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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
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 

All set for the start of the 2017 Play-Off Series - Mar 14, 2017

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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.

Hibernians 58 BUPA Luxol 118
(18-35, 9-27, 15-32, 16-24)

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 guard Jean 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.

Semi-finals series (best of 5)
Cynergi Depiro vs Floriana MCP Car Parks
Gzira Athleta vs BUPA Luxol


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