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BECOL basketball teams advance to championship series

SAN IGNACIO, CAYO, Mon. Nov. 23, 2015–On Friday night, the BECOL basketball semifinal games tipped off with Belmopan Shock (#2) blowing out Cayo Insterstellars (#3) in the Female division, 45-6. Belmopan Shock was led by Enid Dakers, who netted the game high, 24 points, while Kaylani Reid finished with 9 pts. In a losing effort, Angelique Ayuso was the top scorer for Cayo Interstellars with 3 pts. In game 2, Yabra (#2) easily defeated Eagles (#3) in the Over 35 category, 60-27. Yabra was led by Charles “Dunk” Armstrong, who had 11 pts, while Vince “Post” Estrada tallied 10 pts, and Kevin Domingo finished with 8 pts. The top scorers for Eagles were Lupito Acosta and Joe Awe with 12 and 6 pts, respectively. In the nightcap, Falcon Ballers (#2) defeated Benque Power (#3), 63-46, in the Senior Division. Falcon Ballers was led by Anfernee Young with 19 pts, while Marlon Andrewin netted 11 pts, Mark O’Brien chipped in 10 pts, and Jamie Carbajal finished with 9 pts.

On Saturday afternoon, Belmopan Shock (#2) got the 36-13 win over Cayo Interstellars (#3), to sweep the three-game series and advance to the Female finals versus Benque Power. Belmopan Shock was led by Anna Gonzalez and Jayday Brown, who scored 10 pts each, while Indira Rivero netted 8 pts. Cayo Interstellars’ top scorer was Sherlene Dawson with 4 pts. In game 2, Sacred Heart College (#2) overcame a 15 point deficit to win 70-64, in overtime, against Alpha Warriors (#3) in the Under 19 category. SHC was led by Jovanne Zetina, who scored 22 pts, while Orel Neal finished with 14 pts, and Afrie Black tallied 12 pts. The top scorer for Alpha Warriors was Gian Bethran, who had the game high with 25 pts, while Joel Montejo finished with 15 pts and Shevan Harris with 10 pts. In game 3, Roaring Creek Special Effects (#1) overcame a 17-point first half deficit to defeat Invaders (#4), 50-40, in the Over 35 division. Karon “Civic” Neal was the top scorer for Roaring Creek with the game high 21 pts. Invaders were led by Kent Requena, Peter Odinga and Dylon Ayuso, who scored 13, 12 and 11 pts, respectively. In the nightcap, the Senior game came down to the wire, as Panthers (#1) defeated Tuff Enuff, 58-57, behind a three-point buzzer beater shot by Vandel Fuller. Panthers, was led by Johann “Cutto” Bermudez, who had the game high with 20 pts, while Daniel “Buddy” Nolberto netted 14 pts, and Vandel Fuller finished with 7 pts, including the game winning shot at the buzzer.

On Sunday afternoon, Spartans (#3) defeated Santiago Juan Warriors (#2), 40-33, in the Under 23 division. Spartans were led by Tylur Swazo with 18 pts and Vijahn “Patch” Scott with 9 pts. Jeffrey “Turtle” Carillo was the top scorer for Santiago Juan Warriors with 12 pts, while Jason Martinez finished with 7 pts. In game 2, Roaring Creek Special Effects (#1) were able to advance to the finals for the Over 35 division, as they defeated Invaders (#4), 36-33. Roaring Creek was led by Karon “Civic” Neal, who had the game high with 18 pts, and Artan Tucker scored 14 pts. Dylon Ayuso was the top scorer for Invaders with 18 pts. In game 3, Benque Power (#3) was able to bounce back from their Friday night loss, to even up the series, 1-1, against Falcon Ballers (#2), as they won 60-52. Benque Power was led by Brandon Flowers, who had the game high with 27 pts, while Ivan Flowers sank 13 pts, and Roberto “Mosho” Castellanos scored 12 pts. The top scorers for Falcon Ballers were Anfernee Young with 14 pts, and Elliott “Tito” Bermudez with 10 pts. These two teams will play the third and deciding game on Friday to see who will advance to the finals versus the home-town team, Panthers. In game 4, Yabra (#2) blew out Eagles (#3), 85-24, to advance to the championship series in the Over 35 division versus Roaring Creek Special Effects. The top scorers for Yabra were Gasden Ferguson with 19 pts, Vince “Post” Estrada with 15 pts, Cassian “Russian” Flowers with 14 pts, and Kevin Domingo with 11 pts. Eagles, was led by Lupito Acosta and Douglas Smith, who netted 9 and 6 pts, respectively. In the nightcap, Panthers (#1) was able to sweep the series against Tuff Enuff, winning, 36-33, in the Senior Division. Dijon McNabb was the top scorer for Panthers with 8 pts, while David Frutos and Garret Bermudez netted 7 and 6 pts, respectively. Tuff Enuff was led by Stanley Tomas, who scored 12 pts, while Andrew “Bynum” Ortiz and Orland Ferguson finished with 6 pts each.

This coming weekend will see a few game threes, if needed, while the BECOL basketball finals will tip off for all five divisions. The finals will be best-of-three series.

Upcoming games:

Thursday, November 26
6:30 p.m. – (U19) SHC (#2) vs Alpha Warriors (#3) – if necessary
7:30 p.m. – (U23) Santiago Juan (#2) vs Spartans (#3) – if necessary
(Game 2 in both of the above series is being played tonight, Monday.)

Friday, November 27
6:30 p.m. – (F) Benque Queens (#1) vs Belmopan Shock (#2)
7:30 p.m. – (O35) Roaring Creek Special Effects (#1) vs Yabra (#2)
8:30 p.m. – (Senior) Falcon Ballers (#2) vs Benque Power (#3)

Saturday, November 28
6:30 p.m. – (F) Benque Queens (#1) vs Belmopan Shock (#2)
7:30 p.m. – (U23) Light & Peace (#1) vs Santiago Juan/Spartans
8:30 p.m. – (Senior) Panthers (#1) vs Falcon Ballers/Benque Power

(SSBA – San Ignacio/Santa Elena Basketball Association)

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