The Malta Independent 25 April 2018, Wednesday

Basketball: Men’s Louis Borg Cup -- Depiro out of the running by the interval

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 21:44 Last update: about 5 months ago

Gzira Athleta      79

Cynergi Depiro   58

(20-8, 20-13, 22-23, 17-14)

Agg. 164-137

 

Willie Vassallo

 

Any hopes that Depiro might have entertained of making the semis were quickly dashed by a strong Athleta start and they had practically made sure by the interval.

Depiro made more of a game of it in the last two quarters but Athleta were never troubled cantered through the encounter. They will now meet Hibernians in the semis whilst Luxol will face Starlites in the other semi final in the best of two encounters.

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Athleta included Sasha Saakian as insurance on the bench and Depiro had Kurt Xuereb back after his two game suspension.

Depiro replied to Athleta's opening hoop as Nicholas Grech grabbed a triple but then Athleta let loose in a long 16-0 run as Jon Feiler potted from all angles. David Bugeja reacted for Depiro late in the period but Athleta had established a good advantage.

They kept up in the next session although Andrew Aquilina netted a Depiro trey but an Athleta 9-0 run had Peter Shoults sinking two quick triples.

Depiro made some more points with Athleta not quite content as they put in more free throws before Xuereb nailed a late Depiro trey.

At the interval Athleta had obtained a solid 40-21 advantage.

After the break, the match became more balanced with Athleta at ease with their heavy lead. Billy Zammit and Shoults netted more Athleta treys and Aquilina replied likewise for Depiro with two more of his own.

Athleta were enjoying a 62-44 advantage going into the last session. At first the points were shared before Depiro made their free shots. Athleta's reaction brought an 8-2 run with points then being made at either end before the end of the encounter.

Athleta: M. Naudi 7, B. Zammit 3, D. Camilleri,  S. Saakian, P. Shoults 16, F. Mifsud Bonnici 2, O. Said 9, L. Stefanovic , N. Xuereb3,  S. Vincic 4, I. Mitrovic 2, J. Feiler 33

Depiro: E. Briffa, D. Bugeja 22, L. Duckinson, A. Aquilina 10, N. Grech 3, A. Attard, M. Mallia 4,K. Xuereb 6, M. Borg , D. Scafidi 13  

Referees: G. Barbara, N. Azzopardi, T. Mantere


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