Ath­leta now on two wins

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Mel­lieha Tri­tones 49 Gzira Ath­leta 62 (8-6, 14-17, 12-20, 15-19)

It was Mel­lieha’s first league match but they had to bow to Ath­leta for the se­cond time this sea­son af­ter hav­ing been beaten in the Shield fi­nal.

Ath­leta made back to back league wins af­ter their ini­tial vic­tory over Star­lites. The two sides were locked till half­way through the third ses­sion of play but then Ath­leta broke for­ward leav­ing their ad­ver­saries be­hind. Mel­lieha were never in the hunt af­ter that with Ath­leta regis­ter­ing a very com­fort­able vic­tory.

Mel­lieha in­cluded a new for­eigner a fel­low Lat­vian to Ri­hards Po­lis. Ja­nis Vibe is not ex­actly a new face as he had played for Depiro some time back but he is play­ing once more.

Clint Grixti was play­ing his first match of the sea­son and Ian Curmi was on the team list but ended up guid­ing the side in the ab­sence of coach Don Ross. The ab­sen­tees were Emanuel Lupo hav­ing been mar­ried just last week and John Mus­cat. Ath­leta also had an­other for­eigner the Ital­ian Ni­colo' Petrucci.

There was a slow start to the game with Ath­leta twice go­ing in front but then Mel­lieha also man­aged two leads till the end of the ses­sion with Robert Lo­porto their main man.

In the next pe­riod Mel­lieha en­hanced their ad­van­tage as Po­lis net­ted a triple but Kwame Thomp­son be­gan to pick up his points for Ath­leta as his side made up a 10-0 run with a trey from the Amer­i­can.

Mel­lieha went on level terms as Ian Ter­ri­ble sank a triple but till the in­ter­val Mike Giusti points had Ath­leta on a slim ad­van­tage even if Lo­porto net­ted a Mel­lieha trey. Half­time score at 23-22.

Af­ter the break, Mel­lieha were back as they twice went in front but Ath­leta be­gan to show their worth. They be­gan with a 9-0 run from Francesco Mifsud Bon­nici and Thomp­son to storm ahead. Mel­lieha went a hoop be­hind as Ter­ri­bile sank his se­cond trey. A 70 run till the end of the ses­sion with an­other Thomp­son triple had Ath­leta drift­ing away to a 43-34 ad­van­tage.

Two more hoops in the last pe­riod ex­tended Ath­leta’s lead. Mel­lieha re­acted with Vibe points to creep closer but an­other 7-0 run with a Giusti triple opened up Ath­leta's ad­van­tage.

Mel­lieha net­ted a cou­ple of hoops but Ath­leta came up with yet an­other 7-0 per­sonal Thomp­son run and Mel­lieha were def­i­nitely out of the reck­on­ing. They did re­duce their deficit but the end of the match saw them still at a dis­tance.

Mel­lieha: R. Po­lis 10, M. Far­ru­gia 6, R. Lo­porto 15, J. Vibe 6, I. Ter­ri­bile 7, B. Aquilina, D. Miani 3, C. Grixti, B. Sole 2

Ath­leta: J. Sym­mons 2, F. Mifsud Bon­nici 9, J. Wait 2, J. Aquilina 2, L. Ste­fanovic 2, M. Gauci Mon­taldo, M. Giusti 11, K. Thomp­son 32, K. Schem­bri, S. Vin­cic, M. Cilia 2, N. Petrucci Ref­er­ees: Z. Do­brosavl­je­vic, I. Mar­janovic

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