Luxol stroll past young Star­lites out­fit

Bas­ket­ball - St. James Hos­pi­tal Shield - Men 1 Div.

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Wil­lie Vas­sallo

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

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