Malta recorded the second straight win at the start of European Championship for Small Countries. They held off Wales to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) came up with 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Malta jumped to a 25:14 lead at the first break. They held the Welsh team to just 7 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. Malta arrived at halftime up by 29 points 50:21. Malta cruised throughout the second half. They established a 70:33 advantage at the final break and never looked back en route to the victory. Steve Schembri (187-SF-79) posted 18 points for Malta. Christopher Pearce (195-G/F-89) answered with 13 points for Wales. Alan Duppa (198-PF-80) posted 10 points in the loss.
Game reports by Bernard Vassallo Starlites Naxxar 65 Hibernians 79 (18-19, 25-19, 16-17, 6-24) Starlites: I. Mitrovic 20, M. Azzopardi , L. Vella, A. Schembri 1, C. Schembri 2, M. Falzon , A. Felice Pace 13, N. Stankovic 14, J. Formosa 15, M. Vella , T. Grech Hibs: P. Attard , M. Hampton , E. Xuereb , L. Farrugia 5, S. Attard 2, I. Bonett , K. Sultana , A. Micallef 16, M. Matijevic 22, S. Vella, F. Mariani 6 , A. Lizaur 28 Referees: B. Vassallo, S. Micallef, C. Farrugia Hibernians wer... [read more]
Game reports by Bernard Vassallo
Starlites Naxxar 65 Hibernians 79 (18-19, 25-19, 16-17, 6-24) Starlites: I. Mitrovic 20, M. Azzopardi , L. Vella, A. Schembri 1, C. Schembri 2, M. Falzon , A. Felice Pace 13, N. Stankovic 14, J. Formosa 15, M. Vella , T. Grech Hibs: P. Attard , M. Hampton , E. Xuereb , L. Farrugia 5, S. Attard 2, I. Bonett , K. Sultana , A. Micallef 16, M. Matijevic 22, S. Vella, F. Mariani 6 , A. Lizaur 28 Referees: B. Vassallo, S. Micallef, C. Farrugia
Hibernians were the first finalists after they beat Starlites after an entertaining semi-final where the last quarter, where Hibs outscored their opponents 24-6, proved crucial to determine the winners. In fact, after Hibs had the initial lead, it was Starlites who had the upper hand for fiftenn minutes up to the start of the final quarter, even temporarily having a maximum 9 point lead, 43-34. The game got off to a sprightly start with points coming freely at both ends. An early Ivan Mitrovic trey helped Starlites to an 8-4 lead but Hibs quickly replied with a 13-4 run with points coming mainly off their trio Alvaro Lizaur, Marko Matijevic and Adrian Micallef. A tit-for-tat was seen at the start of the second period with Hibs maintaining a slender lead at 29-26 after four minutes and a Starlites timeout. Eight points shared between Jacob Formosa and Alec Felice Pace pipped Starlites in front and they managed to preserve this lead up till the interval at 43-38. The third quarter was yet another balanced affair as both sides replied to each other continuously although Starlites always managed to keep their lead for 59-55 ten minutes from the end. Hibs seemed to be a fresh side in the last quarter as they surprised their opponents with a 9-0 run which overturned the score in their favour. Although Nikola Stankovic halted momentarily Hibs' run with a basket, Starlites could not react in the right way and a further seven point run in the next two minutes put Hibs in the driving seat with a double digit lead with just two minutes till the final buzzer and they then controlled Starlites' final efforts to make their way to the final.
