Sports — 19 March 2016
All Star Night, March 19

SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Sun. Mar. 13, 2016–All Star Night: The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be hosting its second annual All-Star Night on Saturday, March 19, at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan. The activities will commence at 7:00 p.m. with the Wings Stop Skills Challenge, followed by its first ever VIP Wireless Celebrity Game. At 8:30 p.m., the Aguada Hotel Three-Point Shootout will get underway, as a new champion will be crowned this year, given that Richard Troyer will not be defending his title. In the All Star game, the South will be defending its crown; and the nightcap will witness the Slam Dunk Contest, as home town baller, Jarrel “Bird” Velasquez will be defending his title on his home turf.. The night promises to be packed with great excitement and entertainment. The biggest feature of the night is the first ever live camera in a sporting arena in Belize, with replay of the best plays and shots, as they are transpiring.

Celebrity Game

The NEBL will be hosting its first ever Celebrity Game, with debut from Indira Craig, Chester Williams, Jules Vasquez, Maestro, Mad Bull, Tarun Butcher, Wil Maheia, Allison “Harrier” Laing, Paul Thompson, TR Shine, Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn, Evan “Duck” Garnett, Nigel Miguel, “Yellow” Gaynair, Tarike “Soup” Campbell, Kaya Cattouse, Alfred Ayuso, Anthony Mahler, Karim Berges and other big names. You surely will not want to miss out on this great game, as the stars will be out in full force at the UB gymnasium on Saturday night.

All Star Game

The All Star Game will see the North versus the South. The starters were selected by popular fan vote, via Facebook likes. The remaining seven reserves were selected by team managers.

The North is comprised of players from Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize City No Limit, Smart Belize Hurricanes and San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The teams from the South are Cayo Western Ballaz, Belmopan Bandits, Dangriga Warriors and Independence Thunderbolt.

The starters for the North are Roger Reneau (Orange Walk Running Rebels), Ashton Edwards (San Pedro Tiger Sharks), Brian White (Smart Belize Hurricanes), Darwin “Puppy” Leslie (Smart Belize Hurricanes) and Gene Myvett (San Pedro Tiger Sharks). The reserves for the North are Gregory Rudon (Belize City No Limit), Michael Bables (Belize City No Limit), Glency Lopez (Smart Belize Hurricanes), Farron Louriano (Smart Belize Hurricanes), Raul Roches (San Pedro Tiger Sharks), Caleb Sutton (San Pedro Tiger Sharks) and Jason Grant (Orange Walk Running Rebels). The North team will be coached by Darren Bovell from Smart Belize Hurricanes, who has a 9-1 record.

The starting five for the South Team are Hyram Augustine (Independence Thunderbolts), Elvis Usher (Cayo Western Ballaz), James Ewing (Dangriga Warriors), Macario Augustine (Dangriga Warriors) and Kurt Burgess (Belmopan Bandits). Edgar Mitchell (Dangriga Warriors) will replace the injured Elvis Usher as a starter, based on fan votes on Facebook. The reserves for the South are Jarrel Velasquez (Belmopan Bandits), Ivan Flowers (Cayo Western Ballaz), Winston Pratt (Cayo Western Ballaz), Brandon Flowers (Cayo Western Ballaz), James Milton (Cayo Western Ballaz), Daniel Nolberto (Dangriga Warriors) and Quinton Bowen (Dangriga Warriors). The South squad will be coached by Douglas Smith from Cayo Western Ballaz, who has a 6-5 record.

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