SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Sun. Apr. 17, 2016–Belmopan Bandits clinched #2 seed with a win versus San Pedro Tiger Sharks:
Belmopan Bandits, who are presently on a 7-game winning streak, hosted the two-time defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan on Friday night. The winner of this game clinched the #2 seed and home court advantage in the semifinals. Belmopan Bandits controlled the tempo of the game, nursing an early 33-31 lead at intermission. The lead was extended to 53-47 at the end of third quarter, and Belmopan Bandits was able to seal the 70-65 victory.
The top scorer for Belmopan Bandits (10-4) was Jarrel Velasquez, who had the game high with 24 pts, 6 assists, 6 rebs and 2 steals; while Nick Brown tallied 16 pts, 6 rebs and 3 assists. Kurt “Chengo” Burgess finished the night with 13 rebs, 9 pts and 3 assists.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks (8-5) was led by Caleb Sutton who recorded 18 pts, 7 rebs, 3 steals and 2 dimes. Tyrone Edwards tallied 14 pts, 3 steals and 3 assists; and Gene Myvett finished the night, with 8 pts, 4 rebs, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Belmopan Bandits out-rebounded San Pedro Tiger Sharks, 38-30, while both teams shot over 42% from the field. Belmopan Bandits shot 70% from the free throw line, hitting 14 of 20 attempts; while San Pedro shot 53% from the charity stripe, making 8 of 15 shots.
Smart Belize Hurricanes ends regular season on top
by Charles Gladden
On Friday night, Belize City No Limit hosted their fellow city rivals, Smart Belize Hurricanes, in a match to see who is the best in the city, this being the final game of the regular season for both teams. At the end of the first quarter, the game was tied; and by halftime, Smart Belize Hurricanes obtained a 6 point lead going into the other half. Eventually, Smart Belize Hurricanes won the game by a margin of 10 points, 81–71.
Belize City No Limit ended the game with three players in double-digit scoring: Jamaal Augustine finished with 18 pts, 2 rebs, 2 steals and 1 assist; Keith Acosta with 16 pts, 9 rebs, 2 blocked shots, 1 assists, and 1 steal; Lennox Bowman finished with 11 pts, 4 rebs, and got one of each on the stat sheet, respectively, in assist, steal and blocked shot.
Meanwhile, Smart Belize Hurricanes ended the game with only two players scoring in double digits: Jarrett Jones with 10 pts, 5 rebs 4 blocked shots and 1 steal; and Glency Lopez with 13 pts, 4 assists and 3 steals. Both players came off the bench.
Smart Belize Hurricanes has become one of two teams in the NEBL this season to end the regular season in double-digit wins, and this was the best season for them in franchise history.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks defeated Orange Walk Running Rebels in season finale
On Saturday night, San Pedro Tiger Sharks hosted Orange Walk Running Rebels at the San Pedro High School auditorium. From the first quarter, the home team blew open the game with a 26-9 first quarter lead that they never relinquished, easily winning 93-62.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Caleb Sutton, who tallied 21 pts, 7 rebs, 4 steals and 2 assists. Douglas Valley had the best game of his NEBL career with 20 pts, 4 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals; while Douglas Penland netted 12 pts to go with 3 assists and 2 steals; and Afrie Black finished with 11 pts, 4 steals and 3 rebs. Louis Pitterson had a double-double with 10 pts, and 10 rebs; while Gene Myvett recorded the first ever triple-double in league history with 10 pts, 10 rebs and 10 assists.
Tyron Baptist was the top scorer for Orange Walk Running Rebels with 20 pts, 3 rebs, 3 assists and 2 steals; while Lupito Acosta tallied 12 pts, 5 rebs and 2 assists. Jason Grant finished the night with 10 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assists and 2 steals; while Calbert Carcamo and Shemar White finished with 9 pts apiece.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks had the 49-39 rebounding edge and the 18-4 advantage on second chance points.
Orange Walk Running Rebels falls to Cayo Western Ballaz and Dangriga in Sugar City
On Friday night, Cayo Western Ballaz traveled up north to take on Orange Walk Running Rebels at the Orange Walk Multi Purpose Complex. After a hotly contested battle, Cayo Western Ballaz was able to seal the 64-60 victory. Orange Walk Running Rebels then hosted Dangriga Warriors on Sunday afternoon in their third game of the weekend. Dangriga Warriors was able to finish the season with a win over Orange Walk Running Rebels.
The NEBL playoffs will use a best-of-three format, with the higher seeded team having the home court advantage. Smart Belize Hurricanes (#1) and Dangriga Warriors (#4) split their season series, where both teams won at home. Smart Belize Hurricanes is in the playoffs for the first time, while Dangriga Warriors is returning for their second straight season as the #4 seed. Similarly, Belmopan Bandits (#2) and San Pedro Tiger Sharks (#3) won 1 game each, with both victories coming at home. For the third straight season, Belmopan Bandits and San Pedro Tiger Sharks have met in the semifinals. San Pedro has won the series in the two previous years, but this year Belmopan has home court advantage for the first time.
Playoff schedule – Semifinals
- Thursday night at 9 p.m. – San Pedro Tiger Sharks at Belmopan Bandits
- Friday night at 9 p.m. – Dangriga Warriors at Smart Belize Hurricanes
- Saturday night at 9 p.m. – Belmopan Bandits at San Pedro Tiger Sharks
- Saturday night at 9 p.m. – Smart Belize Hurricanes at Dangriga Warriors
All games can be followed live on our website at nebl.sportingpulse.net, with real time box scores, while the game is being played. The website also has all game scores, box scores, players’ and teams’ statistics, along with standings for the season.