Starlites JSD took advantage of their game in hand to go closer to the top spot in the BOV men’s Division One regular season standings with a close victory against leaders Mellieha Libertas at the Ta’ Qali Pavilion on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Athleta remained in second place with a convincing victory over Hibernians and Luxol took the spoils against Valletta Fighters.

Starlites coach Paul Ferrante went with a different set of starters on Sunday as Jacob Bourke-Doggett and Matthew Scerri both started on Sunday, in place of Felice Pace brothers Alec and Ian. The former was out of the game-day squad for the first time this season while the latter started the game off the bench.

It was a balanced opening between two of the top three sides in the league as Starlites were banking on momentum from their Knockout title victory to beat the leaders and protect their game in hand.

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