Open­ing league win for Mel­lieha Tri­tones

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Star­lites Naxxar 18 Mel­lieha Tri­tones 67 (7-13, 2-22, 7-14, 2-18)

Both sides were look­ing for their open­ing league vic­tory and this de­ci­sively went Mel­lieha’s way with a run­away win in their sec­ond match whilst Star­lites were suf­fer­ing their third league de­feat.

Star­lites had Bar­thet for the first time this sea­son and Adam Car­dona Vella made a reap­pear­ance.

For Mel­lieha Ian Curmi this time went on court in­stead of just guid­ing the side from the bench and Emanuel Lupo was back af­ter his mar­riage in the Mel­lieha ranks.

Ian Ter­ri­bile started Mel­lieha off with his brace of hoops. Alex Cu­ta­jar sank a Star­lites triple but Lupo gave Mel­lieha a bet­ter ad­van­tage with both sides mak­ing some more points till the end of the ses­sion.

The next ses­sion wa sa dis­as­trous one for Star­lites who just couldn’t get go­ing. Mel­lieha be­gan to pile up the points with Ben Aquilina and Ja­nis Vibe putting in their hoops and Ri­hards Po­lis net­ting two late triples in a solid 22-0 run.

Star­lites man­aged their only hoop very late in the pe­riod as the two sides went into the in­ter­val with Mel­lieha en­joy­ing a heavy 35-9 ad­van­tage.

Af­ter the break, Star­lites did re­act to Mel­lieha’s next points but they fell prey once more to a 10-0 Mel­lieha run as Aquilina was dom­i­nant in the paint. Late points by Aaron Cu­ta­jar hiked up the Star­lites score a lit­tle but they were still far be­hind on an ad­verse 16-49 score.

The last ses­sion was nearly a car­bon copy of the sec­ond one with Star­lites suf­fer­ing once more at the Mel­lieha boys’ hands. This time it was a 16-0 run shared be­tween five play­ers. Again Star­lites made a late hoop by Quin­ton Bugeja with Robert Lo­porto net­ting the last bas­ket of the en­counter for Mel­lieha.

Star­lites: A. Bar­thet, M. Az­zopardi 3, L. Vella 2, C. Dou­blet 2, M. Schem­bri, I. Pace, A. Car­dona Vella, A. Xuereb, A. Cu­ta­jar 4, Q. Bugeja 2, A. Cu­ta­jar 3. M. Far­ru­gia 2 Mel­lieha: R. Po­lis 6, M. Far­ru­gia, R. Lo­porto 13, J. Mus­cat, C. Grixti 6, I. Ter­ri­bile 8, B. Aquilina 13, D. Miani, J. Vibe 9, B. Soler 4, I. Curmi Ref­er­ees: I. Mar­janovic, D. Scafidi

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