Recap of the 2012 Men's St James Hospital Preseason Tournament - Oct 9, 2012
Recap of the 2012 Men's St James Hospital Preseason Tournament
Game 1 Athleta 51 v Depiro 45
The opening game of the 2012 Men's St. James Hospital Preseason Tournament is a rematch of the 2012 Malta League Championship Series that seen Athleta sweep Depiro
3-0 in the finals with none of the games ever being close. This was a hard fought game that seen both teams battle down to the end but again Athleta would come out on top. Athleta was led by Marco Tordorvic whom had 18pts, and a game hight 13 rebounds and two other Athleta Players was in double digit scoring for the defending champions while Depiro was led by American Guard/Forward Shawn Morgan with a game high 20pts 7rebs, 5stls FG 8/13 3PT 0/1 FT 4/6 . Morgan was the only player on the Depiro team within double digits for the game
Game 2 Siggiewi 58 v. Floriana 46
Siggiewi really had the control of this game from the start and never looked backed and knocked of Floriana in the 2nd game of the day. Siggiewi was led by Chris Meier Daniel Olsen. Meier finished the game with 13pts,10rebs and Olsen also finished with a double-double 10pts, 10rebs, and 5ast. Floriana was led by American forward Phillip Thomas and Bevan Camilleri. Phillips led all scorers with 15pts and Camilleri chipped in 9pts 8rebs, 3ast, and 3 stls for Floriana.
Game 3 Depiro 74 v. Luxol 70
Depiro was able to knock off Luxol after just playing a few hours earlier against Malta power Athleta but Depiro was able to knock off Luxol in a close game. Depiro was led by American Guard Forward Shawn Morgan whom had 28pts 12/18 FG and 4/5 FT. Depiro also had two other players in double figures Rodrick Vella added 14pts, 10rebs, and 6ast and Nigel Sultana added 13pts,7rebs. Luxol was led by American Stephen Shackleford whom added 33pts 13rebs and 6ast; Shackleford 7/21 FG 2/16 3PT AND 13/18 FT for the game. Luxol had one other player in double degit points Nikola Vasovic added 14pts for Luxol. Shawn Morgan and Depiro got the best of this match-up
Game 4 Siggiewi 46 v. Loyola 29
Siggiewi took control of this game early and never looked back as seen Siggiewi stay unbeaten in the tournament after this win. Chris Meier and Marco Matijevic led Siggiewi in this victory. Meier and Matijevic equal the numbers of the whole Loyoal team point wise for the entire game. Meier chipped in 15pts,6rebs and Matijevic added 14pts, and 8rebs for Siggiewi. Loyola was led their American Kenyale Evans 8pts and 6rebs.
Game 5 Athleta 58 v Luxol 40
Athleta entered this game after beating Depiro earlier in the day while Luxol entered the game after losing to Depiro. Athleta again showed why they are the defending champions by handling Luxol as many expected. Athleta was led by Steve Schembri 22pts and 6rebs. Luxol Nikola Vasovic with 13pts. Luxol American Stephen Shackleford continued to struggle from the field adding 10pts, 9stls and 5rebs 2/7 FG 1/12 3PT on the night.
Game 6 Floriana 58 v Loyola 26
Floriana walked through this game against Loyola with no problems as Loyola and their American Guard struggle to find the basket for the 2nd straight game being held under 30pts for the game as a team . Dirk Schembri again led Floriana with 14pts in the game. Loyola was led by the American Kenyale Evans whom struggled from the floor only shooting a combine 31% while scoring 13pts and leading the way for Loyola.
Game 7 Semifinals Game 1 Athleta 63 v. Floriana 54
Semi Final Game 1 was opportunity for Floriana to upset Malta power Athleta but as it turned out Athleta was to strong for Floriana and would be making their appearance for the chance to claim the championship. Athleta was led by Omar Said on their way to the finals. Said finished the game with 12pts and 5rebs. Floriana was led by American Forward Phillip Thomas 5/12 FG and 4/6 FT whom finished with 14pts and 8rebs in the loss
Game 8 Semifinals Game 2 Siggiewi 55 v. Depiro 48
Siggiewi and Deprio battle throughout the game exchanging the led back and forth before Siggiewi took control of the game late in the 2nd half. Siggiewi was led to the championship game to face Athleta by Peter Shoules whom added 13pts and 8 rebs for Siggiewi on their way to the championship game. Depiro was led by American Guard/Forward Shawn Morgan whom finished with 20ptsm 6rebs 8/17 FG 3PT 0/2 FT 4/5.
Game 9 5th and 6th place Game Luxol 58 v. Loyola 45
Luxol and Loyola both came into this final game for both teams with both teams being 0-2 in the tournament. If the games earlier in the tournament was any indication of how this game was going to go Luxol was a favorite entering this game. Loyola had struggled through the tournament and not breaking the 30 point barrier prior to entering the game. This game was closer than many would have thought with Luxol winning by 13pts at the end. Luxol was led by American Stephen Shackleford with 17pts and 15rebs despite shooting only 22% continuing to struggle through the tournament with his shooting. Vella and Sarrio led Loyola with 9points a piece as Loyola's American player Evans continue to struggle throughout the tournament.
Game 10 3rd and 4th Place Game Depiro 67 v. Floriana 59
This is not the game that Depiro wanted to be apart of as they had bigger expectations coming into the tournament and many wondered if their would be a let down on their side that would allow Floriana to knock them off but Depiro came out ready to play. Depiro was led by American Shawn Morgan whom dropped a game high 28pts and continue his hot shooting from the floor at 55%. Floriana was led by their American Phillip Thomas whom added 20pts and 10rebs for Floriana.
Game 11 Championship Game Siggiewi 59 v. Athleta 44
This was thought to be the game of the tournament when the finals was set after both teams won their semi finals match-up earlier in the day but Siggiewi took control and never looked back and the game was really never in question. Siggiewi was led by Lee Ross with 19pts but Chris Meier continued his great tournament play with 14pts and 10rebs. Athleta was led by Marco Todorovic with 17pts and 11rebs in the loss. The question is did Siggiewi set their self up to be the favorites to win the Malta League Championship in 2012-2013. What we learned from the Tournament looks like Siggiewi, Athleta, Depiro, and Floriana may be the teams favored to reach the playoffs or will their be a surprise team?
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