Published on Tuesday 29th November 2011
Hibs, the masters of the KO competition, surpassed a tricky hurdle with relative ease after eliminating Loyola Alyssa Ashley to book their place in the final against rivals Depiro McDonald’s who had the better of Luxol in the other semi-final.
Depiro McDonald’s 63
(11-15, 17-17, 14-15, 13-16)
In a highly entertaining cup semi-final, Adrian Mifsud’s Depiro toppled Luxol to set up a final against Hibs.
There was little difference between the two sides but Maltese-Australian Sam Brincat left her mark for Depiro as she potted nearly half her team’s points – 30.
It was Luxol who began strongly to move 7-4 ahead. Depiro’s reply saw them notch 11 consecutive points to lead 15-7.
Luxol recovered to close the gap till the end of the quarter 15-11.
In a balanced second session, Luxol fought back to narrow the gap to four points, 32-28.
Luxol were hit hard when playmaker Beverly Zammit was dismissed for arguing with the officials in the third minute.
At first, Depiro took advantage, surging ahead 43-34, but Luxol came back to start the last 10 minutes five points behind 47-42.
After Luxol managed to level at 47-all, seven consecutive points pushed Depiro clear. Luxol came within a basket but Depiro recovered well to nail the final six points.