Sports — 03 March 2015 — by Karim Juan - NEBL Commissioner
NEBL wraps up Week 4 with some key game match-ups

SAN IGNACIO, CAYO, Mon. Mar. 1, 2015–The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) is one month into its second annual basketball season, as teams can now be better gauged by their performance on the court. Fans are reminded that all games have a live webcast, where the play-by-play, along with box scores are available for all games. Fans can follow every game live on the internet, as scores are in real time. The games can be accessed from our website at nebl.sportingpulse.net

Belmopan Red Taigaz extends winning streak to 3 games

On Friday night, the Belmopan Red Taigaz (3-1) headed to Belize City on a 2-game winning streak to take on the Belize City No Limit (1-3) at Bird’s Isle. After a blowout in the season opener, Belmopan Red Taigaz has bounced back by stringing together a 3 game winning streak, after defeating Belize City No Limit 100-79, being the first team to crack the century mark in scoring for this season. Belmopan Red Taigaz was led by last year’s MVP, Farron Louriano, who had the game high with 28 points, while finishing the night with 10 rebounds, to record his first double-double of the season. Point guard Terrell Eskridge and Jarrel “Bird” Velasquez scored 14 points apiece, while Travis Lennan and Jamal Harris chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively. In a losing effort, the home team, Belize City No Limit was led by Belmopan native Rhetton Belisle who scored 23 points, while Lennox Bowman and John Rudon netted 11 points each, and Gregory “Chippy” Rudon tallied 10 points. With the loss, last year’s playoff team, Belize City No Limit desperately needs a win to bounce back, as teams are slowly separating themselves in the standings.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks rolls past Toledo Diplomats

On Saturday night, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks (3-1) kept the home squad, Toledo Diplomats (0-4) at the bottom of the standings, defeating them 78 – 60 at the Julian Cho High School in Toledo. With the loss, the Toledo Diplomats remains as the only team that has not yet recorded a victory for this season. At the end of the third quarter, San Pedro Tiger Sharks was nursing a slim 6 point lead, but just like last week, they secured the win with a dominant fourth quarter performance. San Pedro was led by Milton James who finished with a double-double, tallying 18 points and 11 rebounds, with 3 blocked shots. Jamal Kelly had a break-out game with 15 points, while Andrew Ortiz finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Raul “Thumpy” Roches scored 11 points while grabbing 4 boards, and Darwin “Puppy” Leslie and Tryone Edwards tallied 8 points apiece. The Toledo Diplomats had Jiovanni Arzu as the game high scorer with 24 points, 4 assists, 4 steals and 4 rebounds. Shamir Martinez finished the night with 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Daniel Valerio scored 8 points.

Cayo Western Ballaz rolls in ‘Griga

On Saturday night, Dangriga Warriors (2-2) played host to the only undefeated team in the league, the Cayo Western Ballaz (4-0) at the Ecumenical College in Dangriga, where the home team put up a fight, almost handing the visitors their first loss of the season. Going into fourth quarter, Dangriga Warriors had a one point lead, but were unable to secure the victory, missing some key free throws down the stretch, which allowed the Cayo Western Ballaz to come out with a 73-66 victory. The visiting team was led by Richard Troyer who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists, while Kurt “Chengo” Burgess tallied a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Keith Acosta had 10 points, while Ivan Flowers scored 8 points. For the home team, Brandon Flowers was huge for Dangriga Warriors, finishing the night with a double-double, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds, while Trevaughn Usher had 15 points with 2 steals. Macario Augustine scored 9 points while grabbing 13 rebounds, and Edgar Mitchell tallied 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Orange Walk Running Rebels came out with a huge home win On Saturday night, Orange Walk Running Rebels (2-2) defeated the visiting team, Belize Hurricanes (1-4) at the Orange Walk Multi Purpose Building in Orange Walk Town. Orange Walk was able to close out a keenly contested game, finishing strong down the stretch to hold on to their fourth quarter lead. Orange Walk was led by Randy Usher who had the game high with 25 points and 2 assists, while Ian Carcamo and Alton Herrera finished the game with 10 points apiece, and Roger Reneau chipped in 9 points for the home team. In a losing effort, Belize Hurricanes was led by Tariq Middleton who scored 18 points, including 4 three pointers, and he was the only player who scored in double digits for the visitors. Akeem Trapp and Ty Bradley netted 8 points apiece for the Hurricanes.

FIBA rule changes

There are a few rule changes that came into effect in October, 2014 which the league has implemented this season. The penalty for a technical foul is now only ONE free throw and possession of the ball and not two free throws. Any player or coach who receives two technical fouls will be disqualified from the game. Prior to the rule change, a player could have accumulated as many as five technical fouls in a game. Lastly, teams are allowed 3 time-outs in the second half; but with the rule change, only 2 time-outs can be used in the last 2 minutes of the game.

Upcoming Games

On Thursday night, Belmopan Red Taigaz (3-1) will host the Orange Walk Running Rebels (2-2) at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan City, as the home team will try to extend their winning streak to 4 games. On Friday night, Cayo Western Ballaz (4-0) will take their home court in an attempt to remain undefeated, as Belize City No Limit (1-3) will travel to San Ignacio to try and be the first team to hand them a loss. On Saturday night, Toledo Diplomats (0-4) will travel to Belize City to take on the Belize Hurricanes (1-3) at the Belize Elementary School Gym; while San Pedro Tiger Sharks (3-1) will host the Dangriga Warriors (2-2) at the San Pedro High School in San Pedro. Games on Thursdays and Saturdays tip off at 8:00 p.m., while all Friday night games start at 9:00 p.m.

NEBL 2015 – Basketball at its best!

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