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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%
Floriana hand the first defeat to Virtus to secure top spot ahead of the semi-final play-offs - Mar 15, 2016

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Mike Nwelue
Pavi Depiro 83
Bupa Luxol 69
(15-12) (21-23) (29-17) (18-12)

Pavi Depiro ended their regular season commitments with a victory against Bupa Luxol 83-69. Luxol are now without Colt Fason however they had William Ahlberg back in their ranks together with Tom Paris. Depiro had Nicholas Grech missing and Kurt Xuereb was sent off early in the game after a retaliation foul. The game had a balanced start with points coming on both ends of the floor. Luxol had a CJ Cordina triple however Mike Nwelue (196-F, college: Drury) replied for Depiro as they closed the first session in front 15-12. In the second quarter, Depiro increased their lead to 7 points however Cordina and Ahlberg replied for Luxol. Nwelue had more points for Depiro before a couple of treys for Luxol by JP Bonnici and Cordina and at the interval Depiro were up 36-35. In the third session Depiro increased their advantage once more with consecutive points by Nwelue and Matthew Borg. Luxol replied with a JP Schembri trey together with Cordina's points to stay close. In the last minutes Depiro made a good 14-4 run with Nwelue leading their offence as they closed the period 65-52 ahead. In the last session, Timothy Zammit points kept Depiro comfortably ahead. Luxol had treys from Cordina and Ahlberg however Depiro were in control to win the game 82-69.

Pavi Depiro: J. Attard 1, M. Agius, J. Camilleri, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 6, T. Zammit 10, M. Mallia 14, K. Xuereb 8, M. Borg 8, M. Nwelue 36.
Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 28, J. Willoughby 4, W. Ahlberg 21, J.P. Schembri 5, K. Dimech, T. Paris, M. Mercieca 4, J. Maistre Mellilo, JP Bonnici 7, E. Bonello.
Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Alfred Carbonaro, Christine Farrugia.

Gira Athleta 72
Hibernians 75
(20-19) (18-18) (21-23) (13-15)

Hibs needed to win their last match to avoid the bottom place of the table. Athleta had Roderick Vella and Nikolai Lubrano missing but recovered Billy Zammit. Simon Attard and Stefan Vella were missing for Hibs. The teams were close to each other from the start however Hibs went for an 7-0 run including a Marco Matijevic triple. Athleta replied with an 8-0 run with points from Michael Naudi and a Billy Zammit triple for a 20-19 score at the end of the quarter. Zammit netted his second trey with Kieron Caruana also making a triple for Hibs. Both teams replied to each other as Athleta had points from Stefan Vincic and at the interval they were a point in front 38-37. After the break Athleta had Adrian Micallef points to keep them ahead. Caruana put in 2 more treys for Hibs but Athleta kept their advantage until a long range triple by Fabrizio Mariani in the last second which gave Hibs a 1 point lead 60-59. Athleta regained the advantage in the last period as Lee Fisher came more to the picture. However a late 7-0 run by Hibs including a Paul Attard trey gave Hibs a final lead which they kept till the end of the game to win it 75-72.

Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 29, F. Mifsud Bonnici, L. Stefanovic, I. Buldakov 2, B. Zammit 8, A. Micallef 19, S. Vincic 4, M. Gauchi Montaldo, L. Fisher 10.
Hibs: P. Attard 5, M. Houmpton, G. Agius, L. Farrugia 1, I. Bonett 2, K. Caruana 29, R. Carabott 11, K. Sultana, F. Mariani 5, M. Matijevic 22.
Referees: Gordon Barbara, Alfred Carbonaro, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic

Floriana Cafe Del Mar 87
Falken Cynergi Virtus 66
(24-17) (15-14) (17-19) (31-16)

Champions Falken Cynergi Virtus first defeat of the league cost them the first place of the table. Floriana Cafe Del Mar needed a seven point victory to claim the first place of the table however they went for a much more comfortable result. They won 87-66 and this will boost their morale prior to the play-offs were they will now face Bupa Luxol. The other semi-final will be a must watch between the champions and Gzira Athleta, a repetition of last year's final and this season's knock-out final. In the beginning of the game Virtus took their first and only advantage after a couple of treys by David Bugeja. Floriana replied with an 11-0 run including a Nikola Vasovic triple. Bugeja netted another trey for Virtus but a couple of hoops by Chad Patus and Clayton Calleja saw Floriana closing the first quarter 24-17 ahead. Floriana increased their lead in the second period with treys from Patus and Sean Borg. Bugeja replied again for Virtus together with Chris Santo and a Robert Bonnici triple but Floriana were leading by 7 points at half time 39-31. Virtus reacted in the third quarter as they made an 11-2 run with Santo's points together with Shawn Pace who also had a trey. Nigel Sultana replied for Floriana but more treys by Virtus from Peter Shoults and David Camilleri saw champions reducing the lead to just 2 points 47-49. Floriana recovered with an 7-0 run with points by Vasovic, Patus and Borg before another Pace triple for a 56-50 score. Floriana opened quickly in the last session with more hoops by Sultana and Axiaq. Shoults replied with a couple of treys for Virtus but Floriana quickly made another 8-2 run. Santo replied for Virtus but Floriana were in control as they closed their match with a 13-3 run as they won the game 87-66 and secured the top place at the end of the regular season.

Floriana Cafe Del Mar: C. Patus 30, L. Ross, N. Sultana 18, S. Borg 6, A. Portelli, N. Vasovic 15, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 16, A. Micallef Trigona, N. Andrejevic.
Falken Cynergi Virtus: S. Pace 8, D. Bugeja 17, R. Bonnici 8, D. Camilleri 3, S. Bonnici, J. Formosa, A. Felice Pace, C. Santo 18, L. Sobers, F. Bartolo, P. Shoults 12, T. Grech.
Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Gordon Barbara, Alfred Carbonaro.


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