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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 5 - Jan 24, 2017


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D.J. Mason
Game reports by: Bernard Vassallo

BUPA Luxol 107 Hibernians 79
(26-25, 24-18, 23-20, 34-16)

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.

  




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