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  • Durant leads West over East

    Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin provided a potent mix of outside shooting to lift the Western Conference to a 143-138 victory over the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday. Durant scored 30 points and Griffin added 19, on...

  • Depiro, Luxol confidence lifted ahead of final

    Depiro and Luxol warmed up for Sunday’s BOV KO final with morale-boosting victories in the National League last weekend. Leaders Depiro had to be alert all the time to finally break the bold resistance of third-placed Alyssa Ashley Loyola even...

  • Athleta comeback stuns Floriana

    Athleta 80Floriana 67 (14-17, 17-24, 24-18, 25-8) Athleta A to Z Electronics secured their third honour of the season after coming from behind to beat Floriana Francesco Fenech 80-67 in a keenly-contested BOV Knock-Out final yesterday. The...

  • Ross takes slam dunk title, Irving top three-pointer

    Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross won the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest with a one-handed, through-the-legs rim-rattler after leaping over a ballboy. The windmill slam earned the wild applause of the sold-out crowd at the Toyota Center and lifted the...

  • Floriana make it a double over Athleta

    Floriana Fran. Fenech 77Athleta A-Z Elect. 70 (18-20, 21-18, 14-16, 24-16) Though playing without the influential Bevan Scott Camilleri, Floriana still produced a fine performance to make it a double over Athleta who seem to have suffered badly...

  • Loyola edge Paolites in tight match as Depiro march on

    In the main game of the weekend, Alyssa Ashley Loyola had the better of Hibs in the Women’s League as leaders Depiro kept marching on with victory over Honey Athleta. In a battle for third place and a slot in the play-offs, it was Loyola who...

  • Loyola’s Thomas claims women’s monthly award

    The player of the month award for December in the local women’s basket-ball competitions was claimed by Loyola’s Brietta Thomas, the MBA said in a statement. For the player from the United States, this was her first personal acco-lade here in...

  • Favourites reach the cup final

    Depiro and Luxol, among the most consistent teams in women’s basketball this season, reached the Louis Borg Cup final at the expense of Honey Athleta and Loyola respectively. Depiro led for the entire first leg last week to impose their...

  • Athleta in, Luxol stunned

    Athleta A-Z Electronics 63Siġġiewi 48 (21-11, 13-10, 12-14, 17-13) In a low-scoring match, leaders Athleta registered their sixth victory to secure a place in the play-offs. Despite the setback, Siġġiewi are still in contention, along with Luxol...

  • Shoults best player in December

    Siġġiewi’s Peter Shoults is the player of the month for December, the Malta Basketball Association announced this week. Shoults had won the player of the month award once before his latest nomination. Siġġiewi chalked up important results in the...

  • Easy for Depiro but Hibs made to sweat by Athleta

    With Luxol not in action last weekend, Depiro McDonald’s profited to take sole leadership in the women’s basketball league standings after powering past Phoenix Qormi Petrus 92-49. Depiro’s sixth victory in the league came at the expense of a...

  • Floriana down Luxol to go second

    Floriana 98Luxol 81 (34-28, 18-22, 18-17, 28-14) Floriana avenged their first-round extra-time defeat to Luxol after winning their second meeting. Adrian Micallef, formerly of Depiro, had a quiet debut for Luxol. When Floriana are in action, a...

  • FIBA’s Stokes for MBA clinic

    The head of FIBA Europe Competitions and Referees Department and instructor Richard Stokes will be making a brief visit this weekend as a special guest of the Malta Basketball Association (MBA). Stokes will conduct a short referees clinic over two...

  • Depiro and Luxol reach final after comfortable wins in semis

    Depiro McDonalds and Luxol, the top two contenders in the women’s league this season, will go head-to-head in the BOV knockout final after clear-cut victories over Honey Athleta and Hibs respectively in the weekend semi-finals. Depiro had a bad...

  • Depiro stun Athleta in final

    Athleta A-Z lost their Louis Borg Cup title yesterday as they were beaten over two legs by Depiro Pavi for an aggregate score of 136-119. Depiro were the surprise winners of the first match on Saturday (66-61) and they repeated their feat...

  • Athleta sole leaders

    Depiro Pavi 66Athleta A-Z Electronics 69 (18-17, 15-23, 20-17, 13-12) A Kristin Baldacchino three-pointer in the dying seconds helped Athleta win a difficult match and claim sole leadership in the standings. Athleta had David Bugeja back in squad...

  • Champions Luxol concede first defeat

    Luxol’s unbeaten run in the women’s basketball champion-ship this season came to an end last weekend when they had to bow to Alyssa Ashley Loyola after extra-time. In a balanced match, Loyola upset the reigning champions also thanks to the...

  • Kobe and wife reconcile, won’t divorce

    Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa (picture), have reconciled and are no longer planning to divorce, the couple said in separate posts on social media sites. Bryant, widely considered one of the greatest players ever in the...

  • Athleta, Depiro book final ticket

    Athleta A to Z Electronics and Depiro Pavi will meet in the final of the Louis Borg Cup this coming weekend after ousting Siġġiewi and Floriana Francesco Fenech in the semis Depiro 162Floriana 150 (first leg: 91-73; second leg: 71-77 ) Depiro put...

  • Luxol make it five wins in a row

    Reigning champions Luxol maintained their winning start after beating Honey Athleta. Depiro McDonald’s stayed on top after seeing off Hibs while Phoenix Qormi Petrus obtained their first victory at the expense of Starlites Sports Experience. Luxol...

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