Luxol overcome Hibs to clinch SuperCup - Oct 8, 2012
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Luxol - Hibs 57:56
Luxol celebrated SuperCup title. They prevailed against Hibs Melita in a dramatic clash. Paula Ellul (94) sank a decisive free throw with time running out to give Luxol the victory. Luxol stormed into the game. They grabbed a 20:5 early lead. However the team suffered a major setback as Mollie Williams (187-F, college: Washington) had to step off the court with an injury. Hibs Melita capitalized cutting the deficit at just five points at halftime 24:29. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second half. Joselle Cardona (183-PF-87) gave Hibs a late advantage but it was not enough. Petra Paula Ellul got fouled and brought Luxol victory from the stripe.
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League With only one day to go till the end of the regular season, all the four play-off spots are now known after that Hibernians, seeking to keep hoping till their last game versus Depiro, failed in their task to beat Starlites this weekend. What still needs to be decided is the final placing of all the four top teams and the semi final series' sequence. The first match on Wednesday is between Gzira Athleta and Starlites. A win for Gzira Athleta will put them in... [read more]
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League
With only one day to go till the end of the regular season, all the four play-off spots are now known after that Hibernians, seeking to keep hoping till their last game versus Depiro, failed in their task to beat Starlites this weekend.
What still needs to be decided is the final placing of all the four top teams and the semi final series' sequence.
The first match on Wednesday is between Gzira Athleta and Starlites. A win for Gzira Athleta will put them in the top spot as they have a better basket difference over Caffe Moak Luxol in the direct encounters. On the other hand, a Starlites' win would ascertain the third place for them and they would meet the same opponents, Gzira Athleta in the league play-off semi finals.
The second match tomorrow is between Hibernians and Depiro, a game which the latter would eye carefully should Starlites end up on the losing end in the previousmatch on the day. This is because a win over Hibs would then lead Depiro to reach Starlites on equal points in the table but Depiro would end up third as they beat Starlites twice in the league. That would then mean that Gzira Athleta would meet Starlites in the semi final series whilst Depiro would then 'cross swords' with Luxol in the other post-season series.
Caffe Moak Luxol 47 Gzira Athleta 54 (10-14, 3-20, 20-11, 14-9) Luxol: S. Pace 7, M. Mercieca 7, A. Munir 14, I. Baena Medina, K. Portelli, C. Sollami, P. Ellul 6, L. Caruana Montaldo, M. Darmanin 6, C. Curm 7 Gzira Athleta: C. Grima 17, B. Zammit 5, L. Sciberras 5, A. Simmons 16, D. Said Hollier 3, A. Borg 8, J. Schembri , S. Vella, A. Debenay, C. Mifsud Referees: B. Vassallo, C. Farrugia, I. Simic
A strong Gzira Athleta showing in the second quarter, with the interval score at 34-13, was very influential in this game between the top two sides in the standings.
Although Luxol improved in the second half and came closer, albeit momentarily, to their rivals, Gzira Athleta managed to regain control of the match to get some revenge for the 5 point loss in the first round.
The first quarter was a balanced affair with the lead changing hands a number of times with Luxol, still missing their power forward Stephanie Demartino, having points from Sarah Pace (165-PG-88) and Attirah Munir (185-G, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) whilst Gzira Athleta were led off the blocks by their usual dangerous offensive duo Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE) and Christina Grima (175-G/F-89).
Luxol could only pot three shots from the charity line and had no baskets in the second quarter as they started falling behind with Gzira Athleta banging in also a number of treys from Antoinette Borg (182-SF-88), Beverly Zammit and Leanne Sciberras with the margin increasing to over 20 points at the change of ends.
The half time pep talk served Luxol to improve on their offensive game and two good runs helped to halve the deficit by the end of the third quarter, 33-45. This same margin went further down after early Paula Ellul and Christina Curmi hoops for Luxol in the last quarter but Gzira Athleta recouped their efforts and managed to hit back to re-establish a comfortable lead once again.
Starlites Naxxar 72 Hibernians 68 (after overtime, 64-64) (12-16, 16-24, 14-10, 22-14) - (8-4) Starlites: K. Galea 12, J. Doughty 3, S. Farrugia 6, K. Pirotta 4, J. Micallef 11, J. Grima 10, P. Arguello 24, A. Lupo Hibs: E. Micallef 6, E. Cassar 9, S. Gambino 7, I. Agius 1, K. Caruana, K. Portanier Mifsud 5, T. Armstead 28, A. Marinkovic, J. Scerri 12 Referees: B. Vassallo, C. Farrugia, I. Simic
This game had to be decided after overtime after Starlites, who could have even been happy with a minimal loss as that could have also ascertained their play-off spot, forced the extra five minutes of play with a late 3-pointer from Spaniard Patricia Arguello (178-SF-87). This was a must-win game for Hibs in their search for a play-off spot and they were very close to achieving this with a late turnover allowing Starlites to force overtime.
