BUPA Luxol registered their third league success to move to a joint second spot in the league table whilst Hibs are still searching for their first league win after the first round of play, although they will now be settign their sights on their important next encounter, the BOV KO final this Sunday against Gzira Athleta. It was a balanced match till the 16th minute until Luxol potted an 8-0 run, opened a double digit lead and then never looked back as they then substantially increased their lead in the final quarter. Samuel Deguara's presence was again a major factor as he immediately started notching points, later also assisted by Luxol's foreign elements, Pierce Cumpstone and William Ahlberg. In fact, this trio amassed 87 of the side's points in this game. Hibs, however, managed to respond effectively and kept close with their centres Marko Matijevic and Alvaro Lizaur tussling under the boards. After the first quarter ended with a 3 point margin, the score was tied at 37 all mid way in the second quarter. With Ahlberg grabbing 9 points of his side's next 13 points till half time, Luxol changed ends 50-43 in the lead after a high scoring first half. Thanks to a better start to the second half and continuing to have the upper edge under the defensive boards, Luxol momentarily extended their lead to +14 late in the third quarter and then dominated the last ten minutes of play. Hibs' defence was a bit flaccid in this final quarter whilst Luxol scored their tenth trey of the game and closed the game with a high free throw percentage with just 2 misses from 19 attempts. Unconfirmed rumuors were circulating that Deguara, who appeared in the last two Luxol games, could be on the verge to leave the island to join an Italian Serie C side from Livorno.
Luxol: CJ Cordina 8, M. Mercieca, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 3, K. Dimech 5, W. Ahlberg 31, P. Cumpstone 22, S. Deguara 34, S. Cappello 4 Hibs: P. Attard 4, M. Hampton, E. Xuereb 4, L. Farrugia 7, S. Attard, I. Bonett 3, K. Sultana, A. Micallef 8, M. Matijevic 26, M. Laferla, F. Mariani 10, A. Lizaur 27 Referees: E. Mangani, C. Farrugia, Z. Dobrosavljevic Notes: Partial Score: 5' 16-9, 15' 35-34, 25' 58-49, 35' 93-73; Shooting: FT: L: 17/19, H: 15/22; 2Pt: L: 30/54, H: 29/71; 3Pt: L: 10/26, H: 2/13; Rebounds: L: Def 42, Off 15, H: Def 29, Off: 15; Fouls: L: 21, H: 17; Fouled Out: L: M. Mercieca 31', H: L. Farrugia 34'.
Cynergi Depiro 72 Floriana MCP Car Parks 68 (15-12, 22-18, 13-14, 22-24)
This top of the table clash results in a close Cynergi Depiro win so that they are now the sole leaders after the first round of the regular league, with just a single loss. Depiro were in front for practically the whole match, save the start of the second quarter, and even at times had a double digit lead but Floriana always managed to pounce back into the game and were within reach up to the final moments of the game. The two sides took some time to get their offensive machines going until Depiro had a 8-2 run which forced Floriana to an early timeout. Floriana's best patch in the game came across three minutes in between the first and second quarters as they had nine consecutive points, including seven from their Canadian import Chad Patus as the greens went 17-15 ahead and this time it was Depiro who opted for a time out to stop the greens' tempo. When play restarted, Depiro set off on a 11-2 break bouyed by an energetic performance from their import D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell) whilst locals David Bugeja and Andrew Aquilina had their positive moments along the encounter. The first half ended with a respective trey at both ends, Mason for Depiro and Andrejevic for Floriana as the half time margin was 7 points, 37-30. Depiro set off the second half with three Mason baskets but Floriana were quick to respond with close range shots from Anton Axiaq. Bugeja, with two late hoops, helped Depiro to a 6-point lead ten minutes from the end. Floriana came within just a basket away, 48-50, but Depiro replied with a 9-3 run in less than two minutes and another 5-0 break shortly afterwards, including a Kurt Xuereb trey, to go 64-54 in the lead with four minutes to go. Floriana did not throw in the towel and creeped back into the game to 64-67, with both sides missing some important free throws. The game was again wide open but a late Aquilina transition basket ascertained the win for Depiro and the top spot in the league table.
Depiro: S. Sammut, D. Bugeja 18, R. Bonnici 2, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 15, D.J. Mason 27, T. Zammit, M. Mallia, A. Quiros 2, K. Xuereb 8, M. Borg, D. Scafidi Floriana: C. Patus 17, S. Pace 3, S. Borg, N. Vasovic 7, C. Calleja 13, A. Axiaq 17, A. Micallef Trigona, N. Andrejevic 11 Referees: B. Vassallo, G. Barbara, C. Farrugia Notes: Partial Score: 5' 10-4, 15' 26-19, 25' 42-35, 35' 62-54; Shooting: FT: D: 7/12, F: 12/16; 2Pt: D: 28/55, F: 22/47; 3Pt: D: 3/9, F: 4/17; Rebounds: D: Def 29, Off 10, F: Def 24, Off: 11; Fouls: D: 16, F: 18; Fouled Out: none.
Starlites Naxxar Gzira Athleta Game was stopped at the interval due to the excessive humidity in the Ta Qali basketball Pavilion resulting in a slippery court.
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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