It was another active weekend of basketball in the Belize District Basketball Association’s (BDBA) Firms Basketball Tournament at Birds Isle. This one is apparently living up to the name of “Firms,” as, according to reports, only employees of the respective firms, which include some partnerships, are represented on the court.
In game 1 on Friday night, August 16, Heritage Bank won a close one, 68-64, over Ready Call. Top scorers for Heritage were Felix Martinez 25 pts 10 rebs, Kurt Burgess 22 pts 14 rebs, and Jaleel Arnold 11 pts 5 rebs; while Ready Call was led by Hubert Baptist 17 pts 5 rebs 5 assts, Aaron Baptist 14 pts 4 stls, and George Smith 12 pts. In game 2, Port of Belize put down Digicell, 68-55, behind Earl Johnson 34 pts 4 rebs 3 assts 3 stls, Angus Cherrington 11 pts 12 rebs, and Lennox Bowman 11 pts 7 rebs; while for Digicell, Devon Lozano had 15 pts 4 rebs, and Jordan Santos 14 pts 3 rebs. There was no third game played, as Customs & Excise Dept./MoE won by default over Bowen & Bowen, who were unable to field a team.
There was a full schedule of games on Saturday night, though. In the opener, BWSL pulled out the 58-52 win over PUC. Leading BWSL were Lindbergh Graham 17 pts 6 rebs, Jamir Enriquez 12 pts, Luis Barcelona 7 pts 5 rebs, and Akeem Trapp 7 pts 4 assts; while for PUC it was Ian Haylock 20 pts 6 rebs, and Andrew Robateau 10 pts 9 rebs. Game 2 saw Port of Belize maintaining their undefeated status with a 76-67 win over Courts. For Port, Lennox Bowman led all scorers with 31 pts 5 rebs 3 assts, Vince Estrada had 29 pts 3 rebs 3 assts, and Ian Augustine 11 pts 23 rebs; while for Courts it was Rennon Pandy 20 pts 8 rebs, Delroy Caliz 17 pts 8 rebs, Leroy Gentle 10 pts 7 rebs, and Tyron Anthony 10 pts 6 rebs 6 assts 3 stls. And in the nightcap, after being deadlocked at 73-73 at the final buzzer, Belize City Council prevailed 84-82 in overtime over Central Health Region. High men for City Council were Kenroy Usher 24 pts 7 rebs 4 stls, Densford Bevans 23 pts 4 rebs, Greg Mahler 14 pts 6 rebs 5 assts, David McCaulay 10 pts 6 rebs, and Stefen Dixon 9 pts 6 rebs; while for Central Health it was Steven Wade 23 pts 7 rebs 6 assts, Lonnie Trapp 22 pts 7 rebs, Wilfred Richards 18 pts (9 for 11 from the field) 10 rebs, and Neil Nicholson 12 pts 4 assts.
Two more weekends of regular season games remain before the playoffs, which are scheduled to commence on September 7.
Friday, August 23
7:00 p.m. – Central Health Region vs Belize Telemedia Ltd.
8:30 p.m. – Belize Bank Ltd. vs Atlantic Bank Ltd.
10:00 p.m. – Belize City Council vs Port of Belize Ltd.
Saturday, August 24
7:00 p.m. – Customs & Excise Dept. vs Courts
8:30 p.m. – BWSL vs Ready Call Center
10:00 p.m. – Bowen & Bowen Ltd. vs Belize City Council