Hold­ers Gzira Ath­leta drawn to meet Cyn­ergi Depiro in quar­ter­fi­nals

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Henry Brin­cat

Hold­ers Gzira Ath­leta were drawn to meet Cyn­ergi Depiro in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion. The draws for the men’s first and sec­ond divi­sion com­pe­ti­tions were made yes­ter­day morn­ing at the Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion head­quar­ters at Ta’ Qali by the MBA pres­i­dent Paul Sul­tana and Peter Perotti, Bank of Val­letta Chief Of­fi­cer, Per­sonal Bank­ing at Bank of Val­letta.

Div I KO

Six teams will be tak­ing part in the first divi­sion com­pe­ti­tion, thus an­other quar­ter­fi­nal is needed. This re­sulted to be a clash be­tween Hiber­ni­ans and BUPA Luxol. The two quar­ter­fi­nals are to be played on 13 Novem­ber. The com­pe­ti­tion will then con­tinue on 8 Jan­uary with the semi­fi­nals. In the first match, Star­lites Naxxar will be fac­ing the win­ners of the Hiber­ni­an­sBUPA Luxol clash, while Flo­ri­ana MCP Car Parks will be play­ing against the win­ners of the clash be­tween Gzira Ath­leta and Cyn­ergi Depiro. The fi­nal is sched­uled to be played on 29 Jan­uary.

Div II KO

The only quar­ter­fi­nal of the sec­ond divi­sion com­pe­ti­tion will see Mar­vels Power Plus meet­ing Gzira Ath­leta on 17 Novem­ber. The semi­fi­nals are to be played as fol­lows: Mel­lieha Tri­tones Mr Green-Sig­giewi St Ni­cholas on 19 Novem­ber and Star­liteswin­ner of quar­ter­fi­nal the day after. The fi­nal is sched­uled to be played on 18 De­cem­ber. The MBA pres­i­dent, Paul Sul­tana, thanked the Bank, es­pe­cially Mr Perotti, whole­heart­edly, for its con­tin­ued sup­port of the game and the as­so­ci­a­tion through­out all th­ese years. He said: “They have contributed to­wards the over­all im­prove­ment of sport in gen­eral in no small mea­sure. Without their sup­port, I won­der what would have hap­pened to lo­cal sport.” He added that the two com­pe­ti­tions were this year be­ing held ear­lier than usual to en­hance their im­por­tance as the KO is the sec­ond most pres­ti­gious ti­tle. Sul­tana also re­vealed yes­ter­day that as from next sea­son, a new team could be play­ing in the sec­ond divi­sion. “This will con­sist of for­eign­ers res­i­dent in Malta who are train­ing at Ta’ Qali and some of whom have been no­ticed to have some re­ally good tal­ent.” More­over, he also said that the youth acad­e­mies are also mak­ing good progress un­der coaches San­dro Far­ru­gia, Sil­via Gam­bino, Kris­tan Bal­dacchino, Reuben Bal­dacchino and Karl Borg. “Sev­eral tal­ented young­sters are emerg­ing from th­ese acad­e­mies and some are al­ready play­ing in the first divi­sion,” he said. Perotti said: “We have al­ready wit­nessed a num­ber of hard­fought matches this sea­son and we are con­fi­dent that the level of com­pet­i­tive­ness will con­tinue to im­prove in the KO com­pe­ti­tions. Such matches are sure to get the best of all teams be­cause to move for­ward they have to show their best to se­cure the ti­tle.” He also ap­pealed for more sup­port from in­di­vid­ual firms for the game of bas­ket­ball and the as­so­ci­a­tion. “To con­tinue sup­port­ing such an im­por­tant game alone is dif­fi­cult. I think there should be oth­ers help­ing out, al­though some are al­ready help­ing the clubs in­di­vid­u­ally. There needs to be a strong in­vest­ment for any­one to be able to reap suc­cess,” he said.

BOV Chief Of­fi­cer Peter Perotti and MBA Pres­i­dent Paul Sul­tana dur­ing the draws Photo: BOV

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