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Division 1 Standings
 1. Athleta 0-0 
 2. Bupa 0-0 
 3. Cynergi 0-0 
 4. Hibs Sen 0-0 
 5. Starlites 0-0 
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 

First Round Schedule
Athleta 50% Nov.26 Hibs Sen
Starlites 50% Nov.26 Bupa
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Cynergi Depiro take sole leadership - Feb 28, 2017

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BOV Men Division One

BUPA Luxol 76 Cynergi Depiro 89
(29-13, 13-28, 18-25, 16-23)

Luxol: CJ Cordina 17, M. Mercieca 4, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 3, K. Dimech 12, P. Cumpstone 22, S. Deguara 16, S. Cappello 2
Depiro: D. Bugeja 18, R. Bonnici 8, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 9, DJ D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell) 30, T. Zammit, M. Mallia, A. Quiros 10, K. Xuereb 14, M. Borg , D. Scafidi
Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, C. Farrugia
Game Notes: Partial Score: 5' 11-5, 15' 34-28, 25' 50-55 35' 71-75; Shooting: FT: L: 8/15, D: 16/23; 2Pt: L:22/46, D: 23/44; 3Pt: L: 8/21, D: 9/20; Rebounds: L: Def 24, Off 10, D: Def 28, Off 16; Fouls: l: 18, D: 16; Fouled out: none.

The weekend's top of the table clash resulted in a Cynergi Depiro victory as they brawled back from a significant first quarter deficit to a minimal second half lead which they maintained and increased till the final buzzer. This victory puts them at the top of the standings with two games to go till the end of the regular season.
In the search of their fifth consecutive win, BUPA Luxol had a very strong start, opening an early double digit lead, with Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) fully in command under both boards, assisted by Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill), and guard CJ Cordina raining in treys.
Depiro recouped their form in the second quarter led by their import centre D.J. Mason who looked quite focused on his game and his mid range points as well as long distance shots from Andrew Aquilina (185-G-89) and Robert Bonnici started diminishing the margin between the two sides to a bare mimimum, 42-41, at the interval.
The lead went Depiro's way at the start of the second half and although Luxol came back with points from youngster Keith Dimech (178-F-00), short range hoops from D.J. Mason and Alvaro Quiros helped Depiro to a 10-2 run.
Luxol were now shorn of Deguara, who was on the bench with foul trouble, and also missing their Swede William Ahlberg (91). Yet Cumpstone was fighting hard to keep them in the game for a 60-66 score line with a quarter to go.
The last ten minutes were a tight affair. Depiro started replying to every Luxol effort until consecutive treys from Aquilina and D.J. Mason helped Depiro to a lead which they controlled and even increased with late free throws when Luxol were trying to stop the clock.

Hibernians 53 Gzira Athleta 65
(14-17, 13-20, 14-13, 12-15)

Hibs: P. Attard, M. Hampton, E. Xuereb, L. Farrugia 7, S. Attard, I. Bonett, K. Sultana, A. Micallef 8, M. Matijevic 7, S. Vella, F. Mariani 4, A. Lizaur 27
Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 23, R. Vella 9, D. Camilleri, M. Williams 8, P. Shoults 9, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 5, S. Vincic, J. Whitehead 11
Referees: E. Mangani, Z. Dobrosavljevic, I. Marjanovic
Game Notes: Partial Score: 5' 4-10, 15' 18-27, 25' 34-43, 35' 48-58; Shooting: FT: H: 6/10, A: 16/20; 2Pt: H:19/44, A: 20/61; 3Pt: H: 3/20, A: 3/11; Rebounds: H: Def 34, Off 12, A: Def 31, Off 17; Fouls: H: 12, A: 15; Fouled out: P. Shoults (A) 39'

Gzira Athleta joined Luxol in the second spot in the standings after a merited win over Hibernians with the latter now only facing a knotty situation to make it to the playoffs as they need full points from their remaining three games to stand a fair chance.
After a fairly balanced first quarter where Hibs also took a momentary early lead, the same lead was firmly snatched by Gzira Athleta in the second one and Hibernians always faced an uphill task in their endeavour to try and get back into the game.
Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) had a positive showing in this half assisted also by his fellow locals Roderick Vella (180-PG-85) and Peter Shoults (168-G-85) whilst Hibs had Spaniard Alvaro Lizaur battling under the opponnets' basket.
There was a ten point spread between the two teams at the interval and this margin remained even till the end of the third quarter.
Hibs did manage to creep in, albeit momentarily, closer at the start of the last quarter but Gzira Athleta quickly regained their superiority with points from their American import Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) who is now joined by a further import in Athleta's ranks, the 213cm towering ex England under-20 international 'Mike' Morakinyo Williams (213-C-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) who joined Athleta late last week from French regional league side Saint Francois. The 28 year old from Solihull also had some playing time and grabbed some points in this match to help his new side to the fifth league win.

Floriana MCP Car Parks 94 Starlites Naxxar 72
(23-15, 16-18, 32-13, 23-26)

Floriana: C. Patus 25, S. Pace 22, S. Borg 8, N. Vasovic 6, C. Calleja 10, A. Axiaq 6, A. Micallef Trigona 5, N. Andrejevic 12
Starlites: I. Mitrovic 15, R. Carabott 4, L. Vella, A. Schembri 2, M. Azzopardi, M. Falzon 2, A. Felice Pace 6, N. Stankovic 16, J. Formosa 27, M. Vella, I. Felice Pace
Referees: B. Vassallo, C. Farrugia, I. Marjanovic
Game Notes: Partial Score: 5' 15-8, 15' 33-23, 25' 58-41, 35' 78-66; Shooting: FT: F: 9/16, S: 15/23; 2Pt: F:32/62, S: 21/48; 3Pt: F: 7/14, S: 5/26; Rebounds: F: Def 49, Off 18, S: Def 22, Off 4; Fouls: F: 19, S: 16; Fouled out: S. Pace (F) 30'

Floriana returned to winning ways as they registered a double over Starlites and revived their hopes for a playoff spot. Although practically always in the lead in the first half, Floriana's win was cemented after a superior performance in the third quarter spurred by a precise Shawn Pace (175-SG-90) who hit Starlites badly with a series of hoops. Pity that the same guard had to somewhat mar his upbeat feat by getting fouled out after passing uncalled for comments to the game officials.
Starlites did try to stage a comeback in the last quarter but Floriana managed to shun any problems
The greens got off on a good footing through baskets from Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and although Starlites replied through Jacob Formosa (188-G-97) and Nikola Stankovic (196-C-97), Floriana still were comfortably in front, 23-15 at the end of the first quarter.
The margin came down to six points, 39-33, at the interval after Starlites had hoops from Serb Ivan Mitrovic.
After the change of ends, Pace burst out offensively and his points were music for the greens as they extended their lead to plus 25, 71-46 with ten minutes to go.
Alhtough Starlites did react with a 13-0 run, Floriana were not to be perturbed and points from Nikola Andrejevic, as the winning team closed off with a good 3-point percentage ratio, fully ascertained their victory.   

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