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Caffe Moak Luxol 50 Depiro 52 (12-13) (11-15) (12-12) (15-12) Luxol had Steffi De Martino and Beverlee Zammit missing and they introduced youngster Kaia Calleja. Depiro were with their typical formation. The game had a balanced start with Luxol taking the first lead and Depiro replied quickly with a Sam Brincat triple. Depiro then went in front and kept a 1 point lead at the end of the first quarter 13-12. In the second period, Depiro increased their advantage with more points by Brincat... [read more]
Luxol had Steffi De Martino and Beverlee Zammit missing and they introduced youngster Kaia Calleja. Depiro were with their typical formation. The game had a balanced start with Luxol taking the first lead and Depiro replied quickly with a Sam Brincat triple. Depiro then went in front and kept a 1 point lead at the end of the first quarter 13-12. In the second period, Depiro increased their advantage with more points by Brincat together with Shameekia Murray (178-G/F-92). Luxol had a Sarah Pace triple before 2 consecutive hoops by Maria Bonett which saw Depiro taking a 5 point lead for halftime 28-23. After the break, Depiro increased their advantage once more with a Gaby Mifsud triple. Luxol replied with a 10-0 run from Lindsay Lessard and Christina Curmi (172-C-96). Mifsud had another trey together with points by Tina De Martino as Depiro made a 7-0 run of their own to start the last period 40-35 ahead. Two Paula Ellul triples drew Luxol nearer once more before going in front with Curmi's points. Bonett netted the final triple with few seconds remaining to give Depiro their second shield victory 52-50.
Caff Moak Luxol: S. Pace 5, M. Mercieca 5, M. Darmanin 2, I. Baena Medina, C. Sollami, K. Calleja, K. Portelli, A. Calleja, P. Ellul 13, N. Vella, L. Lessard 10, C. Curmi 16. Depiro: A. Mifsud, G. Mifsud 12, N. Agius 2, S. Brincat 6, M. Bonett 13, C. Camilleri 1, S. Murray 6, M. Scicluna, T. De Martino 12, C. Ciantar. Referees: Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic, Christine Farrugia.
Gira Athleta 66 Starlites 55 (14-9) (16-16) (20-13) (16-17)
Gzira Athleta advanced to the next stage where they now meet Luxol again in the last semi-final after beating Starlites Naxxar 66-55. With Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE) defending well on Josephine Grima, the Starlites center couldn't find the way to the basket and they had to rely mainly on Patricia Arguello for their points. Athleta started on a good note as they went for a 12-2 run. Starlites recovered with Arguello's triples for a 14-9 score. In the second quarter, it was Starlites who had the better start with a 12-2 run with Kirsty Galea and Arguello netting a trey each. Antoinette Borg came in for Athleta and she netted 8 consecutive points with two treys and Athleta were leading 30-25 at halftime. In the third quarter, Athleta had another strong run with treys from Christina Grima and Borg to open a 15 point lead 45-30. Athleta were still 12 points in front at the start of the final period before a 7-2 run by Starlites that brought them near once more. However Athleta replied with points by Simmons to keep Starlites at a comfortable distance as they emerged victorious 66-55.
Gira Athleta: M. Stefanovic 5, C. Grima 13, M. Pollacco, S. Pisani, L. Sciberras 2, A. Simmons 23, D. Said Hollier 6, A. Borg 14, J. Schembri, S. Vella 3, E. Pace, C. Mifsud. Starlites: D. Agius 6, K. Galea 8, J. Doughty, S. Tabone 2, K. Pirotta 5, J. Micallef 2, J. Grima 5, P. Arguello 20, E. Magrin, S. Davies 7. Referees: Stephen Micallef, Jennifer Mangani.
Depiro 60 Starlites 57 (16-13) (12-12) (18-16) (14-16) The start of the match was balanced with Depiro taking the first lead after a triple by Gaby Mifsud. Starlites replied with consecutive points by Josephine Grima (193-C-84) as Depiro ended the period 3 points in front 16-13. Starlites took the lead after opening the second half with six consecutive points. Depiro replied with more points by Mifsud together with Maria Bonett and a Shameekia Murray (178-G/F-92) triple as they went in f... [read more]
The start of the match was balanced with Depiro taking the first lead after a triple by Gaby Mifsud. Starlites replied with consecutive points by Josephine Grima (193-C-84) as Depiro ended the period 3 points in front 16-13. Starlites took the lead after opening the second half with six consecutive points. Depiro replied with more points by Mifsud together with Maria Bonett and a Shameekia Murray (178-G/F-92) triple as they went in front again and kept their advantage to 28-25 for the interval. After the break, Depiro opened with a Sam Brincat hoop however Starlites replied with a triple by Patricia Arguello and points by Grima to level the score 30-30. For two times, Starlites took a minimal advantage before a 10-4 run by Depiro including a Brincat trey together with Murray points to open a 5 point lead 46-41. Starlites opened the last period with a break of 9-2 with a Stephanie Davies trey and Grima points to take the advantage once more 50-48. Consecutive points including a Murray triple put Depiro in front and despite that Starlites reduced to a point twice, Depiro closed the match with points from Bonett and Murray to win 60-57.
