Sports — 26 November 2016
Playoffs tip off this weekend in SSBA basketball out west

SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Mon. Nov. 21, 2016–The regular season came to a close this past weekend, as the association wrapped out a few rain-out games. However, a majority of the games had no playoff implications, so a few teams did not show up for their final game of the season.

On Friday night, Cayo Storm was a no-show, giving the victory to the undefeated and #1 seed, Pepsi Christian Ambassadors in the Under 19 division. In game 2, Belize Pet World also recorded a win, given that Invaders was unable to field 5 players in the Over 35 category. In the nightcap, Panthers edged out Police Stars, 50-45, as they fought for the #1 seed and the bye in the Senior Division. Winston Pratt was the top scorer for Panthers with 19 pts, while Johann “Cutto” Bermudez netted 14 pts. Police Stars was led by Andre Almendarez, who tallied 16 pts, and William Black chipped in with 11 pts.

On Saturday night, Cayo got the win in game 1, as Maria Change/4G Lyte was a no-show in the Over 35 division. In game 2, Panthers recorded their second win of the weekend in the Senior Division, since Tuff Enuff was a no-show. In the last scheduled game of the regular season, the boys from Sacred Heart Junior College got the win over City Boys in the Senior Division.

The playoffs tip off this weekend. The semi-finals will use a single-game knockout format, and the finals will be a best-of-three series.

Upcoming semi-final games:

Friday, November 25
6:30 p.m. – (F) Belmopan Shock #2 vs Lady Warriors #3
7:30 p.m. – (U19) Pepsi Christian Ambassadors #1 vs SHC #4
8:30 p.m. – (seniors) Police Stars #2B vs Tuff Enuff #3B

Saturday, November 26
6:30 p.m. – (U19) Kings #2 vs Belmopan #3
7:30 p.m. – (U23) Belmopan #1 vs Sergeant Peppers Savages #4
8:30 p.m. – (seniors) SHJC #2A vs Belmopan Wolves #3A

Next Friday, December 2
6:30 p.m. – (U23) McRoe Lions #2 vs Tuff Enuff #3
7:30 p.m. – (O35) Belmopan #2 vs Belize Pet World #3
8:30 p.m. – (seniors) Maraton Mambas #1A vs Police/Tuff Enuff

Next Saturday, December 3
7:30 p.m. – (O35) Tuff Enuff #1 vs Cayo #4
8:30 p.m. – (seniors) Panthers #1B vs SHJC/Belmopan Wolves

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