It was an active week for the club with no less than four competitive games scheduled, excluding the youth tournaments. On Tuesday the U/23 girls had a tough match up against Hibernians. Having endured back to back loses in the senior categories, first to Hibs in the opening game of the league and then to Luxol in the Shield final, the girls were desperate for a win. Under new coach Clelia Benmesba Colson the team is still finding their feet, and Tuesdays 56-52 was a big morale boaster for the young team. The win improved their record to 3-1 in the U/23 standings, leaving them first place, with Luxol having a game in hand. With the Senior men’s team out of action this week, our youthful squad had an easy outing vs Siggiewi in the U/19 encounter. Last years MVP helped himself to 28pts, yet once again it was the teams stingy defence that allowed Joe Zammit’s team a mere 37 points in a comfortable 97-37 win. These boys are on a fantastic winning streak; that last time the U/19 boys lost was on the 13th March 2013, ironically to the Depiro U/19B team. Since then the team went on to win the 2013 and 2014 championship, and are on track for a three-peat going 4-0 early in the season. On Saturday our U/16 girls found the going get tough against Luxol, settling for the yellow sheet with a 24-39 scoreline. A transition year for this group of girls, it’s all about working hard and getting the all important game time to be in a better position to challenge next year.
Saturday was also a special day for our U/12 boys team who got to meet the President of Malta, The Hon. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca ahead of the L-Istrina’s Mini Basketball Marathon which is happening on the 14th December. This fantastic group of boys, under the guidance of Coach Matthew Borg, then participated in a number of matches vs other clubs. The scores for these games are not kept with the aim to foster a the many attributes required for young players, without imposing the pressures of winning.
Our game of the week was Sunday when the Senior Women, PAVI Depiro had a tough game vs Honey Athleta. Athleta had an easy first outing when they trounced Phoenix 69-39, with Depiro losing that opening game 44-51 to Hibs. The game was a tight affair throughout with Depiro coming from behind to tie the game up at the end of the Third quarter at 54 a piece. In the fourth quarter the girls dug deep, and 13-0 run followed by another 7-0 run gave them a sweet 88-68 win. Siarre Evans had a monster game with 28pts and 25 rebounds, shooting 72% from the field. Despite playing through a niggling injury, team Captain Samantha Brincat scored 17pts bringing down 14 boards and shooting 67% from behind the arc. The win momentarily puts the girls tied for first with Hibs and the same Athleta, with the reigning champions Luxol holding a game in hand.
Finally a shout out an ex Depiro player, Anton Axiaq, who suffered a bad knock over the weekend. We wish you a very speedy recovery!