Hibs Melita defend Louis Borg Cup title - Jan 31, 2012
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Hibs Melita Gardens celebrated the fourth straight Louis Borg Cup title. They overcame Luxol in two-leg Final. Hibs earned a 59:45 win in the first game. The second encounter turned a tougher battle but the outcome remained the same. Hibs Melita posted a 49:46 win and clinched the trophy. Luxol never threatened the margin as Hibs Melita cruised to the seventh Louis Borg Cup title ever. Lena Gipson (182-F) knocked down 34 points in two games to pace Hibs Melita. Joselle Cardona (183-F-87) and Lucienne Bezzina (174-F-79) added 23 points each in two outings. Murphy answered with 33 points in double-header. M Sciortino combined for 24 points in the games.
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League Semi-Final Series Game 4 Starlites Naxxar 36 Caffe Moak Luxol 52 (13-13, 14-13, 5-13, 4-13) Starlites: K. Galea, J. Doughty 3, D. Revol, K. Pirotta 6, J. Micallef 6, J. Grima 7, P. Arguello 10, E. Magrin, S. Davis 4, A. Lupo Luxol: S. Pace 16, M. Mercieca 3, A. Munir 6, I. Baena Medina 2, S. DeMartino 25, C. Sollami, P. Ellul, M. Darmanin, C. Curmi Referees: E. Mangani, C. Farrugia, B. Sly Reigning champions Caffe Moak Luxol made their way to the League Fin... [read more]
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League Semi-Final Series Game 4
Starlites Naxxar 36 Caffe Moak Luxol 52 (13-13, 14-13, 5-13, 4-13) Starlites: K. Galea, J. Doughty 3, D. Revol, K. Pirotta 6, J. Micallef 6, J. Grima 7, P. Arguello 10, E. Magrin, S. Davis 4, A. Lupo Luxol: S. Pace 16, M. Mercieca 3, A. Munir 6, I. Baena Medina 2, S. DeMartino 25, C. Sollami, P. Ellul, M. Darmanin, C. Curmi Referees: E. Mangani, C. Farrugia, B. Sly
Reigning champions Caffe Moak Luxol made their way to the League Final Series, where they will meet their rivals Gzira Athleta, after registering the third consecutive win in the semi-final series against Starlites. The latter had opened the series on a positive footing with an overtime win but they could not repeat a similar feat in the next three games.
Game four was practically decided in a ten minute spell in the middle of the second half when Starlites hit a complete dearth of points, whilst also losing their influential leader on the court Patricia Arguello (178-SF-87) through injury, whilst Luxol ascertained the series win with an influential 18-0 run and they then calmly controlled the tempo in the last minutes of the game.
Luxol were quick off the mark in the game with the opening four hoops forcing the Starlites' coach David Baudot to a very early time-out. This one minute break did reap dividends for Starlites as they managed, by the end of the first quarter, to claw back into the game through baskets from Arguello, Kimberly Pirotta (157-SG-98) and Josephine Grima (193-C-84) for a tied score 13-13.
Two Luxol treys from Sarah Pace (165-PG-88) and Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) respectively set off the second quarter as the violets moved to a 23-15 lead midway in the same quarter.
Once again, Starlites managed to regroup their efforts and a 12-3 run led them to a minimal one point lead in the interval, 27-26 with Luxol having their American import, Attirah Munir, on the bench through injury.
A Jean Doughty three-pointer had Starlites enjoying, momentarily, their maximum lead in the game, 32-20, just three minutes in the third quarter.
Yet they then had to wait ten whole playing minutes to find their way to the opponents' basket whilst also losing Arguello out injured.
On the other hand, Luxol kept marching on and Demartino and Pace spearheaded the game winning 18-0 run as they moved to 48-32 in the lead.
The game now was pratically over and done with as Luxol controlled the proceedings and now will stary eyeing the best of five final series which commences on Thursday 20th April.
