This was a match-up that many felt that Floriana might take over Depiro to advance to the Malta Shield Finals but Shawn Morgan and Deprio had something to say about that. Depiro and Floriana played a very close game but Depiro pulled away towards the end of the game to advance to the finals. Shawn Morgan led Depiro and showed up being going for 32pts, 9rebs, 9ast, 3stls in the win. Depiro had two other players in double figures respectfully Aquilina chipped in 13 points and Agius added 10points for Depiro. Floriana also has three players with double figures in scoring led by Phillip Thomas with 29pts, 15rebs as well as C.Summut chipped in 16points and D.Camilleri added 11pts. Shawn Morgan spoke after the game about the win "Big Time Players Step Up in Big Time Moments, this is what they brought me here for is to win. We are coming together as a team as long as we continue to improve and stay hungry we will be hard to beat because we play so good together as a team.
Depiro: Morgan 32pts,9rebs,9ast,3stls Aqulilina 13pts,4ast,3stls,5rebs
Floriana: Thomas 29pts,15rebs,1ast Summut 16pts,5ast,1reb
Many thought at the start of the Men's Malta Shield this may be the finals match-up but instead they ended up meeting in the semi-finals where Athleta pulled out a 12point victory. These two teams are considered two of the favorites to win the Malta Championship. Athleta was led by Schembri with 17pts, two other Athleta players ended the game in double figures Todorovic with 15pts and Said with 12pts. Siggiewi was led by Matijevic 16pts, two other Siggiewi player finished in double figures in scoring Meier 15pts and Ross with 11pts.
Athleta: Schembri 17pts,10rebs,3stls,1ast, Said 12pts,8reb,4ast,2stls
Cynergi Depiro 68 Starlites 64 (11-15) (24-14) (23-15) (10-20) Aggregate score: Depiro 187 Starlites 114 Cynergi Depiro: N. Grech, D. Bugeja 15, R. Bonnici 8, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 11, DJ Mason 7, T. Zammit 8, M. Mallia 2, A. Quiroz 2, K. Xuereb 3, M. Borg 4, D. Scafidi 8. Starlites: I. Mitrovic 8, M. Azzopardi, L. Vella, A. Schembri 8, C. Schembri, M. Falzon 4, A. Felice Pace 17, Z. Stankovic, J. Formosa 15, N. Stankovic 6, M. Vella, T. Grech 6. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Igor Marja... [read more]
Cynergi Depiro: N. Grech, D. Bugeja 15, R. Bonnici 8, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 11, DJ Mason 7, T. Zammit 8, M. Mallia 2, A. Quiroz 2, K. Xuereb 3, M. Borg 4, D. Scafidi 8. Starlites: I. Mitrovic 8, M. Azzopardi, L. Vella, A. Schembri 8, C. Schembri, M. Falzon 4, A. Felice Pace 17, Z. Stankovic, J. Formosa 15, N. Stankovic 6, M. Vella, T. Grech 6. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Igor Marjanovic, Brian Sly.
Hibernians 63 Gira Athleta 90 (18-19) (11-22) (12-31) (14-18)
Aggregate score: Athleta 171 Hibernians 140
Hibernians: P. Attard, M. Houmpton, A. Micallef 4, L. Farrugia 10, S. Attard 10, I. Bonett 2, K. Sultana, R. Carabott 4, M. Matijevic 14, S. Vella, F. Mariani 2, A. Lizaur 17. Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 23, R. Vella 15, D. Camilleri 10, L. Stefanovic, P. Shoults 12, B. Zammit 9, J. Bos, S. Vincic, M. G. Montaldo 1, J. Whitehead 20. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Christine Farrugia, Erkan Ozpolat.
Bupa Luxol 45 Floriana MCP Car Parks 55 (18-14) (6-7) (12-12) (9-22)
Aggregate score: Floriana 129 Luxol 114
Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 8, D. Meli, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 6, K. Dimech 2, W. Ahlberg 7, P. Cumpstone 18, S. Cappello 4. Floriana MCP Car Parks: C. Patus 13, D. Agius, S. Pace 17, S. Borg 2, N. Vasovic 6, C. Calleja 10, A. Axiaq 7. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Christine Farrugia, Erkan Ozpolat.
