Published on Tuesday 11th January 2011
A last-gasp free-throw was all that separated Depiro McDonald’s and Hibs Medsea in the main match from the women’s league last weekend. In the end, it was Depiro who prevailed as Hibs succumbed to their second defeat.
Hibs were weakened by the ab-sence of injured tall players Maria Desira and Alexis Darmanin as Depiro deployed their best formation and took a 28-21 half-time lead.
Depiro were unlucky to lose their best scorer Kalia Agius to injury as Hibs grew in stature to start the last 10 minutes a basket ahead 36-34.
Excitement grew in a tense fourth quarter with the lead changing hands several times. Nadia Arrigo had the chance to put Hibs ahead with 14 seconds left but missed both her free-throws. Depiro won the rebound and with six seconds left Antoinette Borg was fouled.
Borg potted the second shot to secure a 49-48 win for her team.
Luxol were never troubled by St Andrews. After holding a comfortable 39-15 half-time lead, Luxol went on to win 90-25 and join Depiro at the top of the table on 15 points.
Alyssa Ashley Loyola kept their fourth place intact thanks to their 56-27 victory over bottom-placed Mtarfa while Athleta kept in close contact after beating Starlites Sports Experience 53-22.
Standings: Depiro 15 (7-1), Luxol 15 (7-1), Hibs 14 (6-2), Loyola 13 (5-3), Athleta 12 (4-4), St Andrews 10 (2-6), Starlites 9 (1-7), Mtarfa 8 (0-8).
Top-scorers: K. Agius (Depiro) 156, L. Bezzina (Hibs) 153, L. Sciberras (Athleta) 139.
Detur Shield semi-finals: Saturday – 12.45 Luxol vs Hibs. Sunday – 14.30 Depiro vs Loyola.