Sports — 13 May 2014

3 teams battle for 2 playoff spots in last regular season week of Elite Basketball tournament

With one more week of regular season games remaining, the race to the Top-4 playoffs is sizzling hot in the inaugural National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tournament. As close as the race is to the playoff, this week’s Week 14 games to end the regular season will decide which 4 teams make it to the semifinal playoffs. Two teams are already secure – San Pedro Tigersharks (11-2) and Cayo Western Ballaz (11-2); while 3 teams – Dangriga Warriors (8-5), Belize City (Smart) No Limit (8-5) and Belmopan Point Bandits (7-6) are battling for 2 remaining spots. And two of them – Dangriga Warriors and Belize City (Smart) No Limit clash this Friday night at Bird’s Isle.

Week 13 results from the past weekend were: (7-6) Belmopan Point Bandits, 71-59, over (8-5) Belize City No Limit on Thursday, May 8, in Belmopan; (3-10) Corozal Heats, 71-55, over (2-11) Orange Walk Running Rebels on Friday, May 9; (11-2) Cayo Western Ballaz, 79-77, over (2-11) Toledo Diplomats on Saturday, May 10; (8-5) Dangriga Warriors, 58-46, in a big upset victory over (11-2) San Pedro Tigersharks also on Saturday, May 10; and (8-5) Belize City No Limit won by forfeit over (2-11 Toledo Diplomats, who failed to field enough players, on Sunday, May 11, for a back match in P.G.

Upcoming Week 14 match-ups:

Thursday, May 15
8:30 p.m. – Belmopan Point Bandits (7-6) @ Cayo Western Ballaz (11-2)

Friday, May 16
9:00 p.m. – Dangriga Warriors (8-5) @ Belize City (Smart) No Limit (8-5)

Saturday, May 17
8:00 p.m. – Toledo Diplomats (2-11) @ Corozal Heats (3-10)
8:00 p.m. – Orange Walk Running Rebels (2-11) @ San Pedro Tigersharks (11-2)

The results of these games will determine the 4 playoff teams as well as the seeding for the semifinals.

(Information courtesy NEBL Commissioner, Isaac John Rhys)

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