Starlites 50 Cynergi Depiro 119 (11-20) (10-37) (18-25) (11-37) Starlites had already beaten Depiro twice this season including a last seconds victory in the league however this time there was no chance for them as Depiro took the match in their hands from the early stages to ensure a comfortable victory. Depiro quickly opened the match with a 10-0 as David Bugeja (180-SG-92) opened his enormous match with a couple of hoops. There was also a Robert Bonnici triple as Depiro ended the sess... [read more]
Starlites had already beaten Depiro twice this season including a last seconds victory in the league however this time there was no chance for them as Depiro took the match in their hands from the early stages to ensure a comfortable victory. Depiro quickly opened the match with a 10-0 as David Bugeja (180-SG-92) opened his enormous match with a couple of hoops. There was also a Robert Bonnici triple as Depiro ended the session 20-11 in front. The second period was worse for Starlites as they succumbed to Depiro's pressure in defence with Andrew Aquilina registering 10 steals. Aquilina netted a couple of treys as well as Depiro netted a 19-0 run to lead heavily at halftime 57-21. After the break Depiro kept hammering with another 13-0 run and although Starlites replied with points from Jacob Formosa (188-G-97) and Nikola Stankovic, Depiro's lead increased to 82-31. Depiro began the last quarter with a 10-0 run. They reached the century with a Bugeja basket after that Formosa sank a couple of triples for Starlites. Depiro ended the match with a 19-2 run to win 119-50 rendering the second encounter worthless.
Starlites: I. Mitrovic 4, I. Pace, L. Vella, A. Schembri 2, C. Schembri, M. Falzon, A. Felice Pace 5, Z. Stankovic, J. Formosa 21, N. Stankovic 14, M. Vella, T. Grech 4. Cynergi Depiro: N. Grech, D. Bugeja 41, R. Bonnici 18, D. Schembri 4, A. Aquilina 14, DJ Mason 11, T. Zammit 4, M. Mallia, A. Quiroz, K. Xuereb 6, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 21. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Igor Marjanovic, Christine Farrugia.
Gzira Athleta 81 Hibernians 77 (15-20) (34-23) (12-18) (20-16)
In a very interesting match Gzira Athleta obtained a 4 point lead against Hibernians 81-77. Athleta suffered once more underneath the boards in what looks to be a weak point for them at this stage of the season, conceding a lot of offensive rebounds to their adversaries. With Spaniard Alvaro Lizaur and now Maltese Marco Matijevic combining well under the boards, Hibs opened with a 12-2 run as they took the lead after a Peter Shoults (168-G-85) triple for Athleta. In the second session, Athleta replied with a 10-2 run of their own led by Michael Naudi together with Roderick Vella and Josiah Whitehead. Hibs went in front once more but Athleta had another 7-2 run with two David Camilleri triples as they opened a six point advantage 49-43. After the break, Athleta increased their lead to 10 points 57-47 but Hibs replied once more as they went for a 13-2 run which had both sides on level terms at the end of the quarter 61-61. Athleta started well in the last session with an 11-2 run as they had treys from Shoults and Vella. Hibs didn't give up and replied with a 9-0 break that saw them reducing the gap to just one basket before Whitehead's final hoop which gave them a 4 point lead for the return match.
Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 13, R. Vella 14, D. Camilleri 12, L. Stefanovic, P. Shoults 18, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit, J. Bos, S. Vincic, M. G. Montaldo, J. Whitehead 24. Hibernians: P. Attard, A. Micallef 12, L. Farrugia 7, S. Attard 3, I. Bonett, R. Carabott, M. Matijevic 23, S. Vella, F. Mariani 2, A. Lizaur 30. Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Gordon Barbara, Erkan Ozpolat.
Floriana MCP Car Parks 74 Bupa Luxol 69 (27-18) (12-17) (15-15) (20-19)
Similar to the previous match, this was a close encounter and qualification to the semi-final is still an open battle. JP Schembri opened with a trey for Luxol with Floriana quickly replying with a 9-2 run as Chad Patus netted his first trey of the match. There were more points on each side with Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94) and William Ahlberg scoring for Luxol but Patus and Nicola Vasovic replied for Floriana who opened a 9 point lead 27-18. In the second quarter, Luxol reduced the gap to 2 points following an 8-0 run with more Cumpstone points. Patus replied for Floriana once more as they went for the break in front 39-35. In the third quarter, Luxol first managed to level the score 41-41 and then also taking the lead for three times after a CJ Cordina triple. However a Patus trey followed by a Vasovic hoop saw Floriana ahead once more 54-50. The last quarter had Floriana keeping their advantage as they had more treys from Patus and Vasovic. Luxol went in front once more with Cordina's points however Floriana ended the match with an 8-2 run which gave them a 5 point advantage for the second match.
Floriana MCP Car Parks: C. Patus 32, S. Pace 4, S. Borg, N. Vasovic 18, C. Calleja 10, A. Axiaq 10, N. Andrejevic. Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 11, D. Meli, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 13, K. Dimech, W. Ahlberg 11, P. Cumpstone 21, S. Cappello 13. Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Gordon Barbara, Erkan Ozpolat.
