Mar­vels go into sole sec­ond po­si­tion with win over Mel­lieha

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Mar­vels Power Plus 55 Mel­lieha Tri­tones 48 (12-13 22-8 7-7 14-20)

Both sides went into this match on a win and de­feat each. It was Mar­vels who strode for­ward with their sec­ond league vic­tory leav­ing Mel­lieha in their wake.

An im­por­tant cap­ture by Mar­vels was the re­turn to play of Steve Sam­mut who boosted the side for their fu­ture matches. Mel­lieha now un­der the guid­ance of Ian Curmi just like last sea­son were miss­ing Robert Lo­porto who was abroad.

At the start it was Mel­lieha who twice went in front with their op­po­nents keep­ing close in touch. A brace of hoops from Clint Grixti ex­tended Mel­lieha’s ad­van­tage with Mar­vels again go­ing to within a point with two late hoops from Chris­tian Briffa and Jonathan Rans­ley, their two tall for­wards. In the next ses­sion, Mar­vels were in con­trol with Mel­lieha hav­ing a dis­mal time in this pe­riod. A 12-0 Mar­vels run with a cou­ple of triples from Dar­ren De­bat­tista pro­pelled Mar­vels for­ward.

Mel­lieha’s re­ply came from a Ri­hards Po­lis trey but Mar­vels were back with an­other 10-2 run and more triples by Sam­mut and David Gar­cia.

Late free throws only inched Mel­lieha for­ward and at the in­ter­val, Mar­vels were on a solid 34-21 ad­van­tage.

After the break, there was a dearth of points with both sides shar­ing 14 points be­tween them­selves.

Play fluc­tu­ated at ei­ther end but Mar­vels held on to their com­fort­able lead go­ing into the last quar­ter this time on a 41-28 ad­van­tage.

In the last pe­riod, the points picked up once more. It was Rans­ley who led the Mar­vels at­tack with Gar­cia also nail­ing an­other triple.

At the other end the re­ac­tion came from Po­lis and a lit­tle help from Ian Ter­ri­bile.

Po­lis found his shoot­ing touch putting in a trio of treys with three more hoops and Ter­ri­bile pro­vided the free shots.

Mel­lieha gained ground but not enough to make a de­ter­mined ef­fort to take some­thing from the en­counter as Mar­vels stayed in sec­ond po­si­tion in the stand­ings.

L. Az­zopardi 2, D. Massa, D. Pisani, R. Curmi, D. De­bat­tista 7, C. Ca­men­zuli 2, D. Gar­cia 10, C. Briffa 10, S. Sam­mut 8, J. Rans­ley 14, A. Toom­pere 2

R. Po­lis 22, M. Far­ru­gia, J. Vibes 4, J. Mus­cat 1, C. Grixti 4, I. Ter­ri­bile 11, B. Aquilina, E. Lupo 5, B. Soler 1

Z. Do­brosavl­je­vic, I. Mar­janovic

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