The ninth day of the regular season ended with three teams sharing the top spot and ascertaining their place in the play-offs, although the top spot is still up for grabs. Depiro, Gzira Gzira Athleta and BUPA Bupa Luxol are sharing the top spot presently in that order, the latter due to the win-loss record in the games between the same trio in the regular season.
The only, as yet, undetermined play-off spot is the fourth spot with only one game day to go for the end of the regular season.
A lot, as regards the last play-off spot, depends on game scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, between Floriana Cafe del Mar MCP Car Parks against Hibernians after this game was postponed earlier this season.
After beating Starlites this weekend, Hibernians are still in the reckoning for a play-off spot but they need to beat Floriana Cafe del Mar by 11 points in order to keep their hopes alive, even though they would also then need to beat Bupa Luxol next Sunday.
Should Floriana Cafe del Mar beat Hibs tomorrow or else lose by less than 10 points, the greens will be assured of a play-off spot. Additionally, in the case of a Floriana Cafe del Mar win tomorrow, they would then aim to beat Depiro by five points next Sunday to leapfrog over the same opponents in the table.
With the teams so close together in the table, there are a number of possible permutations that could be had after the last day of the regular league this weekend. If the top three all win, Depiro would lead the pack but if not all win, then the direct encounters will come into play to determine placings.
Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 5, M. Mercieca 2, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri, K. Dimech 2, P. Cumpstone 10, S. Deguara 36, S. Cappello 11 Floriana Cafe del Mar: C. Patus 15, S. Pace, S. Borg 5, N. Vasovic 21, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 6, A. Micallef Trigona, N. Andrejevic 3 Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, S. Micallef
Two strong middle quarters paved the way for BUPA Bupa Luxol's double over Floriana Cafe del Mar. The main factor in this success was Samuel Deguara (223-C-91)'s evident height advantage under both boards as Floriana Cafe del Mar laboured hard to try and limit the damage as much as possible. In fact, Deguara scored all of Bupa Luxol's first quarter points, 12 in all, but it was Floriana Cafe del Mar who closed off the same quarter in the leas 14-12 as they were keeping calm and had hoops from Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey), Nikola Vasovic and Anton Axiaq (190-C-91). An 8-0 run midway in the second half thanks to Deguara and import player Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) helped Bupa Luxol to open the first significant lead on the day as they then changed ends 30-23 ahead. Although again without Swede William Ahlberg (91), Bupa Luxol extended their lead further in the third quarter as they kept on winning the boards and going 49-34 in the lead with ten minutes to play. An initial 7-2 run in the fourth quarter, with five points from Stefan Cappello (195-F/G-94), made it a 20 point game, 56-36. Floriana Cafe del Mar tallied up a better score with a series of baskets in the final minutes through Patus, Vasovic and Nikola Andrejevic with Bupa Luxol having their last hoops from CJ Cordina as they returned to victory and regained the joint top spot.
Depiro: N. Grech, D. Bugeja 5, R. Bonnici 7, A. Aquilina 6, D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell) 13, T. Zammit, M. Mallia, A. Quiros 2, K. Xuereb 13, M. Borg , D. Scafidi Gzira Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 17, R. Vella 2, D. Camilleri 2, M. Williams 16, P. Shoults 23, L. Stefanovic, B. Zammit 2, S. Vincic 2, J. Whitehead 13 Referees: E. Mangani, Z. Dobrosavljevic, I. Marjanovic
The game that was termed the 'game of the week' resulted in an easy win for Gzira Gzira Athleta as they subjugated their opponents in the second half to end with a sizeable winning margin. The start of the game had Depiro open an early 11-5 lead midway into the first quarteras D.J. Mason and David Bugeja (180-SG-92) did the damage but Gzira Gzira Athleta's offensive engine started running in the next five minutes of play as they registered a 14-2 run as the duo Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) and Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) were joined by Peter Shoults, with the latter notching a series of hoops. Although the second quarter was quite dry from points, treys from Mason and Andrew Aquilina kept Depiro momentarily in the game but Gzira Athleta surged further ahead late in the first half through more points from Naudi. A 9-2 run in the first part of the second half helped Gzira Gzira Athleta go 42-25 ahead and now they were in charge of the match. Kurt Xuereb did grab a couple of hoops for Depiro but Gzira Gzira Athleta were not going to lose the momentum as they closed off the quarter with another positive run, this time 13-3. The last quarter was quite a formality with Gzira Gzira Athleta continuing to direct the game and even having more baskets from their latest addition 'Mike' Williams as the latter centre player also scored his side's last four hoops of the game.
