BELIZE CITY–The Central Secondary Schools Sports Association (CSSSA) Basketball Tournament 2014-2015, held its knockout male quarterfinal playoffs at Bird’s Isle on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The female semifinals began yesterday, Wednesday, and today, Thursday, one female semifinal is scheduled along with a male semifinal match-up. The semifinals are best-of-2 games, while the finals, which begin on Monday, will be best-of-3 games series.
In the male quarterfinal opener on Monday, November 24, Anglican Cathedral College (ACC) crushed Excelsior High School (EHS) by a 64-41 score; and in the nightcap, it was St. John’s College (SJC) with the 63-50 win over Edward P. Yorke High (EPY).
On Tuesday, in the other pair of male quarterfinals, the first game saw Sadie Vernon Technical (SVT) gaining the 59-54 win over Wesley College (WES). Top scorers for Sadie Vernon were Glency Lopez 21 pts and Raheem Staine 13 pts; while Wesley was led by Shaquille Crawford 23 pts and S. Morris 9 pts. And in the last male quarterfinal, Gwen Lizzaraga High (GLH) cruised to a 39-22 victory over Maude Williams High (MWH). Darney Garcia 19 pts and Karl Smith 12 pts led the way for Gwen Liz; while D. Baptist 15 pts and K. Noralez 13 pts were top scorers for Ladyville Tech.
Excelsior High, E.P. Yorke, Wesley and Maude Williams High have all thus been eliminated from the male playoffs; while ACC, SJC, Sadie Vernon and Gwen Liz move on to the best-of-2 male semifinals.
The best-of-2 games female semifinals got under way yesterday, Wednesday, with Gwen Liz meeting Maude Williams High, and SCA taking on Wesley. In the opener, it was Gwen Liz, 39-22, over Maude Williams. Kayla Bowen had 23 pts and Tyra Moreira 11pts for Gwen Liz; while Latifa Ferguson 12 pts and Ashley Bailey 10 pts top scored for Maude Williams. And in the nightcap, SCA won a nail biter, 17-16, over Wesley. Halle Spence and Indi Dixon tallied 6pts apiece for SCA; while Wesley was led by Shanice Neal 8 pts and Kristy Terry 6 pts.
Today, Thursday, the decisive second female semifinal matches SCA vs Wesley; and in their first male semifinal meeting, the nightcap features ACC vs Sadie Vernon.
Tomorrow, Friday, the other female semifinal series will culminate with Gwen Liz facing Maude Williams again. That will be followed by the first male semifinal meeting between SJC and Gwen Liz.
The second male semifinal match-ups take place on Saturday morning, beginning at 10:00 a.m., and will feature ACC vs Sadie Vernon, and SJC vs Gwen Liz.
In case of a series split, winners of the semifinal series will be determined by aggregate points scored over the two games played.
The finals, however, will be best-of-3 games series, so the margin of victory does not matter. Games are set for Monday, Wednesday and Friday (if necessary) of next week.