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?
Gzira Athleta are the BOV Basketball Men's 2nd Division Champions - 15 hours ago
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Today Athleta obtained their third consecutive win over Marvels Power Plus for a 3-0 victory in the best-of-5 playoff final. Athleta won with a scoreline of 61-38, however Marvels kept toe-to-toe with Athleta in the first half of the game, ending the first session 14-13 and the second session 26-23. Athleta piled on the pressure gaining a 14 point advantage in the third quarter, ending it 43-29 and ending the game with a 23 point margin. Peter Perotti, Chief Officer at Bank of Valletta pr... [read more]
Today Athleta obtained their third consecutive win over Marvels Power Plus for a 3-0 victory in the best-of-5 playoff final. Athleta won with a scoreline of 61-38, however Marvels kept toe-to-toe with Athleta in the first half of the game, ending the first session 14-13 and the second session 26-23. Athleta piled on the pressure gaining a 14 point advantage in the third quarter, ending it 43-29 and ending the game with a 23 point margin. Peter Perotti, Chief Officer at Bank of Valletta presented the champions with their medals and trophy. Kwame Thompson (G) was selected by the sports media as the most valuable player (MVP) of the final scoring 33 points in the game. He was presented with a commemorative plaque by BOV Chief Officer Peter Perotti. Courtesy of: mba.org.mt
The NBA is experiencing a gilded age. Clubs have never been more valuable, television contracts have never been more lucrative, and investors are chomping at the bit to invest in the league. One of the reasons The Association has been turned into a license to print money is basketball is played all over the world, especially in Europe. Next to football, there's not a more popular team sport on the globe. It's interesting that on the world stage, basketball is second to football. Yet, in... [read more]
The NBA is experiencing a gilded age. Clubs have never been more valuable, television contracts have never been more lucrative, and investors are chomping at the bit to invest in the league. One of the reasons The Association has been turned into a license to print money is basketball is played all over the world, especially in Europe. Next to football, there's not a more popular team sport on the globe. It's interesting that on the world stage, basketball is second to football. Yet, in the United States, it's third behind American football and baseball, but well ahead of MLS (Major League Soccer). Just how popular is basketball overseas? How common is it for a European to buy Cleveland Cavaliers hoops tickets when they plan on traveling to the U.S. for example? Or how about to the Lakers or the Celtics? We know there are leagues in countries like Russia, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Yet, there are also leagues in countries like Slovenia, Luxemburg, Malta, and Montenegro. Those are four of the ten smallest countries in Europe. Slovenia, the largest of the four, is the size of New Jersey. Below, we take a closer look at three leagues that are currently helping to popularize the sport of basketball, and indirectly, its greatest league, the NBA.
The top league in Malta, a country about the size of Lubbock, Texas, is the Powerade League Bank of Valletta Division 1. Their playoffs are scheduled for late March. In one matchup, Cynergi will battle Floriana. In the other, Athleta takes on Bupa. While we're talking about Bupa, in their last regular season game they blew out Hibernians, 118 to 58. It reminds me of the time in November of 2015 when the Golden State Warriors crushed the Memphis Grizzlies, 119 to 69. Marko Todorovic is the league's top scorer. He averaged 27 points a game during the regular season.
You may have seen James Augustine, Kenny Boynton, Jeremy Evans, Cory Higgins, Robbie Hummel, Aaron Jackson, and Jacob Pullen play in college and/or the NBA. Now, you can see them play in Russia. The world's largest country's first tier of professional club basketball is the VTB United League. The league is sponsored by VTB Bank. The VTB was founded in 2008. Its goal is to bring the top clubs of Eastern and Northern Europe into one league. Right now, the VTB contains teams from Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, and Latvia. Nonetheless, if you win the VTB League you're known as basketball champions of Russia. The VTB's top team is PBC CSKA Moscow. They are nicknamed the 'Red Army.' CSKA players that have also laced them up in the NBA include Andrei Kirilenko, Darius Songaila, Gordan Giriek, Nenad Krsti, and Dragan Tarla. Iceland
Even Iceland, Europe's most sparsely populated country, has a professional b-ball league. The Premier League, officially called the Domino's League, after its sponsor Domino's Pizza, is highest level of competitive basketball played in the Nordic island nation. The league contains teams like Skallagrimur, Snfell, and Njarvik, as well as nine more. Don't worry, there are also teams without tongue-breaking names, like KR, KFI, and IR. My favorite team is Thor Thorl from orlakshoefn. Their starting shooting guard is American Tobin Carberry. He used to play for the LIU Post Pioneers. KR and IR are from Reykjavik. They are the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers of the Domino's League. Each team has won 15 league titles-tied for the most all-time. KR has won the last three championships. Prominent American hoopsters that have balled in Iceland's Premier League include Stew Johnson, J'Nathan Bullock, Justin Shouse, and Nick Bradford. Current American players include Atkinson Jeremy, Cedrick Bowen, Aaron Brown, and Myron Dempsey. The league was founded in 1951.
BOV Division 1 Men Top four spots remain unchanged The play-off spots were determined after the last day of the regular season, although nothing really changed in the league standings from last week as the top three remained joint leaders after they all won their games in the weekend. As a result, Cynergi Depiro ended in the top spot on the basis of superiority in the direct encounters between the top three and now will face fourth placed Floriana MCP Car Parks in the best of five semi... [read more]
BOV Division 1 Men
Top four spots remain unchanged
The play-off spots were determined after the last day of the regular season, although nothing really changed in the league standings from last week as the top three remained joint leaders after they all won their games in the weekend.
