Posted on Times of Malta Tuesday 7th January 2014
Royce F loriana 71
PAVI Depiro 78
(17-23, 23-12, 13-22, 18-21)
Christoff Stolp’s reign as Floriana coach started on a wrong footing as the champions continued to fall behind in the race for play-offs positions.
A Depiro 13-2 break saw them move 20-7 ahead but after a Stolp time-out the Greens improved to close the gap to 23-17.
Floriana kept their momentum to go 36-28 in front with three minutes left for lemon time. It was Depiro coach Mario Tabone’s turn to call a time-out and his changes helped as the team started moving around better even though Floriana went in for the break 40-35 ahead.
Floriana held the lead but Tabone opted for more changes and this time Depiro recovered lost ground and took a 54-51 advantage.
The match was open with Floriana hitting back to level at 69-all.
However, their efforts proved futile as Turrel Morris’s late baskets put Depiro in the driving seat to secure a useful victory.
Floriana: O. Shamala, D. Elston 21, D. Camilleri 18, P. Shoults 10, S. Borg, C. Calleja 6, D. Schembri 10, S. Saakian, D. Agius 6.
Depiro: R. Vella 11, N. Sultana 10, T. Morris 31, A. Aquilina 3, A. Portelli 5, S. Bartolo 9, A. Axiaq 7, E. Lupo, I. Tanti 2.