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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%
BOV Men League day 4 - Jan 17, 2017


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Samuel
Deguara
Game reports by: Bernard Vassallo

Hibernians 94
Starlites 103
(26-28) (22-24) (24-31) (22-20)


The most entertaining game of the weekend resulted in Starlites' second league win as they overcame Hibernians' strong resistance, with the latter still searching for their first league victory.
Baskets and points were definitely not lacking in this encounter with both sides amassing a large number of shot attempts with a considerable good scoring percentage.
Starlites had the lead for a substantial part of the game, even going up to a maximum 17 point lead, 92-75 with seven minutes left in the game, but Hibs, quite consistently, showed certain vigour to fight back into the game.
In fact, Starlites got off to a better start as they quickly went 17-8 ahead. Their duo, Jacob Formosa and Alec Felice Pace, looked quite sharp on the day possibly also as they were just coming off an intense 3 day morning and evening training camp with the visiting Italian side Orlandina.
Yet, with Hibs then having the upper edge under the boards, the Paolites came back into the game with their Spaniard post player Alvaro Lizaur grabbing a number of points.
Two Stefan Vella treys even gave Hibs a momentary lead, 36-32, but Starlites' riposte were two similar long distance shots, from ex Ryan Carabott. Further points from Formosa, Felice Pace and Serb duo Nikola Stankovic (201-F-91) and Ivan Mitrovic neutralised Lizaur's and Adrian Micallef points at the other end for a high 52-48 score at the interval.
Three consecutive Formosa buckets opened a double digit lead for Starlites but with Marco Matijevic coming more into the offensive fray for Hibs, the latter closed the gap, 66-70, midway in the third period only for Starlites to reply with a strong patch that had them 92-75 in front.
Here Hibs' reaction was a 13-0 run in three minutes and the game was wide opne again. The gap came down twice to just 3 points but eventually Starlites were unyielding and ascertained their win with a number of late freeshots.
Hibs: P. Attard 2, E. Xuereb, L. Farrugia 5, I. Bonett, K. Sultana, A. Micallef 18, M. Matijevic 22, S. Vella 8, F. Mariani, A. Lizaur 39
Starlites: I. Mitrovic 28, M. Azzopardi, L. Vella, R. Carabott 10, C. Schembri, M. Falzon, A. Felice Pace 15, N. Stankovic 19, J. Formosa 31, A. Schembri, M. Farrugia, T. Grech
Referees: B. Vassallo, S. Micallef, Z. Dobrosavljevic

Gira Athleta 63
Cynergi Depiro 69
(19-14) (18-16) (16-20) (10-19)


The battle for the third league win between these two top sides resulted in a Cynergi Depiro success and they now share the top spot in the standings with Floriana.
The determining moment in this encounter was a Depiro 13-2 run in the middle part of the final quarter as this run helped Depiro overturn a 7-point margin into a 4-point lead so late in the game as Gzira Athleta went quite dry in point grabbing in the final quarter.
The start of the game had Gzira Athleta with a superior start racing 11-2 ahead but Depiro found refuge with consecutive treys from Dominic Scafidi (196-F) and Kurt Xuereb respectively.
Josiah Whitehead and Michael Naudi reopened a Gzira Athleta 26-18 lead but again Depiro reacted and here had a 10 point run mainly through hoops from DJ Mason and Andrew Aquilina.
The final moments of the first half had Gzira Athleta again showing the better offensive plays and they managed to change ends 37-30 in the lead.
The thrid quarter was a balanced affair as Gzira Athleta maintained their lead with both sides continuing being a bit erratic in their free throws with misses and a low total game percentage at both ends.
The last quarter had Depiro's significant 13-2 run as they also won some important offensive rebounds and points from Mason, David Bugeja and Alvaro Quiros gave them the lead.
Whitehead was the only point grabber for Gzira Athleta in the final quarter. They did come back within 3 points, 63-66, but then missed four consecutive freethrows. Depiro profitted and closed the game with late freethrows from Bugeja and Scafidi for their first seasonal win over Gzira Athleta.

Gira Athleta: M. Naudi 18, R. Vella 14, D. Camilleri 4, L. Stefanovic, P. Shoults 5, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit, S. Vincic, J. Whitehead 22.
Cynergi Depiro: S. Sammut, D. Bugeja 13, R. Bonnici, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 10, DJ Mason 24, T. Zammit, M. Mallia, A. Queiros 7, K. Xuereb 6, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 7.
Referees: Emanuel Mangani, Stephen Micallef, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic.


Floriana MCP Car Parks 64
Bupa Luxol 75
(7-19) (10-19) (21-22) (26-15)

Bouyed by the introduction of the giant pivot Samuel Deguara (223-C-91), BUPA Luxol made Floriana MCP Car Parks taste their first league defeat.
One of the determining factors in this game was Luxol's superiority under the boards as Deguara's towering presence contributed to a large number of rebounds at both ends.
Floriana took time to settle down and Luxol had the better start with Pierce Cumpstone and William Ahlberg grabbing the initial baskets, youngster Keith Dimech notching a trey and Deguara immediatelt making his presence felt at close range.
Luxol's lead imcreased to 30-7 as they also had a good start in the second quarter including baskets from Stefan Cappello and Jean Paul Schembri.
Although Luxol kepot banging in their baskets, Floriana improved after a timeout and managed to share more the points having also long distance shots apart from points from Anton Axiaq who tried his best against Deguara's height advantage.
The greens' best patch came midway in the final quarter when they regsitered a 14-2 run, closed off with a Nikola Andrejevic 3-pointer, that brought down the gap between both sides to 69-57.
However Luxol were still in the driving seat and they controlled the final moments of the game for their second league win.

Floriana MCP Car Parks: C. Patus 7, S. Pace 8, S. Borg 7, N. Vasovic 9, C. Calleja, A. Axiaq 17, N. Andrejevic 12.
Bupa Luxol: M. Mercieca 4, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 7, K. Dimech 7, W. Ahlberg 15, P. Cumpstone 22, S. Deguara 14, S. Cappello 6.
Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Christine Farrugia, Zvezdan Dobrosaviljevic.

  




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