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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%
Knock-out Day 1 - Jan 14, 2017


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Game reports by Bernard Vassallo

Starlites Naxxar 65 Hibernians 79
(18-19, 25-19, 16-17, 6-24)
Starlites: I. Mitrovic 20, M. Azzopardi , L. Vella, A. Schembri 1, C. Schembri 2, M. Falzon , A. Felice Pace 13, N. Stankovic 14, J. Formosa 15, M. Vella , T. Grech
Hibs: P. Attard , M. Hampton , E. Xuereb , L. Farrugia 5, S. Attard 2, I. Bonett , K. Sultana , A. Micallef 16, M. Matijevic 22, S. Vella, F. Mariani 6 , A. Lizaur 28
Referees: B. Vassallo, S. Micallef, C. Farrugia

Hibernians were the first finalists after they beat Starlites after an entertaining semi-final where the last quarter, where Hibs outscored their opponents 24-6, proved crucial to determine the winners.
In fact, after Hibs had the initial lead, it was Starlites who had the upper hand for fiftenn minutes up to the start of the final quarter, even temporarily having a maximum 9 point lead, 43-34.
The game got off to a sprightly start with points coming freely at both ends. An early Ivan Mitrovic trey helped Starlites to an 8-4 lead but Hibs quickly replied with a 13-4 run with points coming mainly off their trio Alvaro Lizaur, Marko Matijevic and Adrian Micallef.
A tit-for-tat was seen at the start of the second period with Hibs maintaining a slender lead at 29-26 after four minutes and a Starlites timeout.
Eight points shared between Jacob Formosa and Alec Felice Pace pipped Starlites in front and they managed to preserve this lead up till the interval at 43-38.
The third quarter was yet another balanced affair as both sides replied to each other continuously although Starlites always managed to keep their lead for 59-55 ten minutes from the end.
Hibs seemed to be a fresh side in the last quarter as they surprised their opponents with a 9-0 run which overturned the score in their favour.
Although Nikola Stankovic halted momentarily Hibs' run with a basket, Starlites could not react in the right way and a further seven point run in the next two minutes put Hibs in the driving seat with a double digit lead with just two minutes till the final buzzer and they then controlled Starlites' final efforts to make their way to the final.

Floriana MCP Car Parks 55 Gzira Athleta 68
(6-18, 17-17, 24-18, 8-15)
Floriana: C. Patus 14, S. Pace 12, S. Borg , N. Vasovic 15, C. Calleja 6, A. Axiaq 6, A. Micallef Trigona 2, N. Andrejevic
Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 10 , R. Vella 15, D. Camilleri 3, L. Stefanovic , P. Shoults 12, F. Mifsud Bonnici , B. Zammit , J. Bos , S. Vincic , N. Lubrano 2, M. Gauci Montaldo , J. Whitehead 26
Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, E. Ozpolat

Gzira Athleta made it to the fourth final in this season after beating Floriana MCP Car Parks in a game played in quite a cold temperature in the gym, an ambience that seemed, together with the long holiday playing hiatus, to affect the two teams in the initial stages of the semi-final as most of the players took some time to find their touch.
The greens were the most affected as they could not find the right offensive momentum early on whilst Gzira Athleta, with Josiah Whitehead grabbing three early baskets, started opening an early lead and then a long range three from David Camilleri and a three point play by Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) helped the maroons go 14-2 ahead after five minutes forcing Floriana to call an early time-out.
After closing the first period twelve points in arrears, Floriana opened with a Chad Patus bucket and a Shawn Pace trey in the second quarter for 11-18 but Gzira Athleta replied with a 9 point break to re-open a double digit lead.
Although the greens managed to stop this break, it was still the maroons that had control of the game's tempo till the interval with the score standing at 35-23.
This margin was consistent in the first part of the third quarter after a brace of Roderick Vella baskets kept Athleta 45-27 in the lead.
Floriana's best patch came in the next minutes when they outscored their opponents 16-5 and then late in the same quarter buckets from Patus and Vasovic decreased the margin to just five points, 47-52.
A 7-0 run, coming off Whitehad and Shoults' points, in the first four minutes of the last quarter gave fresh impetus to Gzira Athleta as a double digit lead was re-established and forcing Floriana for another early timeout. The latter did regain some fresh hope when A Patus close range shot came between two Pace shots from downtown for a monetary 55-62 score line but Gzira Athleta ascertained the win with the last six points of the game.

  




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