Published on Tuesday 17th January 2012
Depiro Mtarfa 58
Athleta A-Z Electronics 70
(10-17, 13-20, 11-18, 24-15)
Athleta, with Serbian Marco Tornovic in the team, extended their positive run with a fine victory over Depiro.
More was expected of Depiro after their victory over Siġġiewi in their previous match.
Depiro’s tendency to go for rushed shots and individual play did little to boost their chances of beating the champions.
After the opening minutes, Athleta’s fluid moves in attack were proving too much for Depiro’s slow-moving defence. Joe Galea’s men were streets ahead of their opponents to lead 37-23 at half-time.
One expected Depiro to be more aggressive after the interval but it was the champions who profited from their opponents’ poor shooting. Midway through the third session, Athleta were 50-25 ahead.
The game was won and lost at this juncture. Depiro lifted their game in the fourth quarter but by then it was too late.
Depiro: R. Vella 8, J.P. Schembri, A. Aquilina 2, A. Portelli 2, A. Micallef 10, E. Lupo 2, M. Mallia, I. Tanti 4, G. Hamlin 30.
Athleta: M. Naudi 20, D. Bugeja, I. Baldakov, M. Tornovic 16, M. Giusti, A. Fekete 4, O. Said 12, D. Schembri 13, A. Bonnici 3, K. Baldacchino, S. Schembri 2.
Referees: G. Barbara, A. Carbonaro, C. Terribile.