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.
BOV Division 1 Men Semi Final Play-Offs Game 1 BOV National League - Men 1 Div. P/O S/F 1 Gzira Athleta 61 Bupa Luxol 81 (26-18, 9-30, 10-23, 16-10) Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 11, R. Vella 1, D. Camilleri 12, M. Williams 12, P. Shoults 13, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 10, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo, J. Whitehead 2 Luxol: CJ Cordina 6, M. Mercieca, M. Sjoberg, D. Meli, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 17, K. Dimech 2, W. Ahlberg 9, P. Cumpstone 30, S. Deguara 17, S. Cappello Refere... [read more]
BOV Division 1 Men Semi Final Play-Offs Game 1
BOV National League - Men 1 Div. P/O S/F 1 Gzira Athleta 61 Bupa Luxol 81 (26-18, 9-30, 10-23, 16-10) Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 11, R. Vella 1, D. Camilleri 12, M. Williams 12, P. Shoults 13, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 10, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo, J. Whitehead 2 Luxol: CJ Cordina 6, M. Mercieca, M. Sjoberg, D. Meli, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 17, K. Dimech 2, W. Ahlberg 9, P. Cumpstone 30, S. Deguara 17, S. Cappello Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic
BUPA Luxol opened up the series against their arch rivals Gzira Athleta with a hefty 20 point win thus taking the first psychological lead in the five game series. The game had various facets although Luxol's 21-3 in the central 8 minutes of the third period was a highly influential factor in the game. Gzira Athleta had a dream start netting seven consecutive shots from downtown with David Camilleri (SG) on fire with four treys, aided with a brace of similar long distance shots from Peter Shoults (168-G-85) and another from Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80). In these early minutes, Luxol's reply came from Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) who used his height advantage with clsoe range baskets and 3-pointers from Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) and Jean Paul Schembri. Late free throws from Naudi and Brit Morakinyo Williams (213-C-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) who came off the bench to counter Deguara in height, helped Gzira Athleta to end the first quarter 26-18 ahead. The lead changed hands midway in the second quarter after Schembri had a personal 8-point run, including two treys. Although Athleta reacted momentarily, a similar 8-point run, this time thanks to Cumpstone helped Luxol extend their lead further to a 48-35 half time score. The third quarter was characterised with Luxol's 21-3 run, started off by William Ahlberg (91), a run that helped them open a 69-40 lead. The last quarter had Gzira Athleta trying to reduce the margin with Williams finding a better touch at close range but Luxol were in control and took home the first win in the series.
Cynergi Depiro 63 Floriana MCP Car Parks 60 (11-18, 20-10, 9-13, 23-19) Depiro: N. Grech, D. Bugeja 8, R. Bonnici 17, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina, D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell) 25, T. Zammit, M. Mallia, A. Quiros 2, K. Xuereb 9, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 2 Floriana: C. Patus 23, S. Pace 3, S. Borg 8, N. Vasovic 16, C. Calleja, A. Axiaq 10, A. Micallef Trigona, N. Andrejevic Referees: E. Mangani, I. Simic, I. Marjanovic
A 3-point shot from the left corner of the court by Robert Bonnici, just a second from the final buzzer, determined this first semifinal in favour of Cynergi Depiro who managed to also neutralize a double digit deficit in the last four minutes. In fact, Floriana seemed to have found the right touch after taking the lead at the end of the third quarter and then opening a 10-point lead, in three instances, up to 54-44 with four minutes to go. Yet Depiro had other thoughts and five 3-pointers, two from Bonnici on either side of three consecutive treys from D.J. Mason, reopned the game. The start of the game was in Floriana's favour with hoops from Anton Axiaq (190-C-91), Shawn Pace (175-SG-90) and Nikola Vasovic (180-PG-92) helping the greens open a 16-7 lead and later to a maximum 22-11 advantage. Depiro's reply were two 10 point runs which helped them change ends with a small 31-28 lead which was extended to 38-28 as Floriana hit a dearth of points in the first six minutes. The greens however went from one extreme to another as they, led by Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey)' shooting, then had a 15-0 run spread over six minutes between quarters as it was Depiro who hit a six minute barren patch. D.J. Mason stopped Floriana's run with his first basket on his way to a personal tally of 14 points in the last quarter yet the greens still managed to hold on to 54-44. The late Mason 3-pointers tied the game in the dying seconds. Floriana fluffed their last possession coming off a time-out and Depiro made good use of this turnover with Bonnici sinking the killer trey with one second to go.
