Sports — 05 August 2017 — by Kenneth Dawson – BBSF President
Belikin 8-Ball Tournament 2017 updates

ORANGE WALK TOWN, Tue. Aug. 1, 2017-Orange Walk Belikin 8-Ball Tournament
The top 4 teams heading to the semifinals in the 2017 Orange Walk Belikin 8-Ball Billiards Tournament are as follows: Team Picame with 81 points and one game remaining; Eagles with 73 points and no games left; Infierno with 67 points and no games left; Chatta with 60 points and one game remaining. The semifinals start this Friday at 7:00 p.m. with Infierno vs Eagles; and on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., it is Team Picame vs Chatta’s. Both games are home-and-away, as Sunday’s action sees game-two starting at 1:00 p.m. with Eagles vs Infierno, and at 4:00 p.m., it will be Team Picame vs Chatta’s. Any team with 6 individual player victories, advances to the Finals.

Orange Walk MVP is Kenneth Dawson with a personal record of 18 wins and 1 loss.

Belize (City) Belikin 8-Ball Tournament
After seven weeks of competition amongst seven teams in Belize City, four teams have emerged victorious to move on to the semifinal rounds. They are #1 seed Long Island Bar, #2 seed MJ’s; #3 seed Five Brothers; and #4 seed Alley’s Store, playing out of Lion King. Of note, Manuel Ramos ended the season with the best record. Tonight’s semifinal games start at home with Long Island hosting Alley’s Store. Tomorrow will see MJ’s hosting 5 Brothers. Wednesday  and  Thursday will have teams playing away games. The winners move on to the finals, which are slated to start next week Wednesday.

Scott Galvez proved himself to be the most improved player, based on information received from different players.

Belmopan Belikin 8-Ball Tournament 
Belmopan completed its Belikin 8-Ball Tournament on Sunday, July 30, at Mike’s Cue Club.

The face-off was between Salvapan Shattaz and BRC Shooters. Shattaz had beaten BRC on Wednesday night with a score of 3-2.  BRC Shooters came back heavily armed, and won the game, 3-2, forcing a tie-breaker. For BRC Shooters, Oscar Avelar started off and won over Orlando Casanova, 3-2; followed by Tim Banman, who blanked Moises Aguirre, 3-zip; Wayne Wiltshire lost in an upset to Elder Paredes, 3-2; Mark Trujillo beat Rony Ramos, 3-1; and Salvador Orellana lost to Juan Guzman.

The tie-breaker game consisted of best-out-of-three players, where Wayne Wiltshire took on Orlando Casanova, who beat him, 3-2; followed by BRC’s MVP winner, Oscar Avelar, who proved his MVP status once again by beating Elder Paredes, 3-1. Down to the wire, the pressure got to Juan Guzman for Shattaz, who was defeated by a winner-hungry Mark Trujillo, 3-1.

Congrats to the BRC Shooters, who have earned a spot at the Nationals in Belize City, August 19 and 20.

Cayo Belikin 8-Ball Tournament
In Cayo, they have reached the end of their regular season, where anything could have happened for the 3rd spot in the playoff. Nevertheless, after team Yu Neva Know seemed set to make playoff, team Money Shooters walked away with the seed after Sunday’s game against team Pill Shooters, winning 4-1. We now have going into the playoff, which kicks off on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. inside CK Sports Bar, team CK Shooters sitting in first with 26 points; team It Is What It Is seeding second with 25 points; and team Money Shooters got lucky at 3rd seed with 19 points, to round off the 3-team playoffs.
Stann Creek Belikin 8-Ball Tournament

Stann Creek District played the first 3rd-place game on Saturday, July 29, where Santa Cruz Scorpion defeated Dangriga Snipers by a score of 3 to 2 at E&E Cool Spot in Santa Cruz. The second game will be played at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night, August 5, at Ninja Mac Bar in Dangriga. Also, the first finals game was played on Sunday, July 30, at 2:00 p.m. at Big Mangoes Restaurant and bar where Steadfast Boys defeated Big Mangoes Shattaz by a score of 3 to 2. On Saturday, August 5, they will be playing game 2 at Green Hill Bar, starting at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Davin Forman, from team Big Mangoes Shattaz, is still standing out for MVP with 15 straight wins. Big-up Darvin as MVP in Stann Creek.

Toledo Belikin 8-Ball Tournament
The regular season for Toledo’s Belikin 8-Ball Billiards Tournament is coming to its end, as Challengers seems determined to become champs, after missing the boat last year. They are currently the #1 seed with 70 points, followed by defending champs, Anaconda with a distant 46 points. Shooters and Lucky Dip follow with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

MVP candidates are Horace Arnold and Marvin Bahadur, who are both undefeated.

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