Marathon fi­nally goes Ath­leta’s way

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Ath­leta ob­tained their sec­ond league vic­tory as they twice saved the match go­ing into over­time on each oc­ca­sion: thus the two teams had the or­deal of two over­times.

Ath­leta were with­out Elena Pace and Marie Pol­lacco. The Pao­lites re­cov­ered their Amer­i­can im­port Trudy Arm­stead who missed their last en­counter and they also had two play­ers for the first time this sea­son as the Ital­ian Sil­vio Gam­bino is now el­i­gi­ble to play and Maria Said was en­ticed to get back in the side to help the Hibs cause.

Af­ter an early Amelia Sim­mons hoop for Ath­leta it was the Pao­lites mak­ing up a 7-0 run with an Elena Cas­sar triple. Ath­leta net­ted a brace of hoops with Hibs do­ing like­wise at the other end.

It was then Ath­leta with a Christina Grima trey and a Sim­mons free throw to get to within a point of their op­po­nents.

In the sec­ond pe­riod Hibs were in con­trol as they pro­ceeded to make up a long 12-2 run with Arm­stead and Said points to open up a com­fort­able ad­van­tage. Late in the ses­sion Ath­leta re­acted as they had Mil­ica Ste­fanovic and An­toinette Borg putting in triples to re­duce their side’s deficit. At the in­ter­val the Pao­lites had a 25-18 ad­van­tage.

Af­ter the break, Ath­leta started to get nearer but Iona Agius net­ted a Hibs triple. Ath­leta fi­nally tied the score with Sim­mons and Grima points but the Pao­lites were soon back in front.

A 7-0 run with Grima hoops and a sec­ond Borg trey over­turned the score and it was Ath­leta ahead at 42-40 go­ing into the last ses­sion.

Hibs tied the score twice even though Grima sank a sec­ond Ath­leta trey who then made up a three bas­ket spread for an­other ad­van­tage. Hibs came up with a solid 100 run with Gam­bino points and a triple. They were ahead late in the match but Ath­leta took the match into over­time with a Sim­mons hoop and a 57-57 score.

Ath­leta’s first hoop and a lead was over­turned with a cou­ple of Hibs bas­kets but Grima’s free throws again tied the score and the match went into a sec­ond over­time at 6161.

This time Ath­leta were fresher as Leanne Sciber­ras and Sim­mons gave their side a dou­ble hoop ad­van­tage. Cas­sar replied for the Pao­lites but that was as far as they got with Sim­mons’ free throws clos­ing down the match even­tu­ally

Ath­leta: M. Ste­fanovic 5, C. Grima 23, S. Pisani, L. Sciber­ras 6, A. Sim­mons 17, D. Said Hol­lier 4, A. Borg 9, J. Schem­bri, S. Vella 2, C. Mif­sud Hibs: E. Cas­sar 15, S. Gam­bino 13, I. Agius 3, K. Caru­ana, M. Said 10, N. Vella, K. Por­tanier Mif­sud, N. Far­ru­gia 1, T. Arm­stead 13, J. Scerri 8

Ref­er­ees: Z. Do­brosavl­je­vic, I. Mar­janovic

Sis­ters act! St­effi DeMartino of Caffe Moak Luxol (right) closely fol­lowed by her sis­ter Tina DeMartino of Depiro (left) Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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