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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 

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Game 2 (Semi-Finals)

Floriana Mar.30 Cynergi 64%
Bupa Mar.30 Athleta 51%
League Day 3 2016/2017 - Dec 20, 2016

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Game reports by: Bernard Vassallo

Starlites 88
Floriana MCP Car Parks 108
(24-25) (13-25) (30-29) (21-29)

Floriana MCP Car Parks opened a double digit lead in the second quarter and had Starlites chasing them for the rest of the match, although the latter did make a last surge in the final quarter and threatened to egt well into the game only for Floriana to ascertain themselves of the win with a determined and game closing 16-2 run. This was the first seasonal meet between these two sides and it started off as a very balanced affair. Although the greens had a positive start racing to a 12-4 lead with Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey), the game's top scorer, already in the midst of things, Starlites quickly reacted and with accurate long distance shooting through their Serb guard Ivan Mitrovic they managed to close off the first quarter just a point away, 24-25. The first minutes of the second quarter witnessed a tit-for-tat as an initial 11-2 Floriana run was thwarted shortly afterwards with an 11-4 Starlites run with Jacob Formosa grabbing most of the points. Yet, in the final moments of the first half, points from Patus and centre player Anton Axiaq helped Floriana open a double digit interval lead 50-37.
The third quarter was similar to the initial quarter with Floriana again extending their lead but Starlites managing to be more accurate in the final moments through their Serb duo Mitrovic and Nikola Stankovic to make it an 8 point game, 79-67, with the last quarter to play. Starlites tried their best to continue gnawing into their point deficit and momentarily they did so, only for Floriana to strike back with determination and register an important 16-2 run, mostly through the consistent Patus, Shawn Pace and Nikola Vasovic to definitely settle the issue in the greens' favour.

Starlites: I. Mitrovic 27, M. Azzopardi, L. Vella, A. Schembri 4, Q. Bugeja, M. Falzon, A. Felice Pace 10, Zika Stankovic, J. Formosa 21, N. Stankovic 26, M. Vella, T. Grech.
Floriana MCP Car Parks: C. Patus 45, S. Pace 8, S. Borg, N. Vasovic 24, C. Calleja 6, A. Axiaq 25, N. Andrejevic.
Referees: Teemu Helenius, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic, Christine Farrugia.

Gira Athleta 75
Hibernians 67
(14-22) (18-11) (22-13) (21-22)

A 19-5 Gzira Athleta run in the second part of the third quarter was the turning point in this entertaining game as Gzira Athleta overturned a 35-41 deficit to a 54-46 lead by the end of the same quarter. Hibs had been in the driving seat for most of the time prior to this run and then had to face a mounting task and even if they did come to just a solitary point away on two occasions, Gzira Athleta had fresh energy as they embarked on an 8 point run which put them more at ease to register their second win in the league whilst Hibs are still searching for the first success. Pivot player duo Alvaro Lizaur/Marco Matijevic helped Hibs open an early 16-6 lead which they maintained till the end of the first quarter at 22-14. An 8-0 run, all through accurate shooting from Josiah Whitehead, helped Gzira Athleta take the lead for the first time 29-28 after 19 minutes of play but a late Lizaur trey re-established Hibs lead at 33-32 at half time. The third quarter was characterized by Gzira Athleta's late 19-5 run with Michael Naudi also contributing to the points. The game increased in excitement in the last quarter as Hibs came back fighting to get level with their opponents. They came very close twice at 57-58 and 60-61 but an 8-0 run, with two Peter Shoults baskets, helped Gzira Athleta widen their lead again. Despite Hibs' last attempts, Gzira Athleta kept their composure from the free throw line to ascertain themselves of the sin.

Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 19, R. Vella 10, L. Stefanovic, P. Shoults 13, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 3, J. Bos, S. Vincic, M. G. Montaldo, J. Whitehead 30.
Hibernians: P. Attard, M. Houmpton, E. Xuereb, L. Farrugia 11, S. Attard, I. Bonett 2, K. Sultana, A. Micallef 15, M. Matijevic 23, S. Vella, F. Mariani 2, A. Lizaur 15.
Referees: Gordon Barbara, Bernard Vassallo, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic.

Cynergi Depiro 74
Bupa Luxol 57
(20-20) (11-14) (22-8) (21-15)

A strong Cynergi Depiro performance in the third quarter was what separated these two sides in this BOV League encounter. In fact, the first half was a balanced affair and BUPA Luxol even changed ends leading with 3 points. Yet a 22-8 third quarter was instrumental for Depiro to open a double digit lead which they controlled till the final buzzer. A continuous tit-for-tat characterized the first quarter with Depiro having most of the lead and Luxol always coming back to level to score with the quarter ending at 20-20. Luxol, missing their Swede Ahlberg for this match, had a good start in the second quarter with six consecutive points through Pierce Cumpstone and CJ Cordina. Depiro managed to stay in the game through three long distance shots from Kurt Xuereb but a late Cordina hoop helped Luxol close the half 34-31 ahead. There were early treys by Cordina and JP Schembri for Luxol in the third quarter but Depiro hit back strongly through DJ Mason and later had three treys from Andrew Aquilina to go 53-42 in the lead with ten minutes to go. Depiro extended their lead in the final quarter as play became more open.

Cynergi Depiro: N. Grech 4, D. Bugeja 9, R. Bonnici, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 15, DJ Mason 23 , T. Zammit 3, M. Mallia, A. Queiros, K. Xuereb 12, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 6.
Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 20, D. Meli, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 9, K. Dimech 9, P. Cumpstone 17, S. Cappello 2.
Referees: Christine Farrugia, Teemu Helenius, Erkan Ozpolat.

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