Starlites: I. Mitrovic 10, R. Carabott 3, A. Schembri 8, M. Falzon 2, A. Felice Pace 8, N. Stankovic 26, J. Formosa 19, I. Felice Pace Hibs: P. Attard 2, M. Hampton, E. Xuereb, L. Farrugia 12, S. Attard 3, I. Bonett, A. Micallef 16, M. Matijevic 11, S. Vella, F. Mariani 12, A. Lizaur 38 Referees: B. Vassallo, C. Farrugia, Z. Dobrosavljevic
Hibs kept their hopes of a play-off spot still alive as they beat Starlites to also get their revenge after they had lost 94-103 against the same opponents in the first round. A very important factor in Hibs' win was their dominance under the boards as they used well their height advantage. The game had a very balanced start with both sides grabbing a series of baskets. Jacob Formosa (188-G-97) was quite 'on fire' in these initial moments for Starlites whilst Hibs had Spaniard Alvaro Lizaur immediately notching the first of his 38 personal points on the day. Hibs started distancing themselves in the latter stages of the first quarter with an 11-4 run as Luke Farrugia (177-PG-97) and Fabrizio Mariani (205-C/F-83) were also precise in their shooting. An 8-2 run immediately at the start of the second quarter continued to help Hibs extend their lead to 35-21. Even though Starlies replied with 9 consecutive points, Hibs still regained their composure with their three tall players doing most of the damage for a 52-39 lead. This margin remained consistent for a good part of the third quarter but in the last minute Hibs had a six point run, through Adrian Micallef (190-F-79) and Lizaur. The latter made his fifth trey of the day early in the fourth quarter as his side opened a 20 point lead and ascertained their second league win with Nikola Stankovic helping Starlites for a better score line with a series of points in the final stages of the game.
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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.
BOV Division 1 Men Top four spots remain unchanged The play-off spots were determined after the last day of the regular season, although nothing really changed in the league standings from last week as the top three remained joint leaders after they all won their games in the weekend. As a result, Cynergi Depiro ended in the top spot on the basis of superiority in the direct encounters between the top three and now will face fourth placed Floriana MCP Car Parks in the best of five semi... [read more]
BOV Division 1 Men
Top four spots remain unchanged
The play-off spots were determined after the last day of the regular season, although nothing really changed in the league standings from last week as the top three remained joint leaders after they all won their games in the weekend.
As a result, Cynergi Depiro ended in the top spot on the basis of superiority in the direct encounters between the top three and now will face fourth placed Floriana MCP Car Parks in the best of five semi-final series whilst neighbour rivals Gzira Athleta and BUPA Luxol will cross swords in the other semi final series commencing in two weeks time.
Gzira Athleta 98 Starlites Naxxar 87 (27-21, 26-19, 27-20, 18-27)
Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 28, R. Vella 8, D. Camilleri 8, M. Williams 15, P. Shoults 11, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 6, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo, J. Whitehead 22 Starlites: I. Mitrovic 22, R. Carabott 15, A. Schembri, M. Falzon 4, A. Felice Pace 3, N. Stankovic 10, J. Formosa 30, I. Felice Pace 3, I. Pace Referees: B. Vassallo, Z. Dobrosavljevic, I. Simic
Gzira Athleta were the first team from the leading pack to play in the weekend and they prevailed comfortably over Starlites in a high scoring encounter, the latter making their last official showing for the season.
