Sports — 22 April 2017 — by Bernard Wagner
NEBL “In the Paint”

Weekend games to decide who goes fishing

BELIZE CITY, Fri. Apr. 21, 2017–There is a bundle of games scheduled to be played in Week 15 of the 2017 NEBL Championship, which, for all intents and purposes, will determine who goes fishing, or who will be invited to the big dance.

The (8-3) San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the (7-3) Belmopan Bandits have already clinched spots to the big dance, while tonight’s match-up between the (3-6)’s Orange Walk Running Rebels and  defending champs Smart Hurricanes at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Center will more than likely take one of these teams off life-support system and gently put it to sleep. Whatever the outcome of tonight’s game, any one of these teams could be nominated for league’s biggest disappointment. You asked, why do we say this? Both rosters are blessed with some of Belize’s brightest talent; but for some unknown reason, none could muster any sort of consistency on a night-in night-out basis, both from an offensive and defensive perspective. The Running Rebels won the first meeting by the score of 86-84 on the road; however, the Hurricanes have shown a little life of late; but again, it may be just a case of … too little too late.

The other game scheduled for tonight between (2-8) Belize City No Limits and league leading San Pedro Tiger Sharks at the Belize Elementary Auditorium, should be a scalpers night-off, with the outcome having no actual bearing on the overall seeding. Even with a loss to No Limits, the Tiger Sharks should maintain the overall #1 seed, by virtue of the fact that, while they split the series with the Bandits, they won by a larger margin, which should, by all accounts, give them the edge.

Meanwhile, if the Hurricanes lose tonight to the Running Rebels, the game scheduled for tomorrow night at the Hurricane Center here in Belize City against the visiting (7-3) Bandits will have no meaning. However, if the Hurricanes are successful on the road tonight, tomorrow’s game should be very important in their late post-season push. Readers will recall that Belmopan was victorious in the first meeting at home, winning by the score of 93-92.

The situation is similar for the other scheduled Saturday night game, featuring visiting Orange Walk Running Rebels at (6-4) Dangriga Dream Ballers. The Ballers are coming off a very emotional win against the Tiger Sharks, and will obviously be looking to avenge an earlier 75-71 loss to the Rebels.

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