St. James Hospital League Men U/23 Final
Luxol 79 Depiro 76
(14-23, 21-20, 22-14, 22-19)
Luxol: CJ Cordina 12, J. Borg Millo, J. Maistre, K. Dimech 12. M. Sjoberg, P. Cumpstone 43, S. Cappello 12
Depiro: J. Attard, S. Zammit 3, R. Bonnici 27, D. Schembri 10, R. Xuereb, N. Grech 3, T. Zammit, E. Briffa, DJ Mason 19, K. Xuereb 14, M. Borg, M. Agius
Referees: E. Mangani, S. Micallef, Z. Dobrosavljevic
The Under 23 Men final resulted in a keenly contested contest with only a mere 3 points separating these two sides which dominated the whole league this season.
Luxol’s import player Pierce Cumpstone was the man of the match as he led his side to the win being a constant threat to the opponents.
Depiro had most of the lead during the game but could not get back in the final moments. In fact, Depiro opened strongly with a 23-14 first quarter lead with points also coming from their import DJ Mason. Robert Bonnici came more into the fray in the second quarter as Depiro defended their lead to 43-35 at half time.
Cumpstone and Bonnici replied to each other’s treys in the third quarter but later on, consecutive points from Keith Dimech helped Luxol to tie the score at 57-57 with ten minutes to go.
The lead alternated continuously between the two finalists in the last quarter but the c,osing stages saw Cumpstone bang in the match winning free throws with Depiro’s desperate buzzer beater attempt failing the mark.
MBA Secretary General Joseph Muscat presented the league trophy to Luxol’s captain Cumpstone after the match.