Depiro: A. Mifsud, G. Mifsud 3, N. Agius 2, S. Brincat 7, M. Bonett 16, C. Camilleri 2, S. Murray 19, M. Scicluna 1, M. Micallef, T. De Martino 4, C. Ciantar 5. Starlites: D. Agius 8, J. Doughty, S. Tabone 4, K. Pirotta 1, J. Micallef, J. Grima 26, P. Arguello 13, E. Magrin, S. Davies 5, A. Demanuele. Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Teemu Helenius.
Hibernians 35 Gira Athleta 74 (4-23) (13-19) (6-21) (12-11)
Christina Grima led the attack for Athleta with a total of 26 points together with Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE) as Hibs hed a reduced squad after several injuries in last week's match. Ema Micallef, Raisa Vella and Trudy Armstead were all missing. Athleta started with the first eleven point with a Grima triple. Hibs replied with an Iona Agius (153-SG-97) hoop but Athleta quickly responded with another 12-0 break to end the quarter 23-4 in front. Athleta opened the second half with a triple by Elena Pace and though Hibs managed to pull back with six consecutive points, Athleta continued with more points from Grima and Simmons to lead 42-17 at the interval. In the third period, Athleta continued to dominate the match with Grima making two consecutive three pointers in addition to points by Sharon Vella and Antoinette Borg. In the last session, the game was more balanced with points by Nicole Vella for Hibs while Chantelle Mifsud responded for Athleta that won the match 74-35.
Hibs: E. Cassar 10, N. Vella 6, I. Agius 4, K. Caruana 2, K. Portainer Mifsud, N. Farrugia 5, J. Scerri 8. Gira Athleta: C. Grima 26, S. Pisani 2, L. Sciberras 2, A. Simmons 18, D. Said Hollier 2, A. Borg 6, S. Vella 8, E. Pace 5, C. Mifsud 5. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Emanuel Mangani.
Hibernians 43 Starlites 49 (10-11) (14-18) (6-15) (13-5) Starlites opened their Shield commitments with a victory against Hibernians 49-43. Starlites were leading by one point at the end of the first quarter 11-10. In the second quarter Hibs had to change Trudy Armstead after an injury and Josephine Grima (193-C-84), now playing for Starlites after playing for Hibs last season had consecutive points for a 29-24 score. Starlites increased their advantage to 10 points in the third quarter... [read more]
Starlites opened their Shield commitments with a victory against Hibernians 49-43. Starlites were leading by one point at the end of the first quarter 11-10. In the second quarter Hibs had to change Trudy Armstead after an injury and Josephine Grima (193-C-84), now playing for Starlites after playing for Hibs last season had consecutive points for a 29-24 score. Starlites increased their advantage to 10 points in the third quarter 36-26. Armstead had two consecutive baskets for Hibs however Starlites ended the period with an 8-0 run with treys from Grima and Patricia Arguello. Hibs had the best start for the last period as a 10 run saw them reducing the deficit to 4 points 40-44. Arguello netted another trey for Starlites as Hibs didn't manage to overturn the score as Starlites won 49-43. Hibernians: E. Micallef 2, E. Cassar 12, N. Vella, I. Agius 5, K. Caruana 4, R. Vella, K. Portainer Mifsud, N. Farrugia 2, T. Armstead 16, J. Scerri 2. Starlites: D. Agius, J. Micallef 2, J. Doughty 2, S. Tabone 2, M. Zammit Cordina, K. Pirotta 4, J. Grima 20, P. Arguello 15, E. Magrin, S. Davies 2, A. Demanuele 2. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Kamil Djorniczak.
Caffe Moak Luxol recovered well from a difficult start which saw them trailing by 11 points in the end of the first quarter 22-11. Gzira Athleta had Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE) back on their line-up after a season and she and Christina Grima scored 41 points in total. Athleta opened with an 8-0 run and despite a come-back from Luxol with points by Lyndsey Lessard, Grima netted the last 9 points for Athleta for a 22-11 score. The second quarter was more balanced however there were fewer points as both teams missed easy chances as Athleta kept their lead for halftime 29-20. Luxol performed better after the interval as they had points from Christine Curmi and Mandi Mercieca to go in front 35-33. Athleta went ahead once more in the last quarter with two Grima treys before Steffi De Martino's first points in the game. Athleta didn't manage to take the advantage again as Luxol closed the game with two treys for a score 56-52. Caffe Moak Luxol: S. Pace 7, M. Darmanin, M. Mercieca 12, I. Baena Medina, C. Sollami, S. De Martino 8, K. Portelli, A. Calleja, P. Ellul, N. Vella, L. Lessard 13, C. Curmi 16. Gzira Athleta: C. Grima 29, M, Debono, S. Pisani, L. Sciberras 4, A. Simmons 12, D. Said Hollier 5, A. Borg, M. Pollaco, S. Vella 2, E. Pace, C. Mifsud. Referees: Gordon Barbara, Jennifer Mangani.
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