Posted by Times of Malta on Tuesday 17th December 2013
Athleta A-Z Electronics 134
Pavi Depiro 110
(Leg Scores: 74-57, 60-53)
More was expected from Depiro after their good showings in the league, but after sharing the exchanges for the first three quarters of the opening leg, they lowered their guard, allowing Athleta to built a comfortable lead.
In fact, Athleta only enjoyed a narrow one-point lead at the break (30-29) and before the last ten-minute session got underway Depiro were only trailing by three points (46-43).
But then, it seems that Depiro forgot that this competition is played over two legs and they started to hurry their attacks. This plot played into Athleta’s hands as Chad Patus showed his prowess in the zone, winning a series of rebounds that saw his side going 17 points clear at the end of the day.
Sunday’s second leg was heralded by a Depiro three-pointer but Athleta reacted strongly and by half-time they were leading 36-15.
With a place in the last four practically in their bags, Athleta gave some playing time to their fringe players with Depiro taking advantage to make the score more respectable.