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  • Miami stretch winning streak to 20 games

    Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade thought it was “great .. in the larger scheme of things” that his team struggled to beat the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night for its 20th straight victory. “Right now we’re preparing for the play-offs,” Wade...

  • Monthly award for Brincat

    The You Shop We Ship Player of the Month award for January in women’s basketball was won by PAVI Depiro’s Samantha Brincat (picture). This was the first individual honour for Brincat who joined Depiro last season. In January, Depiro had a couple...

  • Advantage Floriana, Athleta

    Floriana Francesco Fenech and champions Athleta A to Z Electronics made the first step towards contesting the title decider when they beat Siġġiewi and Pavi Depiro in the first match of the best-of-three semi-final. Floriana 71Siġġiewi 61 (18-13,...

  • Depiro and Luxol untroubled

    Front runners Pavi Depiro and Luxol were untroubled by bottom sides Starlites Sports Experience and Phoenix Qormi Petrus as they warmed up for next weekend’s Louis Borg Cup final in style. Despite being without top scorer Steffi DeMartino, leaders...

  • Siġġiewi in play-offs

    Siġġiewi in play-offs

    BUPA Luxol 61 Siġġiewi 75 (17-14, 20-23, 16-17, 8-21) In this direct clash for the last available place in the play-offs, Luxol lost their plot in the last quarter to hand Siġġiewi victory. Again, Luxol’s US player Stephen Shackleford did not...

  • Luxol beat Depiro in the top match

    In the space of a week, Luxol again had the better of Depiro to increase their chances of finishing top in this first phase of the women’s league. Luxol prevailed thanks to their efforts in the latter stages during which they broke clear with a...

  • Floriana retain lead

    Siġġiewi 77Floriana Francesco Fenech 91 (15-17, 22-23, 27-21, 13-30) Floriana made the most of Siġġiewi’s fragile nerves to retain the leadership in the regular season. Jacques Abang had a quiet debut as referee in the top division as Floriana...

  • Luxol strike knock-out blow

    Luxol strike knock-out blow

    Luxol won their fourth honour of the season yesterday after beating Depiro 71-64 in a thrilling St James Hospital KO final. A balanced contest saw Luxol recover from a difficult start to head for half-time one basket behind, 37-36. Inspired by...

  • 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, 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 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

    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 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

    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...

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