The game was interesting and pleasant with both sides eager to run out winners. Hibs were the better side in the first half with a late 9-0 run helping them to change ends with a 40-28 lead. Led by their guard Silvia Gambino and with close range points coming from Trudy Armstead (185-F-91, college: Northwestern St.) and fast break points from Julia Scerri, the Paolites started extending their lead.
Starlites, who had their post Josephine Grima, returning from injury, somewhat improved in the third quarter and had a 7-0 run which brought them close until a late Kim Portanier Mifsud trey helped Hibs end the same quarter 50-42 in the lead.
The fourth rubber was very appealing with various facets. Elena Cassar had a trey for Hibs but Starlites hot back decisively and even went in front after a 13 point positive run with hoops from Arguello and their young duo Kristy Galea and Jaelle Micallef (155-PG-00).
Hibs however replied immediately with Arsmtead leading the way and putting the blacks back in front, having also possession very late in the game. Yet a turnover off an out of bounds play, after a time out, gave Starlites the opportunity to force overtime after Arguello's long distance shot and putting them with a psychological advantage over their opponents.
In fact, Starlites were the more sprightly side in the overtime period and quickly took the lead. Hibs, shorn of Gambino's presence on the court, did try to get back but Starlites kept their cool and emerged winners.
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League A lot is yet still to play with two round of games to go to the end of the regular season, although Caffe Moak Luxol and Gzira Athleta are already assured of their playoff spots and will be playing for the top spot when they meet each other this coming Sunday as they are at par in the league direct encounters so far with a respective win in the previous two rounds. On the other hand, Starlites, Depiro and Hibs are tussling for the remaining two semi final sp... [read more]
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League
A lot is yet still to play with two round of games to go to the end of the regular season, although Caffe Moak Luxol and Gzira Athleta are already assured of their playoff spots and will be playing for the top spot when they meet each other this coming Sunday as they are at par in the league direct encounters so far with a respective win in the previous two rounds.
On the other hand, Starlites, Depiro and Hibs are tussling for the remaining two semi final spots but now, after Depiro's success over Starlites and Hibs' defeat against Luxol this weekend, the pressure is all on the Paolites as they need to win their remaining encounters against their direct rivals to keep their play-off hopes alive.
Depiro: A. Mifsud, G. Mifsud 2, M. Balzaraviciute 5, S. Brincat 14, M. Bonett, N. Agius, M. Scicluna, C. Schumacher 19, J. Xuereb 8, T. DeMartino, C. Ciantar Starlites: J. Micallef 11, K. Galea 10, J. Doughty 3, K. Pirotta 1, J. Grima, P. Arguello 13, A. Micallef, S. Farrugia 2 Referees: B. Vassallo, K. Dvornikzac, M. Rajczi
Depiro achieved an important win to leapfrog in the league standings over the same opponents albeit with a game in hand, but more importantly to distance themselves from Hibs whom they will meet in the last game of the regular season.
The first half was extremely balanced, ending also at par 23-23, with both sides having the lead on different occasions.
Starlites, still without Josephine Grima, had an early 12-4 run with guard Kristy Galea (158-SF-00) scoring from long distance but Depiro quickly replied mainly through their import player Carlee Schumacher (C) and Samantha Brincat (176-SF-79).
In the second quarter, Spaniard Patricia Arguello (178-SF-87) starting finding more space after being tightly marked in the opening minutes and helped Starlites maintain the pace. A 9-2 Depiro run at the start of the second half was quite influential on the final result as Starlites now had an uphill task to get back into the game and despite Jaelle Micallef (155-PG-00)'s points, there were six points between the sides, 37-31, with ten minutes to go.
With both sides continuing not to be very precise in their shooting, Depiro managed to make good use of their superiority in offensive rebounds and maintain this lead in the final quarter to increase their hopes to make it to the league semi-final series.
Hibs: E. Micallef 3, E. Cassar 17, S. Gambino 5, I. Agius 2, K. Caruana, N. Vella, N. Farrugia, T. Armstead 21, J. Scerri 4 Luxol: S. Pace 15, M. Mercieca 7, A. Munir 10, I. Baena Medina 7, K. Portelli, C. Sollami 2, P. Ellul 11, L. Caruana Montaldo, M. Darmanin, C. Curmi 14 Referees: S. Micallef, C. Farrugia, M. Rajczi
Caffe Moak Luxol dealt a blow to Hibs' hopes of a play-off spot as they managed to open up a significant lead in the second quarter and then controlled the same lead in the second half.
