PAVI Depiro end their regular season with another win

Times of Malta

Published on Tuesday 26th March 2013

Depiro beat Hibs in their last match from the opening phase of the women’s league but thanks to their hard-earned win over Honey Athleta, it will be Luxol who will claim the top spot.

Luxol were coming from a shock upset in the Louis Borg Cup final after throwing away a 16-point first-leg lead against Depiro.

Last weekend, they struggled to beat a spirited Athleta who needed a win at all costs to maintain their slim chances of a play-off berth.

Athleta won the first quarter 19-18 but midway through the second session, Luxol had a good patch which saw them going on to change ends 35-26 ahead.

Luxol rested some of their top-notch players after the interval and that allowed Athleta to show their battling qualities and start the last ten minutes six points in front 49-43.

However, after extending their lead to seven points (69-62), Athleta suffered a slump as Luxol, with Sara Pace and Dianne Muscat leading the rally, hit back strongly. They recovered possession after an erratic Athleta pass to pot the decisive points in a 71-69 win.

Depiro’s third-quarter performance was enough for them to have the better of Hibs.

It was a balanced match in the opening two quarters where Depiro led 23-17. Then, after the break, Depiro potted nine consecutive points which they never relinquished before sealing a 44-33 win.

Starlites chalked up their first win in a basement clash against Qormi who had Brietta Thomas missing.

After the opening two quarters, Starlites were 32-13 in front but Qormi had a good reaction after the interval to reduce the gap to 34-24.

Starlites regrouped to regain the initiative and control their op-ponents’ efforts without difficulty for a 65-38 win.

Standings: Depiro 22 (10-2), Luxol 21 (10-1), Loyola 17 (7-3), Hibs 17 (6-5), Athleta 13 (3-7), Starlites 12 (1-10), Qormi 12 (1-10

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