Article published on 18 April 2012
by Willie Vassallo
McDonalds Depiro 69
Alyssa Ashley Loyola 50
(14-9, 14-9, 14-19, 27-13 )
Depiro had the better of Loyola in their first match as they opened up a lead after the first period of play. Loyola then had to chase throughout the rest of the encounter. There were instances after the break when Loyola drew close, but they couldn’t overhaul their adversaries with Depiro opening up an advantage once more. They then made sure later on as they left their opponents in their wake.
Depiro recalled Maria Bonett in lieu of Justine Xuereb. Loyola were without Francesca Camilleri. The game had an indecisive start with the lead changing hands no less than five times. In the latter part of the session it was Depiro who forged forward with an 8-2 run mostly from Vontisha Woods for the first real advantage of the match. Loyola only had Desarae Johnson with a quick couple of baskets to show.
In the second session, Depiro had to reply to Loyola’s first hoops initially when Sam Brincat netted a triple. Loyola began to fade away again and Depiro spent the remainder of the period building up a long 9-3 run mostly from Brincat and Steffi De Martino. At the halfway stage Depiro’s advantage went into a double figure on a 28-18 score.
After the break and early Woods hoops, an 8-2 run by Loyola brought them closer. Christina Grima kept trying and Loyola were closer – still a basket behind. Depiro recovered through De Martino points as her side ended the period on a better lead and a 42-37 score.
Depiro were again in command in the last session with De Martino in a dominant mood also netting a triple in a heavy 12-1 run for Depiro with more hoops from Woods. Johnson stopped them but Depiro were not finished as they put in another 7-0 run with a further De Martino trey. Johnson went on with her points for Loyola for a more respectable scoreline with Depiro having more in reserve had they wanted.
Depiro: A. Mifsud, G. Mifsud, M. Bonett, 10 S. Brincat, 16 V. Woods, 8 F. Bianco, T. De Martino, 7 A. Borg, C. Sammut, M. Mifsud, S. Micallef, 28 S. De Martino
Loyola: 7 E. Moore, 15 C. Grima, 7 J. Doughty, D. Hollier,3 K. Tonna, 2 A. Bonanno, J. Mangion, A. Sciberras, 2 SJ Barbara, 14 D. Johnson
Referees: E. Mangani, C. Terribile