Sports — 30 May 2018 — by Karim Juan - NEBL Commissioner
Is the NEBL championship dance too big for the Cinderella team?

SAN IGNACIO/SANTA ELENA, CAYO, Sun. May 27, 2018– Game 2 of the Pepsi NEBL Finals will take place on Friday, June 1, as Smart Belize Hurricanes will try to sweep the series and grab their second NEBL championship in the past 3 years.  Their city counterparts, DigiCell Belize City Defenders will be forced to defend the city in order to keep their championship hopes alive and extend the series to a decisive game 3.

Their two regular season match-ups witnessed two blowout games, with both teams winning at home.  In the first game, Defenders won by 18 points, only to be blown out by 20 points by Smart Belize Hurricanes in the last regular season game in the inauguration of the Belize Civic Center.

Game 1 of the finals saw another blowout game, where Smart Belize Hurricanes pounced on Digicell Belize City Defenders, winning by 29 points, while holding the Defenders to a season low, 41 points.  This was the largest margin of victory in the NEBL Finals.

Regular season MVP, Nigel Jones, and two-time Finals MVP, Darwin “Puppy” Leslie will both need to show up big for game 2 to keep their championship run going.  Can Defenders slow down the offensive flow of the Hurricanes squad, while also mustering points against a stingy and stifling Hurricanes defense?

Before tip-off on Friday night, the NEBL will be giving out the season awards to all winners.

Upcoming Finals Game 2 schedule:

Friday, June 1 – DigiCell Belize City Defenders vs Smart Belize Hurricanes at the Belize Civic
Center in Belize City at 9:00 p.m.

(Amandala Sports Ed. Note:  Finals Game 1 stats show Hurricanes’ Glency Lopez with 24 pts 4 rebs 7 assts, Brian White 11 pts 10 rebs, Kurt Burgess 13 rebs 6 assts, Devin Daly 9 pts 3 rebs, Akeem Watters 7 pts 6 rebs; while Defenders’ Jacob Leslie had 9 pts, Lincey Lopez 8 pts 2 rebs, and Nigel Jones 7 pts 8 rebs.)

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