Pao­lites re­turn to win­ning ways

Bas­ket­ball - BOV Men’s Div I

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Gzira Ath­leta 68 Hiber­ni­ans 79 (19-19, 12-19, 20-23, 17-18)

The cham­pi­ons put last week's sur­prise de­feat be­hind them, to rer­gis­ter their sec­ond vic­tory in three matches.

On the other hand Ath­leta could not fol­low up to their open­ing league win, against Luxol, in their last en­counter, and are on a soli­tary win in four matches.

It was a close game till mid­way through teh sec­ond pe­riod, but then Hibs be­gan to pull away, and Ath­leta could not get near enough to cause con­cern, with the cham­pi­ons end­ing the match on a com­fort­able mar­gin of vic­tory.

Hibs' open­ing brace of hoops were an­swered well by Ath­leta, who made up a nine point run, mainly by Amer­i­can, Kwame Thomp­son, also with a trey. The Pao­lites had Cana­dian, Chad Cuschieri Pa­tus, to pull them back, reg­is­ter­ing a triple, but they coukd not end the ses­sion ahead, as Thomp­son and the other Amer­i­can, Vin­cent Pace made late hoops, to tie the score.

The sec­ond ses­sion had both sides chang­ing ad­van­tages four times, be­fore the cham­pi­ons em­barked on a three hoop spread, as Ser­bian, Ivan Dem­ce­sen, was ef­fec­tive un­der the board. Ath­leta strove to get nearer, but the Pao­lites held out, to lead 38-31, at the in­ter­val.

Af­ter the break Hibs man­aged to push them­selves fur­ther in front, with an open­ing 9-2 run, and a trey, by Spa­niard. Al­varo Lizaur. . Ath­leta bat­tled back, to amke up up an 8-2 run of their own, and later on, more Pace hoops had them creep­ing nearer, at 47-53.

The cham­pi­ons dampemed the dan­ger, and took a bet­ter ad­van- tage, till the end of the pe­riod, with a 61-51 score. The last quar­ter pro­duced treys at ei­ther end, with Pace for athelta and Cuschieri pa­tus, for Hibs.

The Pao­lites gained a max­i­mum ad­van­tage, af­ter a Rod­er­ick Vella triple, and this as­sured them of the spoils. Ath­leta put in a three hoop spread, to put in a more re­al­is­tic score­line, with Hibs hold­ing out in a con­trolled man­ner, and put the Depiro de­feat be­hind them.

Ath­leta : M. Gauci Mon­taldo, P. Shoults 2, L. Ste­fanovic, A. Peruni­cic 4, N. Xuereb 4, M. Gouder 5, K. Thomp­son 29, V. Pace 18, I. Mitro­vic, C. Shanks 6

Hibs: R. Vella 7, P. At­tard, K. Sul­tana, L. Farrugia 2, M. For­mosa, I. Bonett, L.Tardito 7, A. Ax­iaq 5, M. Mati­je­vic 2, A. Lizaur 13, I. Dem­ce­sen 17, C. Cuschieri Pa­tus 26

Ref­er­ees: T. Man­tere, Dwor­niczak, D. Torok K.

Kwame Thomp­son (L) of Gzira Ath­leta goes past Chad Pa­tus of Hiber­ni­ans. Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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