Sports — 12 April 2016 — by Karim Juan - NEBL Commissioner
NEBL playoff teams set

IGNACIO TOWN, Sun. Apr. 10, 2016–Bandits beat Ballaz in Belmopan:

On Friday night, Cayo Western Ballaz took on their district rivals, Belmopan Bandits, at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan, with huge playoff implications hinging on this game. A win and Ballaz is in the playoffs, and a loss would send them home for the first time in three years, after reaching the finals the previous two years. At the half, Belmopan was up 35-24, but the lead was cut to three points, 50-47, going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth and decisive quarter, Belmopan opened the lead behind a few three-point shots, easily winning 73-57. With the loss, the Western Ballaz will not make the playoffs this season, while Belmopan Bandits is riding a 7-game winning streak going into the last weekend of the regular season.

The top scorer for Belmopan Bandits (8-4) was Jarrell Velasquez with 21 points, 5 dishes and 3 rebounds; while Nick Brown finished with a double-double, tallying 16 pts and ripping 11 rebs. Kyle Pascascio contributed 14 pts, 9 rebs, 3 assists and 3 steals, to go with 4 three-pointers; and Stephen “Muerte” Williams finished the night with 11 pts and 8 rebs.

Cayo Western Ballaz (7-6) was led by Brandon Flowers, who had the game high with 22 pts and 9 rebs, while Jamal Harris was the only other player in double-digit scoring, with 11 pts.

Belmopan Bandits out-rebounded Cayo Western Ballaz, 45-33, while having a 21-5 advantage on second chance points. The home team sank 12 three-pointers, compared to only 4 from the visitors.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks bounces back against Belize City No Limit

San Pedro Tiger Sharks traveled to Bird’s Isle on Friday night to take on Belize City No Limit, as both teams were trying to bounce back from a loss last week. The Tiger Sharks jumped out to an early 18-10 first quarter lead, maintaining a double-digit lead for most of the game, to get the 68-55 victory.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks’ (7-4) top scorers were Caleb Sutton with 20 pts and 3 steals, and Raul Roches with 13 pts, 9 rebs and 3 steals.

Belize City No Limit (4-8) was led by Gregory “Chippy” Rudon, who tallied 15 pts, 7 assists, 4 steals and 2 rebs, and Keith “Superman” Acosta finished with 10 pts, 7 rebs, 3 steals and 2 assists.

San Pedro had the 40-32 edge on the glass, and also the 23-14 advantage on points off turnovers.

Hyram Augustine sets franchise record for NEBL with 14 steals

by Charles Gladden

On Saturday night, Independence Thunderbolts traveled to Belize City, at the Belize Elementary Gym, for their final regular season meeting with Smart Belize Hurricanes. The Thunderbolts held a 22–20 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the home team, the Hurricanes, gained the lead at 37-36 at halftime. After halftime, Smart Belize Hurricanes just ran away with the lead, and got their final home win for the season, with a margin of 28 points, 92–64.

Smart Belize Hurricanes (11-2) had 3 players scoring in double-digits: Farron Louriano, who got a double-double, 22 pts, 14 rebs, 2 assists and 2 steals; Akeem Watters, who also got a double-double, finished with 17 pts, 10 rebs, 2 steals, and 1 blocked shot; and rookie sensation Glency Lopez finished the night with 11 pts, 3 rebs, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Independence Thunderbolts (0-11) had 2 players scoring in double-digits: Zane Burgess with 12 pts, 5 rebs, 3 steals, 2 assists, and 2 blocked shots; and Hyram Augustine, who finished with a double-double, 30 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assists, 1 blocked shot, and setting a franchise high and new NEBL record for Most Steals in a Game with 14 steals.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks got 2 wins over the weekend

San Pedro Tiger Sharks traveled to Orange Walk on Saturday night to take on the Running Rebels, after coming off a win against Belize City No Limit on Friday night. The Tiger Sharks jumped out to a 24-11 first quarter lead, which they never relinquished, easily winning 89-49.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks’ (8-4) top scorer was Caleb Sutton, who scored 21 pts, to go with 4 steals and 3 rebs; while Andrew Ortiz finished the night with 17 pts and 8 boards. Jamal Kelly chipped in 10 pts in the win.

Orange Walk Running Rebels (2-8) was led by Ian Carcamo, who tallied a double-double with 13 pts, 10 rebs and 2 steals; while Jason Grant also recorded a double-double with 12 pts and 10 boards.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks had the slight 36-32 rebounding edge, while holding a 12-2 advantage on second chance points. San Pedro dominated the paint, outscoring Orange Walk 50-28, while leading the entire game.

Orange Walk Running Rebels defeats Independence Thunderbolts

On Sunday afternoon, Orange Walk Running Rebels hosted the Independence Thunderbolts at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Complex up north. The visitors held a 16-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Orange Walk was able to grab a 28-24 lead by half time. At the end of third quarter, the Thunderbolts regained the lead, 48-42; and half-way through the fourth quarter, the visiting team was nursing a 54-50 lead. However, the home team went on a 22-5 run to end the game, getting the 72-59 victory.

Orange Walk Running Rebels (3-8) was led by Gabriel Bochnia, who netted 17 pts; while Calbert Carcamo tallied 13 pts, 8 rebs, 3 steals and 2 assists. Jason Grant, Lupito Acosta and Ian Carcamo all scored 10 pts each.

Hyram Augustine was the top scorer for Independence Thunderbolts (0-12) with 27 pts, 5 rebs and 2 assists; while Aaron Valerio finished the night with 14 pts and 2 boards.
The Running Rebels had the 35-26 advantage on the boards, and their bench outscored the Thunderbolts, 28-15.

Playoff Matchups

With only 1 week remaining in the regular season, the four playoff teams have already been decided. The other 4 teams have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Below are the playoff scenarios for the seeding of teams going into the playoffs.

1] Smart Belize Hurricanes – clinched the #1 seed

2] Belmopan Bandits – must win last 2 games versus San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Independence Thunderbolts to clinch the #2 seed. A loss will drop them to either #3 or #4 seed, depending on the tie-breaker with Dangriga.

3] San Pedro Tiger Sharks – must win their last 2 games versus Belmopan Bandits and Orange Walk Running Rebels to clinch #2 seed. A loss will drop them to the #3 seed.

4] Dangriga Warriors – will be the #4 seed if Belmopan beats San Pedro. Will be #3 seed if San Pedro beats Belmopan and they have a bigger point differential than Belmopan for all games played this season.

Upcoming games:

Friday night at 9 p.m. – Smart Belize Hurricanes at Belize City No Limit

Friday night at 9 p.m. – San Pedro Tiger Sharks at Belmopan Bandits

Friday night at 9 p.m. – Cayo Western Ballaz at Orange Walk Running Rebels

Saturday night at 9 p.m. – Belmopan Bandits at Independence Thunderbolts

Saturday night at 9 p.m. – Orange Walk Running Rebels at San Pedro Tiger Sharks

Sunday at 1 p.m. – Independence Thunderbolts at Belize City No Limit

Sunday at 1 p.m. – Dangriga Warriors at Orange Walk Running Rebels

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.

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