Over­time win for Mar­vels

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Sig­giewi St. Ni­cholas46

Mar­vels Power Plus 53

(after over­time)

(2-3, 13-7, 12-20, 17-14) - (2-9)

The start of the match didn’t prom­ise much with both sets of play­ers find­ing great difficulty in ob­tain­ing points but then grad­u­ally it de­vel­oped in an in­trigu­ing match which had to go into over­time be­fore Mar­vels fi­nally could start off their league march with a vic­tory.

The Sig­giewi duo Hu­bert Agius and Keith Sci­cluna tried hard but they couldn’t pre­vent their side from a de­feat.

Sig­giewi had their ab­sen­tees the Pole Kamil Maruda, Gareth Cu­ta­jar and they still await the start of their Span­ish im­port David Gar­cia. Mar­vels had Matthew Fenech in lieu of Mel­chior For­mosa.

Clay­ton Ca­men­zuli ob­tained the first pal­try points for Mar­vels in the open­ing ses­sion with Sig­giewi leav­ing it till very late as Hu­bert Agius net­ted his first hoop right at the end of the ses­sion.

In the next pe­riod, the game be­gan to pick up. Mar­vels’ Luke Az­zopardi and Sig­giewi’s Sci­cluna both sank triples. Mar­vels fell away some­what at this time with Sig­giewi thrust­ing for­ward and mak­ing up a long 10-2 run mainly from Agius and Sci­cluna to hold a low 15-10 ad­van­tage at the in­ter­val.

After the break, Mar­vels be­gan to come into their own. They first went a hoop be­hind and after a Sig­giewi re­ac­tion, Mar­vels made up a 7-0 run to step in front.

Hu­bert Agius points had Sig­giewi on a tied score with Mar­vels again tak­ing an­other ad­van­tage. A Robert Alosco triple had Sig­giewi nearer but Az­zopardi’s hoops had Mar­vels on a 30-27 lead.

In the last pe­riod, Mar­vels ex­tended their lead only for Sig­giewi to respond with an 8-1 run grab­bing a sin­gle point ad­van­tage.

The lead then changed hands four more times be­fore a late surge had Sig­giewi tak­ing a late lead. Az­zopardi’s free shot for Mar­vels took the match into over­time on a 44-44 score.

Mar­vels were the bet­ter side lim­it­ing their op­po­nents to a sin­gle hoop as they opened up a win­ning ad­van­tage with Jonathan Rans­ley mak­ing sure of the result with his last points.

Sig­giewi: J. Carter, JP An­ton­cic 1, K., Sci­cluna 12, H. Agius 20, G. Agius 3, R, Alosco 8, R. Camil­leri 2, C. Bezzina, M. Ciantar

Mar­vels: L. Az­zopardi 8, L. Galea, D. Pisani 9, R. Curmi 5, D. De­bat­tista 8, C. Ca­men­zuli 3, C. Briffa 8, M. Fenech, J. Rans­ley 12, K. Ma­gri

Ref­er­ees: E. Man­gani, I, Mar­janovic

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