Gzira Athleta are the BOV Basketball Men's 2nd Division Champions - 4 days ago
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Today Athleta obtained their third consecutive win over Marvels Power Plus for a 3-0 victory in the best-of-5 playoff final. Athleta won with a scoreline of 61-38, however Marvels kept toe-to-toe with Athleta in the first half of the game, ending the first session 14-13 and the second session 26-23. Athleta piled on the pressure gaining a 14 point advantage in the third quarter, ending it 43-29 and ending the game with a 23 point margin. Peter Perotti, Chief Officer at Bank of Valletta pr... [read more]
Today Athleta obtained their third consecutive win over Marvels Power Plus for a 3-0 victory in the best-of-5 playoff final. Athleta won with a scoreline of 61-38, however Marvels kept toe-to-toe with Athleta in the first half of the game, ending the first session 14-13 and the second session 26-23. Athleta piled on the pressure gaining a 14 point advantage in the third quarter, ending it 43-29 and ending the game with a 23 point margin. Peter Perotti, Chief Officer at Bank of Valletta presented the champions with their medals and trophy. Kwame Thompson (G) was selected by the sports media as the most valuable player (MVP) of the final scoring 33 points in the game. He was presented with a commemorative plaque by BOV Chief Officer Peter Perotti. Courtesy of: mba.org.mt
The NBA is experiencing a gilded age. Clubs have never been more valuable, television contracts have never been more lucrative, and investors are chomping at the bit to invest in the league. One of the reasons The Association has been turned into a license to print money is basketball is played all over the world, especially in Europe. Next to football, there's not a more popular team sport on the globe. It's interesting that on the world stage, basketball is second to football. Yet, in... [read more]
The NBA is experiencing a gilded age. Clubs have never been more valuable, television contracts have never been more lucrative, and investors are chomping at the bit to invest in the league. One of the reasons The Association has been turned into a license to print money is basketball is played all over the world, especially in Europe. Next to football, there's not a more popular team sport on the globe. It's interesting that on the world stage, basketball is second to football. Yet, in the United States, it's third behind American football and baseball, but well ahead of MLS (Major League Soccer). Just how popular is basketball overseas? How common is it for a European to buy Cleveland Cavaliers hoops tickets when they plan on traveling to the U.S. for example? Or how about to the Lakers or the Celtics? We know there are leagues in countries like Russia, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Yet, there are also leagues in countries like Slovenia, Luxemburg, Malta, and Montenegro. Those are four of the ten smallest countries in Europe. Slovenia, the largest of the four, is the size of New Jersey. Below, we take a closer look at three leagues that are currently helping to popularize the sport of basketball, and indirectly, its greatest league, the NBA.
The top league in Malta, a country about the size of Lubbock, Texas, is the Powerade League Bank of Valletta Division 1. Their playoffs are scheduled for late March. In one matchup, Cynergi will battle Floriana. In the other, Athleta takes on Bupa. While we're talking about Bupa, in their last regular season game they blew out Hibernians, 118 to 58. It reminds me of the time in November of 2015 when the Golden State Warriors crushed the Memphis Grizzlies, 119 to 69. Marko Todorovic is the league's top scorer. He averaged 27 points a game during the regular season.
You may have seen James Augustine, Kenny Boynton, Jeremy Evans, Cory Higgins, Robbie Hummel, Aaron Jackson, and Jacob Pullen play in college and/or the NBA. Now, you can see them play in Russia. The world's largest country's first tier of professional club basketball is the VTB United League. The league is sponsored by VTB Bank. The VTB was founded in 2008. Its goal is to bring the top clubs of Eastern and Northern Europe into one league. Right now, the VTB contains teams from Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, and Latvia. Nonetheless, if you win the VTB League you're known as basketball champions of Russia. The VTB's top team is PBC CSKA Moscow. They are nicknamed the 'Red Army.' CSKA players that have also laced them up in the NBA include Andrei Kirilenko, Darius Songaila, Gordan Giriek, Nenad Krsti, and Dragan Tarla. Iceland
Even Iceland, Europe's most sparsely populated country, has a professional b-ball league. The Premier League, officially called the Domino's League, after its sponsor Domino's Pizza, is highest level of competitive basketball played in the Nordic island nation. The league contains teams like Skallagrimur, Snfell, and Njarvik, as well as nine more. Don't worry, there are also teams without tongue-breaking names, like KR, KFI, and IR. My favorite team is Thor Thorl from orlakshoefn. Their starting shooting guard is American Tobin Carberry. He used to play for the LIU Post Pioneers. KR and IR are from Reykjavik. They are the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers of the Domino's League. Each team has won 15 league titles-tied for the most all-time. KR has won the last three championships. Prominent American hoopsters that have balled in Iceland's Premier League include Stew Johnson, J'Nathan Bullock, Justin Shouse, and Nick Bradford. Current American players include Atkinson Jeremy, Cedrick Bowen, Aaron Brown, and Myron Dempsey. The league was founded in 1951.
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