Published on Tuesday 22nd November 2011
Depiro, who were led for the first time by Adrian Mifsud following the departure of former coach Brian Mifsud, were given a stern challenge by Athleta. It was only in the final minutes that Depiro sealed their victory after notching nine consecutive points for a 63-53 victory.
It was Athleta who began brightly, scoring the first six points of the match. However, Depiro produced an instant reaction to surge 12-10 ahead at the end of the first quarter. Depiro continued to be the better side, increasing their advantage to 18 points by half-time, 32-14.
Athleta refused to give in though and their improved showing in the third quarter rattled Depiro whose advantage was whittled down to just four points, 40-36.
Depiro were struggling to contain their opponents’ resurgence as Athleta moved one point ahead, 47-46, with only seven minutes left.
Gradually, Depiro regained their composure and nine consecutive points confirmed their passage to the semi-finals.