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Powerade League Bank of Valletta Division 1 Standings
 1. Cynergi 7-3 
 2. Athleta 7-3 
 3. Bupa 7-3 
 4. Floriana 4-5 
 5. Hibernians 2-7 
 6. Starlites 2-8 
Regular Season Standings
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marko Todorovic27.00 
 Nathan Walkup -26.50 
 Omar Said -23.33 
 Micheal Naudi -23.00 
 Chad Patus -20.00 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chad Patus -17.67 
 Marco Todorovic -16.00 
 Nathan Walkup -13.00 
 Michael Naudi -9.33 
 Anton Axiaq -8,50 
Assists Per Game
 Michael Naudi -5.67 
 David Bugeja -5.50 
 Chad Patus -5.33 
 Roderick Vella -5.33 
 Timothy Zammit -4.00 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew Aquilina -4.00 
 Roderick Vella -4.00 
 Nathan Walkup -3.50 
 David Bugeja -3.00 
 Omar Said -3.00 

Next Round Schedule

Game 2 (Semi-Finals)

Floriana Mar.30 Cynergi 64%
Bupa Mar.30 Athleta 51%
League Day 5 2015/2016 - Jan 18, 2016

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Bupa Luxol 79
Pavi Depiro 61
(14-13) (19-17) (28-15) (18-16)

Bupa Luxol confirmed their 4th place in the table and left Pavi Depiro without a victory so far in the league at the end of the first round. Luxol opened the game with the first 10 points including a trey by Jean Paul Bonnici together with Colt Fason (198-F, college: Ouachita Baptist) and CJ Cordina. Depiro came back as they had an 11-2 run of their own with a Kurt Xuereb triple and six points by Mike Nwelue (196-F, college: Drury) but Luxol were leading by one point 14-13. In the second quarter, Luxol increased their lead to 5 points before an Andrew Aquilina (89) trey for Depiro. Then Luxol hit strongly with three consecutive treys by Bonnici, Fason and Cordina. Depiro however managed to stay close as they had another 12-2 run with points from Matthew Borg, Nwelue and Timothy Zammit for a 33-32 score at half time. In the third period, Luxol opened strongly with a 15-2 run with treys from JP Schembri. Depiro also had a triple from Zammit however six consecutive points by Fason and Cordina increased Luxol's advantage to 16 points and they closed the period in front 61-45. In the last session, Luxol opened with another short 7-0 run with another Schembri triple. Depiro tried to re-open the match as they went for a 14-2 run with a Nicholas Grech triple however in the last minutes there were consecutive points by Fason and Luxol won the game 79-61.

Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 18, C. Fason 36, J. Willoughby, S. Visser, J. Tabone, J.P. Schembri 11, K. Dimech, M. Mercieca 6, J. Maistre Mellilo, JP Bonnici 6.
Pavi Depiro: J. Attard 2, M. Agius, A. Aquilina 5, N. Grech 3, T. Zammit 7, M. Mallia, V. Vlachos, K. Xuereb 16, M. Borg 4, M. Nwelue 24.
Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Emanuel Mangani, Teemu Helenius.

Hibernians 51
Gira Athleta 90
(17-15) (11-24) (12-22) (11-29)

Athleta strengthened their third place in the table after beating Hibernians 90-51. There was no chance for the Paolites this time to repeat their Louis Borg Cup surprise as Athleta dominated the game especially after the interval. The first session was quite a balanced affair with both teams replying to each other as Hibs had Kieron Caruana's treys together with points by Fabrizio Mariani (205-C/F-83, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who replaced injured Marco Matijevic. Hibs ended the first quarter in front 17-15 however Athleta opened better in the second quarter with a 14-2 run including treys by Billy Zammit and Lee Fisher and in the fifth minute they were 29-20 ahead. Hibs replied with a Simon Attard trey however Athleta had points from Ivan Buldakov including a triple to open an 11 point lead at halftime 39-28. In the third quarter, Athleta increased their lead immediately as they had two treys by Nicolai Lubrano. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) increased their advantage with consecutive points together with Fisher. Mariani replied for Hibs however Athleta went for another 8-2 run with more points from Naudi and Roderick Vella to close the session ahead 61-40. In the last quarter, Hibs netted the first 5 points however Athleta proceeded with a strong 17-2 run with several points by Naudi together with Lubrano and Fisher. There was still time for a Francesco Mifsud Bonnici triple and points by youngsters Luca Stefanovic and Stefan Vincic as Athleta won the game 90-51.

Hibs: P. Attard, M. Houmpton, G. Agius 3, L. Farrugia 7, S. Attard 5, I. Bonett 3, K. Caruana 8, R. Carabott 3, K. Sultana, S. Vella 2, F. Mariani 20, R. Cortis.
Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 31, R. Vella 4, F. Mifsud Bonnici 3, D. Wiersum, L. Stefanovic 2, I. Buldakov 9, B. Zammit 3, A. Micallef 4, N. Lubrano 11, S. Vincic 2, J. Wait, L. Fisher 21.
Referees: Gordon Barbara, Emanuel Mangani, Christine Farrugia.

Falken Cynergi Virtus 58
Floriana Cafe Del Mar 52
(14-15) (11-16) (15-13) (18-8)

Champions Falken Cynergi Virtus remained un-beaten so far in all competitions as they closed the first round with a victory against rivals Floriana Cafe Del Mar 58-52. As happened nearly in all matches between these two teams so far, it was in the last session that Virtus overturned the score especially with hard defence that left Floriana without points in the first six minutes. Floriana took the first lead with points from Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey), Lee Ross and Nigel Sultana. Virtus replied as they went 7-6 ahead however Floriana replied with five points including a trey by Patus. Virtus took the lead again this time with points from Jacob Formosa together with Chris Santo (196-F, college: St.Anselm) however 4 free-throws by Sultana saw Floriana ending the session ahead 15-14. In the second quarter, Santo gave Virtus the lead once more however he had to be rested after committing his third foul. His absence was felt later on in the quarter as Floriana ended with an 8-0 run and at the break they were leading 31-25. In the third quarter Virtus reduced the gap once more after an 9-2 run including a Robert Bonnici triple. Floriana replied once more with hoops from Sean Borg and Ross as they kept their advantage for the final session 44-40. Virtus were more aggressive in the last period as they opened with a strong 11-0 run with treys from Peter Shoults and David Bugeja. Floriana replied only in the sixth minute as they had Sultana's points but Virtus hit back with 4 points by Formosa. Patus netted a trey to keep Floriana's hopes alive however Virtus scored the final free-throws as Floriana couldn't find the net again and the champions won the game 62-58 to close the first round on top of the table.

Falken Cynergi Virtus: S. Pace 3, D. Bugeja 10, R. Bonnici 10, L. Sobers, S. Bonnici, J. Formosa 13, A. Felice Pace, C. Santo 17, P. Shoults 5, T. Grech.
Floriana Cafe Del Mar: C. Patus 22, D. Borg, L. Ross 8, N. Sultana 10, S. Borg 2, A. Portelli, C. Calleja 4, A. Axiaq 6, A. Micallef Trigona, N. Andrejevic.
Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Teemu Helenius, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic.


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