While Orange Walk had “Cat” as the master of the basketball court, Belize City also had its boss a time later in the likes of “Pulu” Lightburn. I did not witness his prowess in the city, but I saw his talent at a Mexican Interstate tournament played in Chetumal. I cannot recall the year but I do recall some of his teammates: Emil Grinage (Customs officer), Charles Goff, Frankie something (a sharpshooter for the team), cannot remember the rest.
The tournament lasted a couple days at the “Palacio de los Deportes” in Chetumal with all Mexican states participating and Belize being an invited guest. After beating all the rest the teams that qualified for the finals were Belize and Mexico City. To beat a Mexican squad in Mexico at a final is one of the most difficult tasks on this planet: ask anyone. The Belize team led by “Pulu” nearly accomplished this feat, but the Mexicans inserted a huge center who dominated the boards; Charles Goff did a wonderful job against him, but he was too much.
We lost a very hotly contested game but gained the respect of the Mexicans because of Pulu’s fantastic playing. Maybe Pulu can recall that tournament.