Fourth straight league vic­tory for Ath­leta

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Ath­leta: Sig­giewi: Ref­er­ees:

Gzira Ath­leta 62 Sig­giewi St. Ni­cholas 49 (17-10, 23-16, 10-9, 12-14)

Ath­leta kept on their win­ning streak ob­tain­ing their fourth con­sec­u­tive league vic­tory, this time against Sig­giewi.

The main dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides and against all the other sides for that mat­ter is Ath­leta’s ver­sa­tile Amer­i­can player Kwame Thompson who is a lux­ury for this cat­e­gory of play.

In ev­ery match that Ath­leta played it was his points which sep­a­rated his side from their ad­ver­saries. For this match Ath­leta re­cov­ered Stefan Vin­cic. Sig­giewi had Jean Paul An­ton­cic and Jonathan Camil­leri miss­ing but in­tro­duced a new for­eigner, the Greek Kon­stantin Ar­van­itekis, a ro­bust player who is not averse to mix­ing it in the paint. Two of their play­ers also stayed on the bench for the du­ra­tion of the match Roberto Alosco and Reno Camil­leri.

Ath­leta’s open­ing two hoops had Sig­giewi with a ready re­ply to go 6-4 ahead. Ath­leta be­gan to take con­trol mak­ing up an 8-0 run as Thompson’s hoops be­gan to fall in. There was a re­ac­tion from Sig­giewi but Stefan Vin­cic sank a last sec­ond triple to in­crease Ath­leta’s ad­van­tage.

In the next pe­riod, both sides upped their tempo but Ath­leta al­ways seemed in con­trol. Sig­giewi man­aged an 8-2 run mainly from free throws but Ath­leta came up with a cou­ple of treys from Thompson and Vin­cic as their lead kept on in­creas­ing till the in­ter­val when Sig­giewi had fallen 26-40 be­hind.

After the break, Sig­giewi’s ini­tial spurt faded away as Ath­leta again found means to neu­tralise their op­po­nents. A late Sig­giewi thrust had Thompson ral­ly­ing his side with an­other triple for a heavy 50-35 ad­van­tage.

Ath­leta kept on in the­fi­anl ses­sion putting in a 7-2 run with a Luca Ste­fanovic trey. Sig­giewi made a de­ter­mined ef­fort which had them mak­ing up a good 120 run from Ar­van­itekis and Slavko Ope­jevlic but they couldn’t get near enough with late Thompson points again open­ing up Ath­leta’s ad­van­tage.

J. Sym­mons, F. Mif­sud Bon­nici 6, J. Wait 2, J. Aquilina 6, L. Ste­fanovic 5, M. Gauci Mon­taldo 2, M. Giusti 4, K. Thompson 28, N. Petrucci, S. Vin­cic 7, M. Cilia 2, D. Buha­giar

L. Grech 4, K., Sci­cluna 6, N. Xuereb, H. Agius 14, G. Agius 6, R. Alosco, S. Opo­jevlic 7, R. Camil­leri 2, Re. Camil­leri, K. Ar­van­itekis 10

S. Mi­callef, I. Mar­janovic

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