As a result, Cynergi Depiro ended in the top spot on the basis of superiority in the direct encounters between the top three and now will face fourth placed Floriana MCP Car Parks in the best of five semi-final series whilst neighbour rivals Gzira Athleta and BUPA Luxol will cross swords in the other semi final series commencing in two weeks time.
Gzira Athleta 98 Starlites Naxxar 87 (27-21, 26-19, 27-20, 18-27)
Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 28, R. Vella 8, D. Camilleri 8, M. Williams 15, P. Shoults 11, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 6, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo, J. Whitehead 22 Starlites: I. Mitrovic 22, R. Carabott 15, A. Schembri, M. Falzon 4, A. Felice Pace 3, N. Stankovic 10, J. Formosa 30, I. Felice Pace 3, I. Pace Referees: B. Vassallo, Z. Dobrosavljevic, I. Simic
Gzira Athleta were the first team from the leading pack to play in the weekend and they prevailed comfortably over Starlites in a high scoring encounter, the latter making their last official showing for the season.
Starlites were ably led by Jacob Formosa (188-G-97) and Ivana Mitrovic (96) as this duo shared 52 points between them with Formosa now surely eagerly eyeing his return to Australia next week after signing a contract to immediately play with the Sunbury Jets in the State of Victoria Division One, the tier below the Victoria State Championship.
On the other hand, Gzira Athleta looked always in command and early three point shots from Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) and then David Camilleri (SG) and Roderick Vella (180-PG-85) gave them an early lead. Their skipper Michael Naudi came more into the offensive picture in the second quarter on his way to a team high of 28 personal points whilst the latest import addition, British centre Morakinyo Williams (213-C-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances), used his height advantage under the opponents' boards to further help his side to clearly win the rebounds game, a total of 53 to 20, including 23 offensive rebounds.
The margin between the two sides extended to over 20 points as Gzira Athleta set off the second half with a 8-0 run and then play became more open on the court, with points, including a number of treys, raining in consistently at both ends with Starlites closing with a very good 54% in 24 attempts from the long distance.
The last minutes of the game had a number of bench players having the opportunity to get in some playing time.
Hibs: P. Attard, M. Hampton, L. Farrugia 10, S. Attard, I. Bonett 2, A. Micallef 15, M. Matijevic 13, S. Vella, F. Mariani 9, A. Lizaur 6 Luxol: M. Mercieca 4, D. Meli, J. Maistre Melillo 2, JP Schembri 11, K. Dimech, W. Ahlberg 27, P. Cumpstone 23, S. Deguara 43, S. Cappello 8 Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic
BUPA Luxol closed off the regular season with an easy win over Hibernians who were making their last showing for the season.
Samuel Deguara (223-C-91)'s towering presence was again the main determinant as Luxol did not waste much time to take the lead, helped also with the return on Swede William Ahlberg (91) who had a good shooting had on the day netting six treys.
Hibs did have an encouraging start with a couple of early hoops but Deguara soon started making his presence felt after guardJean Paul Schembri had embarked with nine consecutive personal points.
Luxol extended clearly their lead in the second quarter with import player Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) netting a series of baskets and there was a hefty 35 point margin between the sides at the interval, 62-27.
The third quarter was again dominated by Luxol with Deguara clearing the boards at both ends and then a number of bench players were utilised in the last quarter by both teams. Hibs bowed out from their first season, after many years, in the top division with a significant honour, the BOV KO, whilst Luxol managed to surpass the century mark in this game.
Floriana MCP Car Parks 61 Cynergi Depiro 73 (17-24, 10-23, 12-14, 22-12)
Floriana: C. Patus, S. Pace 10, S. Borg 2, N. Vasovic 25, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 13, N. Andrejevic 9 Depiro: D. Bugeja 9, R. Bonnici 4, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 5, D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell), T. Zammit, M. Mallia 4, A. Quiros 8, K. Xuereb 5, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 38 Referees: E. Mangani, S. Micallef, C. Farrugia
These two play-off sides tipped off already knowing the outcome from Gzira Athleta's and Luxol's games. The end result, a win for Cynergi Depiro who were also 20 points up at half time, meant that the standings remain unchanged and the same two sides will meet in one of the semi-final series in a few days time.
Both sides opted to rest an import player but Depiro still had an extra import to rely on and he did somewhat make a significant difference in the game. In fact, Floriana played without their Canadian Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) whilst Depiro also rested their American centre D.J. Mason but had fellow American Dominic Scafidi (196-F) playing his best match this season and netting a high 38 personal points.
The first minutes were balanced with Floriana having a momentary lead after treys from Nikola Vasovic and Shaun Pace but gradually Depiro took command of the game and a 16-2 run, early in the second quarter, put them clearly on the driving seat.
Buoyed by a large lead, Depiro controlled the tempo in the second half although Floriana did manage to decrease the margin to a more respectable score line.
Play-Offs Semi-finals series (best of 5) Cynergi Depiro vs Floriana MCP Car Parks Gzira Athleta vs BUPA Luxol
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