Luxol in con­trol from the start

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Luxol had quite a scare in the KO pre­lim­i­nary as they were nearly ousted out by Star­lites but against Depiro they were a con­fi­dent lot even though they had Chris­tine Curmi, who played a great match against Star­lites, miss­ing through a foot in­jury.

Depiro in­cluded the young Lithua­nian Mante Balzar­avi­ciute as she is now el­i­gi­ble to play. This game could also be termed as a re­venge by Luxol who were elim­i­nated by Depiro in the Shield semi fi­nal thus de­priv­ing them of a third con­sec­u­tive hon­our af­ter the In­de­pen­dence Cup and the Su­per Cup.

Luxol raced into an 8-2 ad­van­tage with Sam Brin­cat net­ting a Depiro triple soon af­ter­wards. Lind­sey Les­sard’s free shots had Luxol in a bet­ter lead and though Brin­cat again replied for Depiro there was still Les­sard putting in the points for the Vi­o­lets for a bet­ter open­ing ses­sion ad­van­tage.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, Luxol were helped in their quest with their triples. Bev­er­lee Zam­mit, Ina Me­d­ina and Kay Portelli net­ted theirs as their side opened up the ad­van­tage. Claire Ciantar was the main scorer for Depiro who were trail­ing 24-36 at the in­ter­val.

Af­ter the break Maria Bonett sank a Depiro trey but Paula El­lul and Les­sard points had the cham­pi­ons on a slightly bet­ter lead.Portelli net­ted a sec­ond trey for the Vi­o­lets along with oth­ers from Sarah Pace and El­lul.

Martina Sci­cluna came off the bench for Depiro to also sink a triple but Luxol’s dom­i­nance had them on a solid 60-41 ad­van­tage.

In the last quar­ter Luxol were in­tent on deny­ing their ad­ver­saries any oc­ca­sions to creep nearer and their ob­jec­tive was be­ing reached as Me­d­ina net­ted a sec­ond triple.

Late in the match Depiro man­aged to cut down slightly on their deficit with a brace of Ni­cole Agius treys but they were still at a dis­tance giv­ing Luxol no wor­ries till the end of the en­counter.

Luxol: S. Pace 5, B. Zam­mit 6, M. Mer­cieca 5, I. Baena Me­d­ina 7, M. Dar­manin 8, S. DeMartino, K. Portelli 6, A. Calleja, P. El­lul 12, N. Vella, L. Les­sard 28

Depiro: A. Mif­sud 2, G. Mif­sud 3, M. Balzar­avi­ciute, S. Brin­cat 21, M. Bonett13, C. Camil­leri 3, N. Agius 8, M. Sci­cluna 5, L. vella, M. Mi­callef, T. DeMartino, C. Ciantar 9

Ref­er­ees: G. Bar­bara, C. Far­ru­gia

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