Ath­leta march on, with their third league win

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Wil­lie Vas­sallo

Mar­vels Power Plus 54 Gzira Ath­leta 82 (12-27, 17-17, 18-16, 7-22)

Both sides had made good starts to their re­spec­tive league cam­paigns but nit was Ath­leta who kept up their win­ning streak with a third league vic­tory adding Mar­vels’ scalp to Star­lites and Mel­lieha.

A strong start to the match boosted Ath­leta’s per­for­mance and though Mar­vels then shared the next two ses­sions with their op­po­nents they still had a hill to climb.

They didn’t make it and Ath­leta dom­i­nated once more in the lat­ter stages of the game to end up with a very com­fort­able vic­tory.

Mar­vels had the Spa­niard David Gar­cia for the first time this sea­son and the Finn An­dres Toom­pere was back af­ter the open­ing match of the sea­son. They also had young Daniel Massa on the bench.

Mar­vels led twice at teh start and then drew level af­ter a Luca Ste­fanovic trey for Ath­leta who then made up a 7-0 run with Kwame Thomp­son and Ste­fanovic points. Chris­tian Briffa replied for Mar­vels but Ath­leta made up a 9-2 run with more Thomp­son points and a sec­ond Ste­fanovic trey with Thomp­son tak­ing Ath­leta’s ad­van­tage fur­ther till the end of the pe­riod.

The sec­ond ses­sion was evenly matched. It was Mar­vels with the triples, this time from Luke Az­zopardi, and a brace from Gar­cia but Ath­leta had Francesco Mif­sud Bon­nici and Thomp­son to an­swer for them till the in­ter­val when Atrhleta’s ad­van­tage did not di­min­ish. Score at 44-29.

Af­ter the break, it was Ath­leta with the bet­ter start putting in an 82 run with an­other Ste­fanovic trey. This time there was a good Mar­vels re­ac­tion with a solid 11-0 run and Az­zopardi points in­clud­ing a cou­ple of triples. Late in the ses­sion, Ath­leta ral­lied with treys from Ste­fanovic and Kwame as their side en­joyed a 60-47 ad­van­tage.

In the last quar­ter, Toom­pere and Gar­cia sank triples for Mar­vels but their ef­forts came to nil as Ath­leta took com­mand once again mak­ing up a long 20-1 run which took them to the end of the en­counter as Mif­sud Bon­nici and Thomp­son kept mak­ing up more points.

Mar­vels: L. Az­zopardi 12, D. Massa, D. Pisani 5, R. Curmi, D. De­bat­tista 2, C. Ca­men­zuli, D. Gar­cia 11, C. Briffa 15, J. Rans­ley 3, A. Toom­pere 6

Ath­leta: J. Sym­mons, F. Mif­sud Bon­nici 15, J. Wait 2, J. Aquilina 1, L. Ste­fanovic 19, M. Gauci Mon­taldo 1, M. Giusti, K. Thomp­son 43, N. Petrucci, M. Cilia 1, D. Buha­giar

Ref­er­ees: T. He­le­nius, I. Mar­janovic

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