregate: 136-164
Champions Falken Cynergi Virtus obtained their 4th honor this season after winning the Louis Borg Cup on aggregate 164-136. However they lost the second leg 67-77 against a more determined Floriana side. Floriana managed to won despite losing Chad Patus early in the game. Opposite to the first leg, Floriana were more organized in offence and produced a better defensive performance. Virtus had the better start and went on to lead 15-8 by the end of the first quarter. But Floriana looked more solid in defence when play resumed and their approach paid dividends as they wiped out the gap and went in for half-time leading 27-25. Balance prevailed after the break but the last ten minutes belonged to Floriana. They were almost perfect in their shooting percentage and shocked Virtus as they opened a 61-55 lead with five minutes left. Virtus tried to recover to avoid defeat in this second leg. In a tense finale, Floriana lost Abraham Portelli, Nigel Sultana and Anton Axiaq with five fouls but they held on for the win. At the end, MBA President Emeritus Louis Borg presented medals to all players and the winner's trophy to Virtus captain Peter Shoults (168-G-85). Floriana Cafe Del Mar: C. Patus, L. Ross 25, N. Sultana 17, S. Borg 2, A. Portelli 7, N. Vasovic 13, C. Calleja, A. Axiaq 9, A. Micallef Trigona 4, N. Andrejevic. Falken Cynergi Virtus: S. Pace 3, D. Bugeja 2, R. Bonnici 5, D. Camilleri 9, S. Bonnici, J. Formosa 18, A. Felice Pace 6, C. Santo 21, L. Sobers, F. Bartolo, P. Shoults 3, T. Grech. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Emanuel Mangani, Alfred Carbonaro.
Success for Gira Athleta after a wonderful game - Jan 25, 2016
Gzira Athleta obtained their 4th consecutive success in the BOV Knock out final after beating Falken Cynergi Virtus 98-84. It was the best match of the season with both teams reaching a high level of performance. It was Virtus first defeat of the season, actually the first one since they lost a play-offs semifinal last year. Athleta were the best team on court mixing several types of defense and sometimes opting for a full court zone press. Lee Fisher (198-F-89, college: Chicago St.) Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) and Nicolai Lubrano won several offensive rebounds, another point which turned the game in favour of Joe Galea's side. Athleta quickly took a 5 point lead 7-2 with Naudi in fine form from the start. Virtus hit back with a David Bugeja triple and they even took the lead with points by Jacob Formosa and Chris Santo (196-F, college: St.Anselm). Athleta were back with a 10-2 run with a Naudi triple together with Fisher and Micallef as they obtained a 10 point lead 27-17. In the second quarter, Athleta's advantage grew larger with a couple of hoops by Roderick Vella and Lubrano. Formosa and Peter Shoults (168-G-85) replied for Virtus with a couple of treys but a Billy Zammit (160-PG-90) triple and hoops by Fisher kept Athleta's double figure lead. Santo netted consecutive points for the champions as Vella nailed a trey for Athleta. Virtus ended the session with a 7-0 run including a Robert Bonnici trey and at halftime Athleta's lead was down to six points 50-44. In the start of the third quarter, both teams replied to each other as Vella netted his second triple for Athleta. Virtus replied with an 11-4 run with Shoults second trey as they succeeded in going ahead for the first time 65-63 before the last quarter got underway. Athleta opened with a Lubrano triple to get the lead once more. For two times, the champions replied as Santo and Shoults gave them the advantage. Athleta hit back with a 10-2 run with more points by Fisher and Lubrano. In the ninth minute, Athleta had a 9-3 run mainly from the free-throw line as Virtus attempted to stop the clock. However, Athleta kept calm and scored the remaining free-throws to win the game 98-84 among the celebrations by the players and supporters. At the end of the game, Peter Perotti Bank of Valletta Chief Officer presented the MVP momento to Lee Fisher and the KO trophy to Athleta's captain Michael Naudi. Falken Cynergi Virtus: S. Pace, D. Bugeja 16, R. Bonnici 11, D. Camilleri, S. Bonnici, J. Formosa 13, A. Felice Pace, C. Santo 34, L. Sobers, F. Bartolo, P. Shoults 10, T. Grech. Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 31, R. Vella 15, J. Wait, D. Wiersum, L. Stefanovic, I. Buldakov, B. Zammit 3, A. Micallef 5, N. Lubrano 12, S. Vincic, M. G. Montaldo, L. Fisher 31. Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Gordon Barbara, Emanuel Mangani.
Falken Cynergi Virtus win the Super Cup - Oct 5, 2015
Two weeks after winning the Independence Pre-season tournament, Champions Falken Cynergi Virtus lifted the second trophy of the season after beating Gzira Athleta 63-55 in the Super Cup Final. They had to play without their foreigners due to a technical registration issue however their young players together with the experienced ones had a very positive game. Athleta from their end presented a different squad as they had Michael Naudi, Roderick Vella and Omar Said back for this game. Athleta had the best start with a couple of treys from Vella and baskets from Nicolai Lubrano. Virtus had points from David Bugeja (180-SG-92) however a 7-0 run from Athleta including points by Adrian Micallef and Markus Montague (206-F) gave them a 10 point lead 19-9. Athleta started the second period with three consecutive baskets and increased their lead 25-9. Virtus replied with 3 three pointers from Bugeja and Pace and Athleta went for the interval in front 33-25. After the break, Virtus started with an 8-2 run to reduce the gap to just one basket. Athleta replied with a 7-2 run of their own but Virtus had a good finish to the period with baskets from Camilleri, Bugeja and Alec Felice Pace. Athleta started the last period in front 46-44 however they were hit with a 13-2 run by Virtus with three pointers from Camilleri and Pace. Virtus were now in total control and Athleta netted only three free-throws till the end of the game. After the match, the Sports Journalists' vice president Mario Bonnici presented the winning trophy to the Virtus captain Peter Shoults.
Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 18, R. Vella 8, J. Wait, M. Montague 8, L. Stefanovic, I. Buldakov, O. Said 3, A. Micallef 13, B. Zammit, S. Vincic, N. Lubrano 5, M. G. Montaldo. Falken Cynergi Virtus: S. Pace 6, D. Bugeja 30, R. Bonnici 7, D. Camilleri 13, S. Bonnici, M. Falzon, A. Felice Pace 2, A, Schembri, F. Bartolo 2, P. Shoults 3, T. Grech. Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Gordon Barbara, Alfred Carbonaro.
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