Ath­leta in the semis, with Flo­ri­ana

Depiro leave Pool 2 wide open

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Wil­lie Vas­sallo

net­ting four hoops which still kept his side in a com­mand­ing lead till the end of the en­counter.

Hibs: P. At­tard 1, M. Mati­je­vic, M. Hamp­ton, L. Far­ru­gia 12, S. At­tard 6, I. Bonett 13, K. Caru­ana 7, R. Carabott 3, S. Vella, F. Mar­i­ani 2, A. Lizaur 12

Ath­leta: M. Naudi 19, R. Vella 8, D. Camil­leri 2, L. Ste­fanovic, P. Shoults 7, F. Mif­sud Bon­nici, B. Zam­mit 6, S. Vin­cic, M. Gauci Mon­taldo, J. White­head 29

Ref­er­ees: B. Vas­sallo, T. He­le­nius, K. Djordiczak

Bupa Luxol Cyn­ergi Depiro (12-11, 17-18, 14-29) 68 73

Luxol had al­ready beaten Star­lites but they came a crop­per in their match with Depiro with the two sides now hav­ing a win but with Star­lites still in con­tention as a vic­tory over Depiro will mean bas­ket dif­fer­ence be­tween the three teams.

Luxol were with­out Dean Meli and with Depiro hav­ing Ni­cholas Grech in lieu of Kurt Xuereb. There was noth­ing be­tween the two sides till the in­ter­val but the sec­ond part of the match tipped the scales in favour of Depiro who ob­tained a win­ning ad­van­tage. Luxol came back too late to save the match and were a few points shy at the end.

It was Depiro with the bet­ter start mak­ing up a 10-2 run mainly from Robert Bon­nici also with a triple. Luxol over­turned the match and till the end of the pe­riod they had gone ahead on a mere point ad­van­tage with a 10-1 run and a CJ Cor­dina trey along with suc­ces­sive Pierce Cump­stone points.

In the next ses­sion, Luxol went fur­ther in front as JP Schem­bri net­ted his triple. Depiro re­tal­i­ated well mak­ing up an 8-0 run to grab a lead. Luxol man­aged to tie the score and a Cor­dina triple shot them in front. Depiro per­se­vered and Sa­muel Zam­mit was on hand to level the score with a last sec­ond trey at 29-29 go­ing into the in­ter­val.

Af­ter the break, both sides recorded treys - An­drew Aquilina for Depiro and Cump­stone at the other end. The lead changed hands twice more be­fore Depiro took a grip on the match ob­tain­ing a solid 15-4 run as Ti­mothy Zam­mit and Aquilina made triples.

Luxol had no tan­gi­ble re­ply and Depiro fin­ished off the ses­sion with an 8-2 run and David Bugeja free throws to mark up a sound 58-43 ad­van­tage.

In the last quar­ter, Depiro held off their op­po­nents with more Bugeja hoops un­til Cump­stone net­ted a brace of triples for the Vi­o­lets. Do­minic Scafidi also made a triple for Depiro but Luxol pressed hotly and put in a late 132 run with an­other Cump­stone trey but this spurt came too late as time ran out on Luxol leav­ing Depiro to savour their vic­tory.

Luxol: CJ Cor­dina 15, M. Mer­cieca 6, J. Wil­loughby 2, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schem­bri 5, K. Dimech 5, W. Ahlberg , P. Cump­stone 31, S. Cap­pello 4

Depiro: J. At­tard, D. Bugeja 21, R. Bon­nici 20, D. Schem­bri 2, A. Aquilina 6, S. Zam­mit 9, T. Zam­mit 7, M. Mal­lia, A. Quiros, N. Grech, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 8

Ref­er­ees: G. Bar­bara, E. Man­gani, Z. Do­brosavl­je­vic

Pho­to­graph: Jonathan Borg

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