MAPFRE MSV League Women Semi-Final Series Game 3 Gzira Athleta 61 Depiro 47 (14-10, 16-11, 17-13, 14-13) Gzira Athleta: M. Stefanovic, C. Grima 22, B. Zammit 6, L. Sciberras 5, A. Simmons 10, D. Said Hollier 16, A. Borg 2, J. Schembri, S. Vella, A. Debenay, C. Mifsud Depiro: A. Mifsud, G. Mifsud 8, M. Balzaraviciute, M. Bonett 7, N. Agius 11, M. Scicluna, C. Schumacher 8, J. Xuereb, T. DeMartino 4, C. Ciantar 9 Referees: E. Mangani, C. Farrugia, I. Simic Gzira Athleta became the first... [read more]
MAPFRE MSV League Women Semi-Final Series Game 3
Gzira Athleta 61 Depiro 47 (14-10, 16-11, 17-13, 14-13) Gzira Athleta: M. Stefanovic, C. Grima 22, B. Zammit 6, L. Sciberras 5, A. Simmons 10, D. Said Hollier 16, A. Borg 2, J. Schembri, S. Vella, A. Debenay, C. Mifsud Depiro: A. Mifsud, G. Mifsud 8, M. Balzaraviciute, M. Bonett 7, N. Agius 11, M. Scicluna, C. Schumacher 8, J. Xuereb, T. DeMartino 4, C. Ciantar 9 Referees: E. Mangani, C. Farrugia, I. Simic
Gzira Athleta became the first women league finalists after making it a 3-0 semi-final series against Depiro, the latter having to do without their influential guard Samantha Brincat, out injured for the third game.
There was a balanced start to the game with Depiro having the first lead 8-4 but Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) then led Athleta to a 14-10 first quarter score.
Free throws from Carlee Schumacher (C) Maria Bonett (174-C-95) and Claire Ciantar (172-C-95) had Depiro maintaining close contact whilst, at the other end, Denise Said Hollier helped Grima with their team's point tally.
The most significant patch in the game came in-between the half time interval, exactly amid the last minute of the first half and the first half of the third quarter. From a tight 23-21 score, Gzira Athleta stormed to a double digit lead with an 18-5 run.
Depiro had to dig deep to keep their hopes alive and they did manage to register a positive reaction with two 8-0 runs and three treys from Nicole Agius (155-PG-98) had them bring down the margin to just five points, 42-47 with five minutes to go.
A time-out halted Depiro's tempo and Gzira Athleta regained their composure with Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE) scoring a series of free throws to ascertain her team's win and the series.
Caffe Moak Luxol 63 Starlites Naxxar 57 (7-10, 20-24, 10-9, 26-14) Luxol: S. Pace 3, M. Mercieca 15, A. Munir 9, I. Baena Medina, S. DeMartino 19, K. Portelli, C. Sollami, P. Ellul 15, L. Caruana Montaldo, M. Darmanin, C. Curmi 2 Starlites: K. Galea 13, J. Doughty 3, D. Revol, K. Pirotta 3, J. Micallef 2, J. Grima 5, P. Arguello 25, E. Magrin, S. Davis 2, A. Lupo 4 Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, M. Rajczi
Reigning champions Luxol made it back-to-back wins in this semi-final series after that Starlites had won the opening game. Game four will be played this evening and the pressure is now on Starlites as only a win can keep their hopes alive of making it to the final by forcing a decisive fifth game on Saturday.
Starlites had most of the lead in this game but they suffered a point drought in the final four minutes whilst Luxol had a game winning 10-0 run.
The first quarter was quite dry from points with Luxol missing half of their free throws whilst Spaniard Patricia Arguello (178-SF-87) led Starlites to a 10-7 lead, even notching two treys.
Luxol did reply with treys of their own early in the second quarter through Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93), M. Mercieca and Paula Ellul (94) but a Kristy Galea (158-SF-00) three pointer followed by points from Arguello and Josephine Grima (193-C-84) opened a maximum 8-point lead for Starlites. Luxol were the only teamto score in the first four minutes of the second half and managed to tie the score at 34-34 but Starlites' answered back with a 9-1 run.
Further threes from Arguello and Galea respectively had Starlites go 49-42 in the lead with seven minutes to go and looking quite in control whilst also dominating the boards.
However Luxol increased their efforts and managed to overturn the score in their favour with a nine point break coming off Demartino, Attirah Munir (185-G, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) and another Mercieca trey.
Kim Pirotta replied with a shot from downtown at the other end and a subsequent three point play from Arguello had Starlites enjoying their last lead at 55-53 with four minutes to go.
Here came Luxol's vital game winning 10-0 run whilst they also forced their opponents to commit some crucial turnovers and even closely guarded Starlites' main player Arguello. The latter did stop Luxol's run with a late basket but time was now totally in Luxol's favour as they took the lead, 2-1, for the first time in this series.