Floriana MCP Car Parks 83 Gira Athleta 67 (15-17) (14-13) (36-11) (18-26) The game was quite balanced till the interval with Athleta leading by one point. However a strong run in the third quarter gave Floriana a 24 point lead which however was neutralized by Athleta in the first minutes of the last session. It was the fifth encounter between the two sides this season. Floriana, who only had seven players in their line-up, went ahead at 9-4 with initial hoops from Shawn Pace and Anton Ax... [read more]
Floriana MCP Car Parks 83 Gira Athleta 67 (15-17) (14-13) (36-11) (18-26)
The game was quite balanced till the interval with Athleta leading by one point. However a strong run in the third quarter gave Floriana a 24 point lead which however was neutralized by Athleta in the first minutes of the last session. It was the fifth encounter between the two sides this season. Floriana, who only had seven players in their line-up, went ahead at 9-4 with initial hoops from Shawn Pace and Anton Axiaq together with a Nikola Vasovic trey. Athleta replied with a 9-2 run to close the period in front 17-15. In the second quarter, Floriana re-gained their lead after another 8-2 run however points from Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) gave a slim advantage to Athleta at the interval 30-29. After the break, Floriana had 2 strong runs, 10-0 and 19-2 with points by Chad Patus and Vasovic to lead by 24 points, 65-41, with 10 minutes remaining. Athleta recovered well in the start of the last quarter with 19 consecutive points in the first four minutes with David Camilleri points together with Peter Shoults and Michael Naudi. Score was now 65-60 for Floriana who managed to make 12-4 run with Patus and Vasovic treys to regain a comfortable lead which saw them winning the game 83-67.
Floriana MCP Car Parks: C. Patus 25, S. Pace 7, S. Borg 12, N. Vasovic 25, C. Calleja 4, A. Axiaq 10, N. Andrejevic. Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 17, R. Vella 6, D. Camilleri 6, L. Stefanovic, P. Shoults 13, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 4, J. Bos, S. Vincic, M. G. Montaldo, J. Whitehead 21. Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Igor Marjanovic, Christine Farrugia.
Luxol had only six men for this match but yet they were still good enough to beat Starlites in a high scoring match. Luxol got the initial points with an early 11-5 run including a Keith Dimech trey. Ivan Mitrovic replied with a triple for Starlites but William Ahlberg and JP Schembri also netted triples for Luxol who ended the first quarter in front 25-21. Play was again balanced in the second quarter as American Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94) came more in evidence for Luxol offence as Jacob Formosa and Nikola Stankovic replied for Starlites in a 9-2 run. However Luxol were leading 42-40 at the interval. In the third quarter both teams had more treys with Ahlberg for Luxol and Stankovic and Mitrovic for Starlites. Luxol ended the period with an 11-0 run which gave them a good lead 69-55. In the last quarter Starlites tried hard to recover once more as they put an 9-2 run of their own however Luxol kept calm and slowly ended the game with a solid 15-2 run with more Ahlberg and Cumpstone points to win the game 89-68.
Bupa Luxol: J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 12, K. Dimech 11, W. Ahlberg 30, P. Cumpstone 26, S. Cappello 10. Starlites: I. Mitrovic 26, M. Azzopardi, I. Pace, A. Schembri, C. Schembri, M. Falzon 6, A. Felice Pace 2, Zika Stankovic, J. Formosa 15, N. Stankovic 19, M. Vella, T. Grech. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Stephen Micallef, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic.
With less than 2 seconds for the end of the game, Hibs were leading by 4 points but a foul on a Bugeja three pointer and the converted free-throw forced overtime which went Depiro's way. Hibs had a lot of chances to win the game but a series of missed free-throws kept Depiro close enough to obtain their first league win. Depiro opened with an Andrew Aquilina trey but Hibs recovered well to make a 13-0 run as Spaniard Alvaro Lizaur combined well with Marco Matijevic under the boards. In the second quarter Depiro went in front after a Kurt Xuereb triple but there was another 9-0 run by Hibs including a Luke Farrugia triple. Two consecutive treys by Robert Bonnici cut the deficit to 7 points at the interval, 37-30. Depiro kept chasing Hibs after the interval however they kept giving offensive rebounds as under the board was dominated by the Hibs strong duo Lizaur-Matijevic. As the game came close to the end, it looked like it was going Hibs' way despite the continuous mistakes from the free-throw line. However Bugeja's 4 point play took the match into overtime. Depiro were now galvanized as they had two treys from Aquilina to take the lead and Hibs could only reduce the deficit with a Simon Attard triple but final points from Timothy Zammit gave Depiro the victory 83-79.
Cynergi Depiro: N. Grech, D. Bugeja 21, R. Bonnici 11, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 12, S. Zammit, T. Zammit 1, M. Mallia, DJ Mason 23, K. Xuereb 10, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 5. Hibernians: P. Attard, M. Houmpton, A. Micallef 9, L. Farrugia 3, S. Attard 4, I. Bonett, K. Sultana, R. Carabott 2, M. Matijevic 23, F. Mariani 2, A. Lizaur 36. Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Gordon Barbara, Erkan Ozpolat.
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