The first quarter was a tit-for-tat affair with Hibs having most of the lead until late Paula Ellul (94) points for Luxol, shorn of the services of Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93), put them 16-12 in front.
A strong Luxol start to the second quarter saw them register an 11-2 run and although Hibs finally managed a reply with long distance shots, Luxol still held on and changed ends leading 41-27.
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League by Bernard Vassallo Caffe Moak CAFFE' MOAK Luxol and Gzira Gzira Athleta registered wins to consolidate their top positions in the table and continue fighting for the top spot in the regular league with their place in the play-offs already ascertained. However there is then a harsh battle for the remaining two spots as Starlites, Depiro and Hibernians have all to face each other in the remaining matches and surely all is to play even if Depiro have played a... [read more]
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League by Bernard Vassallo
Caffe Moak CAFFE' MOAK Luxol and Gzira Gzira Athleta registered wins to consolidate their top positions in the table and continue fighting for the top spot in the regular league with their place in the play-offs already ascertained.
However there is then a harsh battle for the remaining two spots as Starlites, Depiro and Hibernians have all to face each other in the remaining matches and surely all is to play even if Depiro have played a game more as their 68-61 win over Gzira Gzira Athleta last Friday gave them a positive boost.
CAFFE' MOAK Luxol: S. Pace 4, M. Mercieca 2, A. Munir 13, I. Baena Medina,S. DeMartino 14, K. Portelli, C. Sollami, P. Ellul 10, L. Caruana Montaldo, M. Darmanin, C. Curmi 7 Depiro: A. Mifsud 2, G. Mifsud 11, H. Acreman, S. Brincat 7, M. Bonett, M. Balzaraviciute, M. Scicluna, C. Schumacher 12, J. Xuereb , T. DeMartino 2, C. Ciantar 4 Referees: Z. Dobrosavljevic, J. Mangani, I. Marjanovic
An eight point run in the spate of three minutes midway in the last quarter gave CAFFE' MOAK Luxol the necessary buffer to make sure of this hard fought win over Depiro. In fact, with the score 42-36 and the game all to play for five minutes from the end, CAFFE' MOAK Luxol had a long distance shot from Paula Ellul (94), her third in the game, followed by a basket and a trey from Christina Curmi (172-C-96) so that a double digit lead was present for the first time in the match with only two minutes to the final buzzer. The match was quite balanced up till that moment with Depiro also having the lead at times early in the first half, with Carlee Schumacher (C) and Samantha Brincat (176-SF-79) leading their attacks, and then doing their best to keep in close contact with their opponents CAFFE' MOAK Luxol had Attirah Munir (185-G, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) and Ellul getting most of their first half points and then Stephanie Demartino putting in her share in the second. A couple of three pointers from Gabriella Mifsud (167-F-95) and hoops from young centre Claire Ciantar (172-C-95) helped Depiro maintain contact in the last quarter until CAFFE' MOAK Luxol registered their killer blow.
Gzira Gzira Athleta: C. Grima 19, L. Sciberras 7, A. Simmons 30, D. Said Hollier 5, A. Borg 6, J. Schembri, S. Vella 4, C. Mifsud Hibs: E. Micallef 3, E. Cassar 11, S. Gambino 9, I. Agius 10, K. Caruana ,K. Portanier Mifsud, T. Armstead 17, A. Marinkovic, J. Scerri 16 Referees: B. Vassallo, C. Farrugia, J. Mangani
These two sides provided an interesting game which was determined in the last three minutes of play when Hibs, who were leading 66-62, going dry offensively whilst Gzira Athleta had a 9-0 run to get their biggest league win over Hibs after they had beaten the same opponents with only a three and two point margin in the previous two rounds. Hibs, led in their plays by their guard Silvia Gambino, opened a maximum 23-14 lead in the second quarter having also some good post plays from Trudy Armstead (185-F-91, college: Northwestern St.) and transition points from Iona Agius (153-SG-97). Gzira Athleta were trying hard to keep in touch with their import Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE) fighting hard under the boards, even if not in her best physical condition. Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) was being subdued in this first part but two back-to-back treys from Antoinette Borg (182-SF-88) helped them to change ends just a point behind, 32-33. Gzira Athleta were superior in the third quarter where they also overturned the score with points from Simmons and Grima. Hibs reacted at the start of the last quarter and hoops from Julia Scerri and Elena Cassar (179-PG-92) gave them back the lead to 66-62 until Gzira won the game with their final 9-0 run with Simmons closing with 30 personal points.
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