Athleta raced ahead to a 20 point lead early on through great ball movement, with great perimeter shooting from Omar Said, and David Bugeja penetrating for profit. The introduction from the bench of Kristen Baldacchino gave a further push for Athleta. Depiros Shawn Morgan started the game looking to get his teammates involved in the offense. Athleta carried a very healthy lead going into the second half, and seemed a step ahead.
In the third quarter, Depiro clawed their way back into contention with a tremendous rally, cutting the deficit to a single digit half way through the session. Morgan looked to scored more directly. While he was responsible for some nifty passes, he was unquestionably Depiros major threat as they cut the deficit to a single possession going into the final quarter.
Athleta, however, stymied Depiros progress early in the session and were able to go back to the formula that got them their earlier cushion. In a very cagey quarter of basketball, Athletas patience and discipline on both ends of the ball paid off, and they held off Depiro for a good win.
Athleta was led Marco Todorovic with 22pts, 12rebs, 2ast
Depiro was led by Shawn Morgan 24pts, 8rebs, 2ast, 3stls
Siggiewi 80 v. Floriana Francesco 67
Both team seemed evenly matched at the outset, with Marko Matijevic and Philip Thomas poised for a low-post skirmish from the opening tip. As the first quarter progressed, Floriana took a small lead with some fine spot shooting and physical defense, and Thomas getting an early edge inside. In the second quarter, however, Siggiewi got back into it with some clinical shooting and efficient break play. The two teams exchanged leads several times halfway through the quarter, as Floriana relied on Thomas for their scoring. They struggled to hold back a resurgent Siggiewi squad that relied on a balanced offense to keep up with Thomas flurry, and then ran their way to some easy scores for a six-point halftime lead. [HT 37-43]
Siggiewi built on their momentum and extended their lead throughout the 3rd quarter, with superior team work all round and crisp passing on offense. Peter Shoults was responsible for some fine basketball on both ends of the court, making plays both on hustle and smarts, and helped give Siggiewis backcourt the edge over their Floriana counterparts.
As the game progressed, Matijevic turned the tables on Thomas and seemed to figure him out somewhat. Floriana were unable to get any rhythm going, and while they made a small run with Dirk Schembri showing some genuine flashes, Siggiewi never looked like relinquishing the lead in the fourth, and were able to keep Floriana at arms length until games end.
Siggiewi was led by Marco Matijevic 26pts, 12rebs, 2ast, 3stls,2blks
Floriana was led by Phillip Thomas 27pts, 10rebs, 2ast
Hibernians 56 Gira Athleta 71 (4-18) (14-24) (14-21) (24-8) Athleta had a strong start in which they scored points after several Hibs turnovers and with Michael Naudi points together with Peter Shoults and American Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) closed the first period with a 10-0 run to lead 18-4. In the second period Hibs had the first points from Alvaro Lizaur however Athleta replied with a 9-2 run including a Naudi triple. Towards the end of the period, Athleta i... [read more]
Hibernians 56 Gira Athleta 71 (4-18) (14-24) (14-21) (24-8)
Athleta had a strong start in which they scored points after several Hibs turnovers and with Michael Naudi points together with Peter Shoults and American Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) closed the first period with a 10-0 run to lead 18-4. In the second period Hibs had the first points from Alvaro Lizaur however Athleta replied with a 9-2 run including a Naudi triple. Towards the end of the period, Athleta increased their advantage with two Whitehead treys and another one by Billy Zammit to lead 42-18 at halftime. In the third session the course of the game remained the same with Hibs finding difficulty reaching the basket and had more turnovers. Athleta put made short runs of 8-2 and 7-0 with more points by Naudi together with Roderick Vella and they opened a 31 point lead 63-32. In the last period, Athleta slowed down and Hibs began with three consecutive three pointers, 2 from Luke Farrugia and other one by Lizaur. Athleta points came only from Whitehead but Hibs continued to reduce the gap with another run of 11-2 but were still too far away to worry Athleta as the team of Joe Galea emerged victorious 71-56 . Hibernians: P. Attard 1, M. Matijevic, M. Houmpton, L. Farrugia 12, S. Attard 6, I. Bonett 13, K. Caruana 7, R. Carabott 3, S. Vella, F. Mariani 2, A. Lizaur 12. Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 19, R. Vella 8, D. Camilleri 2, L. Stefanovic, P. Shoults 7, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 6, S. Vincic, M. G. Montaldo, J. Whitehead 29. Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Teemu Helenius, Kamil Djordickzak.
Depiro took the first lead after David Bugeja (180-SG-92) and Robert Bonnici points went 10-2 in front. Luxol replied with a CJ Cordina triple together with a series of consecutive points from Pierce Crumpstone and managed to take the advantage 12-11. Luxol increased their lead at the start of the second period after a Jean Paul Schembru triple 19-13. Depiro replied with an 8-0 run and by the end the quarter, the two teams continued to reply to each other with a trey on each side and at half time both teams were tied 29-29. After the interval Luxol went ahead once more, but Depiro had a strong run of 15-4 with treys by Andrew Aquilina and Timothy Zammit and to open an advantage of 11 points 50-39. Crumpstone replied once more for Luxol but Depiro ended the period optimally with an 8-2 break with consecutive points by Bugeja to lead 58-43. Luxol didn't give up and had a 15-5 run with a Crumpstone triple and reduced the gap to 9 points 62-71. Depiro replied with a Darryl Schembri hoop buth Luxol reduced further the gap but time was against them and Depiro managed to take victory on a final score of 73-66.
Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 15, M. Mercieca 6, J. Willoughby 2, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 5, K. Dimech 5, W. Ahlberg, P. Cumpstone 31, S. Cappello 4. Cynergi Depiro: J. Attard, D. Bugeja 21, R. Bonnici 20, D. Schembri 2, A. Aquilina 6, S. Zammit 9, T. Zammit 7, M. Mallia, A. Querios, N. Grech, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 8. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Emanuel Mangani, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic.
Floriana MCP Car Parks 78 Hibernians 70 (25-14) (15-12) (14-24) (24-20) Floriana MCP Car Parks started their commitments in the St. James Shield with victory over Hibernians 78-70. Floriana opened the game with an 8-0 run and after Hibs replied with a Simon Attard triple, Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and Clayton Calleja had more trey for Foriana. Alvaro Lizaur replied for Hibs however Floriana closed the period with a triple by Nikola Vasovic 25-14. In the second period bot... [read more]
Floriana MCP Car Parks 78 Hibernians 70 (25-14) (15-12) (14-24) (24-20)
Floriana MCP Car Parks started their commitments in the St. James Shield with victory over Hibernians 78-70. Floriana opened the game with an 8-0 run and after Hibs replied with a Simon Attard triple, Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and Clayton Calleja had more trey for Foriana. Alvaro Lizaur replied for Hibs however Floriana closed the period with a triple by Nikola Vasovic 25-14. In the second period both teams replied and near ther end both teams had three pointers and Floriana were 40-26 up at half-time. After the interval Hibs improved their game and after an initial basket for Floriana by Calleja, they made a 13-0 run with a Luke Farrugia triple together with points by Kieron Caruana and Lizaur. Floriana recovered as Sean Borg netted consecutive points together with Patus but Hibs had another 8-0 break to level the score 50-50. Floriana closed the period with two baskets by Calleja and Borg for a 54-50. In the last period, Floriana increased their advantage after a 9-0 run. Hibs also replied again as they went for an 8-0 run to reduce the deficit to 3 points. Floriana managed to maintain the lead till the end of the game to win 78-70.
Floriana MCP Car Parks: C. Patus 24, S. Pace 6, S. Borg 11, A. Portelli, N. Vasovic 20, C. Calleja 12, A. Axiaq 5, N. Andrejevic. Hibernians: M. Matijevic 4, M. Houmpton, L. Farrugia 3, S. Attard 6, I. Bonett, K. Caruana 17, R. Carabott, P. Attard, S. Vella 13, F. Mariani 3, A. Lizaur 24. Referees: Emanuel Mangani, Stephen Micallef, Teemu Helenius.
Bupa Luxol began their shield commitments with a victory against Starlites 82-51. The match started with three pointers on each side by Ivan Mitrovic for Starlites and Marco Mercieca and American Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94) for Luxol. Luxol ended the first session in front 24-16 after two treys by Jean Paul Schembri. Luxol opened the second session with 7 consecutive points and after more Mitrovic points for Starlites, they made a run of 9-3and were 45-27 ahead at half time. In the third quartet the rythm was much lower on both sides although Luxol increased their advantage. Starlites had points by Nicola Mitrovic before points by youngster Keith Dimech for Luxol. In the last session Luxol continued opened with a 10-3 run to win the game 82-51.
Starlites: I. Mitrovic 22, M. Vella, L. Vella, A. Schembri 3, C. Schembri, M. Falzon 5, A. Felice Pace 5, Zika Stankovic, J. Formosa 8, N. Stankovic 8, Q. Bugeja, T. Grech. Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 2, M. Mercieca 15, J. Willoughby 6, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 15, K. Dimech 12, W. Ahlberg, P. Cumpstone 28, D. Meli, S. Cappello 4. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Stephen Micallef, Emanuel Mangani.
Gira Athleta 92 Starlites 60 (30-16) (20-14) (20-17) (13-22) Gira Athleta obtained their second cup of the season when they won the St. James Hospital Super Cup against Starlites. Athleta were in control of the match from the first minutes as Starlites had a 1 point advantage half way through the first period 10-9. Athleta had an 11-0 run to close the first period in front 30-16. Athleta opened the second period with points by Michael Naudi and Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert... [read more]
Gira Athleta 92 Starlites 60 (30-16) (20-14) (20-17) (13-22)
Gira Athleta obtained their second cup of the season when they won the St. James Hospital Super Cup against Starlites. Athleta were in control of the match from the first minutes as Starlites had a 1 point advantage half way through the first period 10-9. Athleta had an 11-0 run to close the first period in front 30-16. Athleta opened the second period with points by Michael Naudi and Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) and altough there was a short reaction by Starlites, Athleta were leading 50-30 at halftime. In the third period both sides had their moments with three pointers David Camilleri and Peter Shoults for Athleta and Jacob Formosa and Thomas Grech for Starlites. Athleta still had a comfortable 70-47 lead for the last period which they opened with another 12-0 run. Formosa netted another couple of treys for Starlites but Athleta were in control and won the game 92-60.
Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 24, R. Vella 4, D. Camilleri 7, L. Stefanovic, P. Shoults 11, F. Mifsud Bonnici 1, B. Zammit 11, S. Vincic, M. G. Montaldo 1, J. Whitehead 33. Starlites: Q. Bugeja, L. Vella, A. Schembri 6, C. Schembri 3, M. Falzon 4, A. Felice Pace 12, Zika Stankovic 7, J. Formosa 16, M. Azzopardi, C. Doublet, T. Grech 12. Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Gordon Barbara, Stephen Micallef.
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