MAPFRE MSV Life Women Semi-Final Series Game 1 Gzira Athleta 50 Depiro 41 (8-12, 16-8, 14-12, 12-9) Gzira Athleta: M. Stefanovic, C. Grima 18, B. Zammit 3, L. Sciberras 4, A. Simmons 15, D. Said Hollier 4, A. Borg, J. Schembri, S. Vella 6, Depiro: A. Mifsud 2, G. Mifsud 6, M. Balzaraviciute, S. Brincat 10, M. Bonett 9, N. Agius, M. Scicluna, C. Schumacher 8, J. Xuereb, T. DeMartino 2, C. Ciantar 4 Referees; G. Barbara, I. Simic, I. Marjanovic Regular league leaders Gzira Athleta got o... [read more]
MAPFRE MSV Life Women Semi-Final Series
Gzira Athleta 50 Depiro 41 (8-12, 16-8, 14-12, 12-9) Gzira Athleta: M. Stefanovic, C. Grima 18, B. Zammit 3, L. Sciberras 4, A. Simmons 15, D. Said Hollier 4, A. Borg, J. Schembri, S. Vella 6, Depiro: A. Mifsud 2, G. Mifsud 6, M. Balzaraviciute, S. Brincat 10, M. Bonett 9, N. Agius, M. Scicluna, C. Schumacher 8, J. Xuereb, T. DeMartino 2, C. Ciantar 4 Referees; G. Barbara, I. Simic, I. Marjanovic
Regular league leaders Gzira Athleta got off with a good start in the semifinal series after beating Depiro after a hard fought match. Depiro had the better start going quickly into the lead with points from import Carlee Schumacher (C) and Maria Bonett (174-C-95). A quarter ending trey from Samantha Brincat (176-SF-79) had Depiro 12-8 ahead. Led by Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) and Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE), Gzira Athleta improved their offensive play in the second quarter and late hoops helped to end the first half 24-20 in the lead. They even extended the lead to ten points, 32-22, half way in the third quarter after a Simmons close range basket. A time out helped Depiro to resettle down and a 7-0 run put them back in contention. Simmons came to Athleta's rescue at this stage with three consecutive baskets with Depiro managing a Gabriella Mifsud (167-F-95) trey before the quarter's end and a 38-32 score line. Brincat, with a brace of hoops, brought Depiro just a basket away but Gzira Athleta then had an important spurt as they notched eight important points, including a Leanne Sciberras trey, in the next four minutes to reopen a double digit lead, 46-36 and with time completely in their favour. Depiro made a last ditch effort but Gzira Athleta did not let the game slip away.
Caffe Moak Luxol 64 Starlites Naxxar 68 (after overtime 61-61) (11-13, 15-13, 18-15, 17-20, 3-7) Luxol: S. Pace 15, M. Mercieca 3, A. Munir 11, S. DeMartino 28, K. Portelli, C. Sollami, P. Ellul 3, L. Caruana Montaldo, M. Darmanin, C. Curmi 4 Starlites: K. Galea 11, J. Doughty 9, S. Farrugia 4, D. Revol, K. Pirotta 2, J. Micallef, J. Grima 17, P. Arguello 17, E. Magrin, S. Davis 6, A. Lupo 2 Referees: B. Vassallo, I. Marjanovic, M. Rajczi
The first game in this series was a nail birting affair which was decided after a period of overtime after a dramatic finale in regular time with a ten metre last second shot off the backboard by Kristy Galea (158-SF-00) forcing a tie for Starlites, with the latter then managing to even outscore the reigning champions in the five added minutes of play. Starlites, led by their duo Patricia Arguello (178-SF-87) and Josephine Grima (193-C-84), had a sprightly start to the game and enjoyed the first lead only for Luxol to hit back with Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93), returning to the side after injury, immediately making her presence felt. Starlites' lead went up to 19-11 early in the second quarter but a 10-0 Luxol run later in the same quarter, with a trey from Sarah Pace (165-PG-88) and points from Demartino and Attirah Munir (185-G, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) led to a change in the lead although a Grima 3-pointer brought both sides at par at half time, 26-26. The thrid quarter had two distinct facets. First it was Starlites who re-established their lead with a 9-0 run in the first part of the quarter only for Luxol to have their say in the second part of the quarter with a 12-2 break and further Demartino points then had them 44-41 ahead with ten minutes to go. Similar to the third quarter, Starlites pushed forward again and treys from Arguello and Galea had them 53-48 ahead. Luxol regrouped and replied with a 9-0 run to jump back infront. The clock was running down and Starlites did reply but Luxol seemed geared up for the win when Pace netted two late free throws, for 61-58, with only a bit more than a second left. A desperate long pass to mid court then ended in Kristy Galea's hand and she turned and attempted a long distance shot which found the target off the glass which sent the Starlites' clan and supporters in the seventh heaven while the Luxol players stood in bafflement. When the overtime set off, Luxol twice had a marginal lead but a late Jean Doughty three pointer proved to be the game winner as Starlites opened a four point gap and took home the first rubber in this series.
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