Star­lites vic­tory not enough for a semi fi­nal place

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Cyn­ergi Depiro 69 Star­lites Naxxar 80 (16-25, 18-17, 28-17, 7-21)

Star­lites had a tall or­der in front of them, hav­ing to win by an eigh­teen point mar­gin. They tried their best, and man­aged a win, but their tally fell short. They still must be very sat­is­fied with their per­for­mance, which makes them a tough nut to crack, for all teams in their cat­e­gory.

A good Depiro start had them in front, un­til Star­lites re­acted well, to post an 11-0 run, with triples from Thomas Grech and Ivan Mitro­vic. A Depiro brace of hoops had them a bas­ket be­hind, but Star­lites were back with an­other 8-0 run, to open up a good ad­van­tage, de­spite late Do­minic Scafidi points for Depiro. In the next pe­riod Mitro­vic sank an­other Star­lites trey, with sa­muel Zam­mit re­ply­ing for Depiro with his hoops. An­drew aquilina also net­ted a triple, but Star­lites still held on to a good mar­gin of deficit. At the in­ter­val they were lead­ing 42-34.

Af­ter the break Grech quickly sank an­other triple for Star­lites but Depiro re­sponded with a 9-0 run to tie the score. The score was on a par three more times, with Depiro twice in front. The lat­ter then put in a 7-0 run with Sa­muel Zam­mit points, and a triple. Stralites re­duced their deficit till the end of the ses­sion, as Mitro­vic con­verted a late trey, which took them 59-62 be­hind. Mitro­vic and An­thony Schem­bri net­ted two more treys, and Star­lites were in the driv­ing seat. An 8-0 run opened up their ad­van­tage nicely, with Depiro un­able to get back within the dis­tance. A fur­ther Mitro­vic triple had Star­lites on a dou­ble fig­ure ad­van­tage at the end.

Depiro: J. At­tard, D. Bugeja 8, R. Bon­nici 6, D. Schem­bri 6, A. Aquilina 9, S. Zam­mit 15, T. Zam­mit, M. Mal­lia, A. Quiros, N. Grech, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 25

Star­lites: I. Mitro­vic 19, L. Vella, A. Schem­bri 3, M. Fal­zon 6, A. Felice Pace 8, Z. Stankovic, J. For­mosa 18, N. Stankovic 11, T. Grech 15 Ref­er­ees: B. Vas­sallo, Z. Do­brosavl­je­vic, C. Far­ru­gia

Flo­ri­ana come­back nearly suc­cess­ful

Gzira Ath­leta 85 Flo­ri­ana MCP Car Parks 84 (17-15, 15-18, 27-19, 26-32)

The two sides were al­ready as­sured of a place in the semis, but there needed to be a Pool win­ner. Ath­leta emerged win­ners, but a hand­some ad­van­tage, mid­way through the last quar­ter, was nearly wiped out by a late Flo­ri­ana surge, which had only a point sep­a­rat­ing the two sides at the end.

Truth to say that the Flo­ri­ana re­ac­tions to the of­fi­cials' de­ci­sions cost them the match, as they awarded a num­ber of free throws, in tech­ni­cal fouls, to their op­po­nents, which cost them dearly at the end.

Flo­ri­ana had Abra­ham Portelli miss­ing, but Dirk Schem­bri made a come­back, af­ter miss­ing a whole sea­son, and played his part.

Ath­leta raced away to a 10-0 ad­van­tage, from Michael Naudi and Josia White­head, but the Greens re­acted solidly, to tie the score with a 12-2 run, mainly from an in form Clay­ton Calleja.

Ath­leta were back ahead, with a David Camil­leri triple, with Sean Borg free shots tak­ing Flo­ri­ana nearer.

Atheleta con­sol­i­dated their ad­van­tage, as Peter Shoults net­ted a brace of triples, with Flo­ri­ana's Vaso­vic los­ing his cool, and ended up out of the match, with two tech­ni­cal fouls against him.

Flo­ri­ana's next points had a sec­ond Camil­leri trey against them, as Ath­leta held a max­i­mum ad­van­tage, at 78-65.

Af­ter this re­mark­able match the semi fi­nal lineup was com­plete, with Ath­leta meet­ing Depiro, and Luxol play­ing against Flo­ri­ana.

Ath­leta: M. Naudi 23, R. Vella 17, D. Camil­leri 6, L. Ste­fanovic, P. Shoults 8, F. Mif­sud Bon­nici, B. Zam­mit 7, S. Vin­cic, M. Gauci Mon­taldo, J. White­head 24

Flo­ri­ana: C. Pa­tus 25, S. Pace 10, D. Schem­bri 4, S. Borg 8, N. Vaso­vic 13, C. Calleja 14, A. Ax­iaq 6, N. An­dree­je­vic 3

Ref­er­ees: G. Bar­bara, E. Man­gani, T. He­le­nius

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