Luxol stroll past young Starlites outfit
Basketball - St. James Hospital Shield - Men 1 Div.
Starlites Naxxar 51 Bupa Luxol 82 (16-24, 11-21, 10-13, 14-24)
Starlites had beaten Luxol in an Independence Cup match, on reduced time, but this time the boot was on the other foot, as the Violets swept past their adversaries in a determined manner.
Starlites fell further behind with every passing session, leaving Luxol with more than a handsome victory.
Maybe more was expected form the youthful Starlites side, who had a couple of players on their off day.
They did include three Serbian players, but it was Ivan Mitrovic who made an impact, but he was eclipsed by the strong presence of the Luxol American, Pierce Cumpstone, along with a brace of local players.
After a rather quiet start, with some balanced play, Luxol began their stride towards victory, as Marco Mercieca and Cumpstone made their treys, with Starlites' Mitrovic netting one in between.
Mitrovic added another soon afterwards, but Luxol held on to their advantage, with a brace of JP Schembri triples enhancing their lead.
In the second period Luxol consolidated their advantage with an early 7-0 run, and a third Schembri trey.
More Mitrovic points, and another trey, were not enough to halt the Violets' march, as Cumpstone also sank another trey. Free shots, late in the session, had Luxol on a better lead, at the interval, with a solid 45-27 score.
After the break Starlites seemed to make a better match of it, but they were halted with another Schembri triple.
Mitrovic points found a Luxol reply, late in the session, through Cumpstone and Keith Dimech, as the Violets led 58-37, with a last period to be played.
When Cumstone and Dimech combined again, with an 8-2 run, the writing was on the wall for Starlites.
Mitrovic did sink another trey for Starlites, but their defence fell apart, and Luxol could add on with frequent hoops, which gave them a more resounding victory.
Starlites: I. Mitrovic 22, M. Vella, L. Vella, A. Schembri 3, C. Schembri, M. Falzon 5, A. Felice Pace 5, Z. Stankovic, J. Formosa 8, N. Stankovic 8, Q. Bugeja
Luxol: CJ Cordina 2, M. Mercieca 15, J. Willoughby 6, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 15, K. Dimech 15, W. Ahlberg, P. Cumpstone 28, D. Meli, S. Cappello 4 Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, S. Micallef