Article published on 14 February 2012
by Willie Vassallo
Depiro Mtarfa 73
(9-15, 19-14, 14-19, 31-20)
Depiro mounted a grand recovery in the last session from a heavy deficit. And late triples helped their cause as both sides lost players on fouls.
The two teams were never far from each other until Siggiewi opened up a lead wgich seemed sufficient. Depiro had other ideas and a storming finish gave them the spoils leaving Siggiewi wondering how they had lost the match.
There was a Depiro change in the coaching department with Mario Tabone returning to active duty taking the place of Ray Muscat. Emanuel Lupo was missing for Depiro. Siggiewi, labouring under a reduced squad, introduced Adam Cutajar but their bench was severely short.
The match began with a good Siggiewi 10-2 run but Abraham Portelli was very active for Depiro and he started off a 7-2 run as his side drew closer.
Siggiewi returned to the fore and they put in the session’s last points to eke out a slightly better advantage.
In the second period, Alan Borg quickly netted a triple as Siggiewi sought to increase their lead. Chris Meier’s next hoops for Siggiewi had a ready reply from Depiro’s Adrian Micallef when his side made up a 7-2 run. A little later Depiro’s better 8-0 run has them in front. This brought about a Siggiewi reaction with free throws giving them a minimal 29-28 lead at the interval.
After the break, Alan Borg increased Siggiewi’s lead but was then fouled out. Micallef put in a personal 8-0 run as Depiro jumped ahead. Siggiewi’s reply was a 7-2 run and the lead changed hands.
The end of the period had Siggiewi making up a 9-2 run with a Karl Borg triple when they went 48-42 in front.
The last session was a topsy turvy one. Siggiewi put in a 12-2 run with another Karl Borg trey for the game’s best advantage but that was really the signal for Depiro to pull up their socks.
An 11-3 run with a Greg Hamlin triple put them back into contention. Siggiewi tried to control the match but Depiro’s triples began to flow in.
Roderick Vella tied the score and after a further Siggiewi lead Andrew Aquilina and JP Schembri the latter just off the bench shot Depiro in front.
There was no Siggiewi reaction and Aquilina sealed the win for Depiro who now share second place with Floriana and Luxol.
Depiro: 9 R. Vella, 3 JP Schembri, 11 A. Aquilina, 6 A. Portelli, 17 A.Micallef, 6 M. Mallia, 4 I. Tanti, 17 G. Hamlin
Siggiewi: 4 R. Agius, A. Cutajar, 2 E. Xuereb, 10 A. Borg, 13 K. Borg, 19 C. Meier, C. Kodomaris, 20 M. Matijevic
Referees: E. Mangani, S. Gouder, C. Terribile