Sig­giewi make it to the fi­nal

Malta Independent - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS -

Mel­lieha Tri­tones 37 Sig­giewi St. Ni­cholas 49 (6-7, 16-9, 7-12, 8-21)

The first fi­nal­ists of this com­pe­ti­tion are Sig­giewi as they man­aged to elim­i­nate Mel­lieha in the first match be­tween these two sides this sea­son.

Mel­lieha didn’t last the game well and the ini­tia­tive passed into Sig­giewi’s hands as they dom­i­nated the lat­ter part of the match to end up com­fort­able vic­tors.

Robert Lo­porto was still miss­ing for Mel­lieha along with John Muscat and Emanuel Lupo ended up as a ca­su­alty from their last en­counter to miss the game also.

Sig­giewi ‘s Jean Paul An­ton­cic was still out with his shoul­der in­jury and Keith Sci­cluna in­jured his foot in their last match but Jonathan Camil­leri was re­cov­ered for this game.

The match had a slow start with both sides tak­ing time to open their ac­counts.

Sig­giewi made the open­ing hoop with Mel­lieha re­ply­ing with a three bas­ket spread and a cou­ple of Ri­hards Po­lis hoops. It was left to Roberto Alosco to turn the score around in favour of Sig­giewi as his points with his first triple gave them a slight ad­van­tage.

In the sec­ond pe­riod Kon­stantin Ar­van­itekis en­hanced Sig­giewi’s lead but Mel­lieha over­turned the score.

Hu­bert Agius re­gained Sig­giewi’s ad­van­tage but Mel­lieha came up with an 8-1 run to forge in front.

Bas­kets at ei­ther end had Mel­lieha still ahead on a 22-16 score at the interval.

Af­ter the break, Mel­lieha were still ahead for some time un­til Sig­giewi put in a

9-0 run with a Robert Camil­leri triple.

Mel­lieha an­swered with a brace of hoops to re­gain the lead go­ing into the last ses­sion on a slen­der 29-28 ad­van­tage.

It was Sig­giewi with a storm­ing start as they made up a solid 12-0 run with Agius points along with Alosco’s con­tri­bu­tion and a sec­ond trey.

Mel­lieha were stunned but man­aged a three hoop spread to draw nearer.

Their ef­forts proved fruit­less as Sig­giewi ended the match with a win­ning 9-2 run to leave their op­po­nents trail­ing be­hind as they made their way to the fi­nal.

Mel­lieha: R. Po­lis 6, M. Far­ru­gia 3, C. Grixti 4, J. Vibe 2, I. Ter­ri­bile 3, D. Miani 8, B. Soler 10, I. Curmi 1

Sig­giewi: L. Grech 2, N. Xuereb, H. Agius 14, G. Agius 1, R. Alosco 15, S. Opo­jevlic , R. Camil­leri 5, Re. Camil­leri 3, J. Camil­leri 2, K. Ar­van­itekis 7

Ref­er­ees: S. Mi­callef, I. Mar­janovic

BOV K.O. Men 2 Div. - S/F

Ath­leta dom­i­nate the sec­ond semi­fi­nal

Star­lites Naxxar 49 Gzira Ath­leta 92 (11-21, 12-38, 15-15, 11-18)

Ath­leta only spent a few min­utes grap­pling with their op­po­nents then they took com­mand and pro­ceeded to open up an ad­van­tage which kept get­ting wider till the end of the en­counter.

As long as their ad­ver­saries have no an­swer to Kwame Thomp­son’s ex­ploits for Ath­leta then they are as­cer­tained of con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries till the end of the sea­son. Star­lites pa­raded a new sign­ing, the Ser­bian Alexsander Peruni­cic, who gave a good ac­count of him­self but Ath­leta were still miles in front.

Peruni­cic be­gan with a per­sonal 8-4 run and a triple with Thomp­son also net­ting a trey for Ath­leta who then took off with a long 15-0 run to leave their op­po­nents be­hind.

In the next pe­riod, Mirko Az­zopardi sank a Star­lites trey only for Ath­leta to put in an 11-0 run. Then there were two triples from Luca Ste­fanovic the sec­ond in a solid 20-0 run with more Thomp­son points.

Peruni­cic replied with his two hoops but at the interval Ath­leta were cruis­ing on a heavy 59-23 ad­van­tage.

Af­ter the break, Ath­leta were get­ting their points from the new en­try on court Nic­colo’ Petrucci with Peruni­cic mak­ing more points at the other end for Star­lites who matched their op­po­nents in points in this ses­sion but with Ath­leta not duly trou­bled as they had a 74-38 lead to fall on.

In the last quar­ter, Thomp­son took over once more with his con­stant hoops with Isaac Pace an­swer­ing at first and Aaron Cu­ta­jar late in the game.

For Ath­leta it was Ste­fan Vin­cic with his late points as Ath­leta went near to their cen­tury.

Star­lites: A. Bar­thet, M. Az­zopardi 3, L. Vella, C. Dou­blet, M. Vella,

I. Pace 8, A. Car­dona Vella, A. Xuereb 8, A. Cu­ta­jar 6, Q. Bugeja 1, A. Peruni­cic 21, M. Far­ru­gia

Ath­leta: J. Sym­mons, J. Wait 5, J. Aquilina 7, L. Ste­fanovic 17, M. Gauci Mon­taldo 5, M. Giusti 4, K. Thomp­son 31, N. Petrucci 8, S. Vin­cic 8, M. Cilia 5, D. Buha­giar 2

Ref­er­ees: S. Mi­callef, Z Do­brosavl­je­vic

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