Floriana MCP Car Parks 55 Gzira Athleta 68 (6-18, 17-17, 24-18, 8-15) Floriana: C. Patus 14, S. Pace 12, S. Borg , N. Vasovic 15, C. Calleja 6, A. Axiaq 6, A. Micallef Trigona 2, N. Andrejevic Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 10 , R. Vella 15, D. Camilleri 3, L. Stefanovic , P. Shoults 12, F. Mifsud Bonnici , B. Zammit , J. Bos , S. Vincic , N. Lubrano 2, M. Gauci Montaldo , J. Whitehead 26 Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, E. Ozpolat
Gzira Athleta made it to the fourth final in this season after beating Floriana MCP Car Parks in a game played in quite a cold temperature in the gym, an ambience that seemed, together with the long holiday playing hiatus, to affect the two teams in the initial stages of the semi-final as most of the players took some time to find their touch. The greens were the most affected as they could not find the right offensive momentum early on whilst Gzira Athleta, with Josiah Whitehead grabbing three early baskets, started opening an early lead and then a long range three from David Camilleri and a three point play by Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) helped the maroons go 14-2 ahead after five minutes forcing Floriana to call an early time-out. After closing the first period twelve points in arrears, Floriana opened with a Chad Patus bucket and a Shawn Pace trey in the second quarter for 11-18 but Gzira Athleta replied with a 9 point break to re-open a double digit lead. Although the greens managed to stop this break, it was still the maroons that had control of the game's tempo till the interval with the score standing at 35-23. This margin was consistent in the first part of the third quarter after a brace of Roderick Vella baskets kept Athleta 45-27 in the lead. Floriana's best patch came in the next minutes when they outscored their opponents 16-5 and then late in the same quarter buckets from Patus and Vasovic decreased the margin to just five points, 47-52. A 7-0 run, coming off Whitehad and Shoults' points, in the first four minutes of the last quarter gave fresh impetus to Gzira Athleta as a double digit lead was re-established and forcing Floriana for another early timeout. The latter did regain some fresh hope when A Patus close range shot came between two Pace shots from downtown for a monetary 55-62 score line but Gzira Athleta ascertained the win with the last six points of the game.
Falzon starts his pro career at Zornotza - 13 days ago
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Ametx Zornotza (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 25-year old Maltese international forward Tevin Falzon (203-102kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe). Falzon just graduated from Sacred Heart (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 25 games he had 10.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg last season. Falzon helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Northeast Conference. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championship for Small Countr... [read more]
Ametx Zornotza (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 25-year old Maltese international forward Tevin Falzon (203-102kg-92, agency: Octagon Europe). Falzon just graduated from Sacred Heart (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 25 games he had 10.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4bpg last season. Falzon helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Northeast Conference. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championship for Small Countries 1st Team. He has been also a member of Maltese international program for some years. Falzon has regularly played for Maltese senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2009. He represented Malta at the European Championship for Small Countries in Moldova last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 14.8ppg, Reb-1 (15.0rpg), 2.8apg, 1.6spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 17.4%, FT: 47.1%. As mentioned above Falzon is just out of college, so it will be his first season as a professional player.
Game reports by: Bernard Vassallo Starlites 88 Floriana MCP Car Parks 108 (24-25) (13-25) (30-29) (21-29) Floriana MCP Car Parks opened a double digit lead in the second quarter and had Starlites chasing them for the rest of the match, although the latter did make a last surge in the final quarter and threatened to egt well into the game only for Floriana to ascertain themselves of the win with a determined and game closing 16-2 run. This was the first seasonal meet between these two si... [read more]
Game reports by: Bernard Vassallo
Starlites 88 Floriana MCP Car Parks 108 (24-25) (13-25) (30-29) (21-29)
Floriana MCP Car Parks opened a double digit lead in the second quarter and had Starlites chasing them for the rest of the match, although the latter did make a last surge in the final quarter and threatened to egt well into the game only for Floriana to ascertain themselves of the win with a determined and game closing 16-2 run. This was the first seasonal meet between these two sides and it started off as a very balanced affair. Although the greens had a positive start racing to a 12-4 lead with Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey), the game's top scorer, already in the midst of things, Starlites quickly reacted and with accurate long distance shooting through their Serb guard Ivan Mitrovic they managed to close off the first quarter just a point away, 24-25. The first minutes of the second quarter witnessed a tit-for-tat as an initial 11-2 Floriana run was thwarted shortly afterwards with an 11-4 Starlites run with Jacob Formosa grabbing most of the points. Yet, in the final moments of the first half, points from Patus and centre player Anton Axiaq helped Floriana open a double digit interval lead 50-37. The third quarter was similar to the initial quarter with Floriana again extending their lead but Starlites managing to be more accurate in the final moments through their Serb duo Mitrovic and Nikola Stankovic to make it an 8 point game, 79-67, with the last quarter to play. Starlites tried their best to continue gnawing into their point deficit and momentarily they did so, only for Floriana to strike back with determination and register an important 16-2 run, mostly through the consistent Patus, Shawn Pace and Nikola Vasovic to definitely settle the issue in the greens' favour.
