Siggiewi make it to the final
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