Starlites were ably led by Jacob Formosa (188-G-97) and Ivana Mitrovic (96) as this duo shared 52 points between them with Formosa now surely eagerly eyeing his return to Australia next week after signing a contract to immediately play with the Sunbury Jets in the State of Victoria Division One, the tier below the Victoria State Championship.
On the other hand, Gzira Athleta looked always in command and early three point shots from Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) and then David Camilleri (SG) and Roderick Vella (180-PG-85) gave them an early lead. Their skipper Michael Naudi came more into the offensive picture in the second quarter on his way to a team high of 28 personal points whilst the latest import addition, British centre Morakinyo Williams (213-C-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances), used his height advantage under the opponents' boards to further help his side to clearly win the rebounds game, a total of 53 to 20, including 23 offensive rebounds.
The margin between the two sides extended to over 20 points as Gzira Athleta set off the second half with a 8-0 run and then play became more open on the court, with points, including a number of treys, raining in consistently at both ends with Starlites closing with a very good 54% in 24 attempts from the long distance.
The last minutes of the game had a number of bench players having the opportunity to get in some playing time.
Hibs: P. Attard, M. Hampton, L. Farrugia 10, S. Attard, I. Bonett 2, A. Micallef 15, M. Matijevic 13, S. Vella, F. Mariani 9, A. Lizaur 6 Luxol: M. Mercieca 4, D. Meli, J. Maistre Melillo 2, JP Schembri 11, K. Dimech, W. Ahlberg 27, P. Cumpstone 23, S. Deguara 43, S. Cappello 8 Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic
BUPA Luxol closed off the regular season with an easy win over Hibernians who were making their last showing for the season.
Samuel Deguara (223-C-91)'s towering presence was again the main determinant as Luxol did not waste much time to take the lead, helped also with the return on Swede William Ahlberg (91) who had a good shooting had on the day netting six treys.
Hibs did have an encouraging start with a couple of early hoops but Deguara soon started making his presence felt after guardJean Paul Schembri had embarked with nine consecutive personal points.
Luxol extended clearly their lead in the second quarter with import player Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) netting a series of baskets and there was a hefty 35 point margin between the sides at the interval, 62-27.
The third quarter was again dominated by Luxol with Deguara clearing the boards at both ends and then a number of bench players were utilised in the last quarter by both teams. Hibs bowed out from their first season, after many years, in the top division with a significant honour, the BOV KO, whilst Luxol managed to surpass the century mark in this game.
Floriana MCP Car Parks 61 Cynergi Depiro 73 (17-24, 10-23, 12-14, 22-12)
Floriana: C. Patus, S. Pace 10, S. Borg 2, N. Vasovic 25, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 13, N. Andrejevic 9 Depiro: D. Bugeja 9, R. Bonnici 4, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 5, D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell), T. Zammit, M. Mallia 4, A. Quiros 8, K. Xuereb 5, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 38 Referees: E. Mangani, S. Micallef, C. Farrugia
These two play-off sides tipped off already knowing the outcome from Gzira Athleta's and Luxol's games. The end result, a win for Cynergi Depiro who were also 20 points up at half time, meant that the standings remain unchanged and the same two sides will meet in one of the semi-final series in a few days time.
Both sides opted to rest an import player but Depiro still had an extra import to rely on and he did somewhat make a significant difference in the game. In fact, Floriana played without their Canadian Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) whilst Depiro also rested their American centre D.J. Mason but had fellow American Dominic Scafidi (196-F) playing his best match this season and netting a high 38 personal points.
The first minutes were balanced with Floriana having a momentary lead after treys from Nikola Vasovic and Shaun Pace but gradually Depiro took command of the game and a 16-2 run, early in the second quarter, put them clearly on the driving seat.
Buoyed by a large lead, Depiro controlled the tempo in the second half although Floriana did manage to decrease the margin to a more respectable score line.
Play-Offs Semi-finals series (best of 5) Cynergi Depiro vs Floriana MCP Car Parks Gzira Athleta vs BUPA Luxol
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