Starlites: I. Mitrovic 27, M. Azzopardi, L. Vella, A. Schembri 4, Q. Bugeja, M. Falzon, A. Felice Pace 10, Zika Stankovic, J. Formosa 21, N. Stankovic 26, M. Vella, T. Grech. Floriana MCP Car Parks: C. Patus 45, S. Pace 8, S. Borg, N. Vasovic 24, C. Calleja 6, A. Axiaq 25, N. Andrejevic. Referees: Teemu Helenius, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic, Christine Farrugia.
Gira Athleta 75 Hibernians 67 (14-22) (18-11) (22-13) (21-22)
A 19-5 Gzira Athleta run in the second part of the third quarter was the turning point in this entertaining game as Gzira Athleta overturned a 35-41 deficit to a 54-46 lead by the end of the same quarter. Hibs had been in the driving seat for most of the time prior to this run and then had to face a mounting task and even if they did come to just a solitary point away on two occasions, Gzira Athleta had fresh energy as they embarked on an 8 point run which put them more at ease to register their second win in the league whilst Hibs are still searching for the first success. Pivot player duo Alvaro Lizaur/Marco Matijevic helped Hibs open an early 16-6 lead which they maintained till the end of the first quarter at 22-14. An 8-0 run, all through accurate shooting from Josiah Whitehead, helped Gzira Athleta take the lead for the first time 29-28 after 19 minutes of play but a late Lizaur trey re-established Hibs lead at 33-32 at half time. The third quarter was characterized by Gzira Athleta's late 19-5 run with Michael Naudi also contributing to the points. The game increased in excitement in the last quarter as Hibs came back fighting to get level with their opponents. They came very close twice at 57-58 and 60-61 but an 8-0 run, with two Peter Shoults baskets, helped Gzira Athleta widen their lead again. Despite Hibs' last attempts, Gzira Athleta kept their composure from the free throw line to ascertain themselves of the sin.
Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 19, R. Vella 10, L. Stefanovic, P. Shoults 13, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 3, J. Bos, S. Vincic, M. G. Montaldo, J. Whitehead 30. Hibernians: P. Attard, M. Houmpton, E. Xuereb, L. Farrugia 11, S. Attard, I. Bonett 2, K. Sultana, A. Micallef 15, M. Matijevic 23, S. Vella, F. Mariani 2, A. Lizaur 15. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Bernard Vassallo, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic.
A strong Cynergi Depiro performance in the third quarter was what separated these two sides in this BOV League encounter. In fact, the first half was a balanced affair and BUPA Luxol even changed ends leading with 3 points. Yet a 22-8 third quarter was instrumental for Depiro to open a double digit lead which they controlled till the final buzzer. A continuous tit-for-tat characterized the first quarter with Depiro having most of the lead and Luxol always coming back to level to score with the quarter ending at 20-20. Luxol, missing their Swede Ahlberg for this match, had a good start in the second quarter with six consecutive points through Pierce Cumpstone and CJ Cordina. Depiro managed to stay in the game through three long distance shots from Kurt Xuereb but a late Cordina hoop helped Luxol close the half 34-31 ahead. There were early treys by Cordina and JP Schembri for Luxol in the third quarter but Depiro hit back strongly through DJ Mason and later had three treys from Andrew Aquilina to go 53-42 in the lead with ten minutes to go. Depiro extended their lead in the final quarter as play became more open.
Cynergi Depiro: N. Grech 4, D. Bugeja 9, R. Bonnici, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 15, DJ Mason 23 , T. Zammit 3, M. Mallia, A. Queiros, K. Xuereb 12, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 6. Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 20, D. Meli, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 9, K. Dimech 9, P. Cumpstone 17, S. Cappello 2. Referees: Christine Farrugia, Teemu Helenius, Erkan Ozpolat.
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