First league vic­tory for Sig­giewi

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Star­lites Naxxar 29 Sig­giewi St. Ni­cholas 66 (4-17, 12-14, 8-17, 5-18)

Both sides had lost their open­ing league matches and it was Sig­giewi who re­cu­per­ated to post their first win whilst Star­lites were suf­fer­ing their se­cond con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

A good open­ing gave Sig­giewi the fil­lip they needed to take the game into their stride and never al­low­ing their op­po­nents to creep nearer as they won all four ses­sions of play.

The young Star­lites out­fit have started from scratch with play­ers be­ing up­graded from ju­nior strings and the go­ing is cer­tainly tough for them.

On the other hand, Sig­giewi were re­plete with ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who kept press­ing their su­pe­ri­or­ity as time went on.

Star­lites had Alex Cu­ta­jar and Matthew Far­ru­gia in the side in lieu of Owen Psaila and Adam Vella Car­dona. Sig­giewi also had new faces in their side. Nello Xuereb was back af­ter miss­ing a cou­ple of sea­sons with a good per­for­mance. Reno Camil­leri was mak­ing his first start of the sea­son and the Ser­bian Slavko Opo­jevlic was back af­ter his In­de­pen­dence Cup games.

Sig­giewi quickly raced into a solid 15-0 ad­van­tage as Xuereb nailed a brace of triples and Keith Sci­cluna and Hu­bert Agius added more hoops. Star­lites man­aged a cou­ple of hoops with Sci­cluna again net­ting in be­tween.

In the se­cond pe­riod the play was some­what bal­anced. Luca Vella net­ted a Star­lites trey and Chris Dou­blet put in two hoops but Sig­giewi had an­swers in Xuereb and Gabriel Agius hoops to keep their side on a sound ad­van­tage till the in­ter­val when Sig­giewi were on a hand­some 3116 lead.

Af­ter the break, it was Sci­cluna yet again to tor­ment the Star­lites de­fence. Alex Cu­ta­jar man­aged a brace of bas­kets for Star­lites and Vella net­ted an­other triple but Sig­giewi ended the ses­sion an an 8-0 run with a Robert Camil­leri trey tak­ing his side to a bet­ter 4824 lead.

In the last quar­ter, Star­lites were hit once more as Sig­giewi be­gan with a good 12-2 run with Sci­cluna and Jake Carter hoops. Star­lites were only limited to a few more points as Reno Camil­leri also put in his name on the score­sheet for Sig­giewi with his side end­ing with a wide mar­gin of vic­tory.

Star­lites: M. Az­zopardi 2, L. Vella 8, C. Dou­blet 7, M. Vella, I. Pace 2, M. Schem­bri 2, A. Xuereb, A. Cu­ta­jar, Q. Bugeja 2, A. Cu­ta­jar 6, M. Far­ru­gia

Sig­giewi: J. Carter 4, JP An­ton­cic 1, K., Sci­cluna 22, N. Xuereb 12, H. Agius 4, G. Agius 6, S. Opo­jevlic, R. Camil­leri 4, Re. Camil­leri 4, J. Camil­leri 6, C. Bezzina 4 Ref­er­ees: Z. Do­brosavl­je­vic, I.


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