Sports — 01 March 2016 — by Karim Juan - NEBL Commissioner

SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Sun. Feb. 28, 2016–Belmopan Bandits stuns Smart in the Hurricane Shelter: On Friday night, Smart Belize Hurricanes hosted Belmopan Bandits at the Belize Elementary School gym, in a rematch of a thrilling season opener. The home team jumped out to an early 20-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter; and at the half, Smart Belize Hurricanes was able to extend that lead to 12 points, going into the fourth quarter with a 63-58 lead. Belmopan Bandits was able to cut the lead to 2 points midway through the fourth quarter, and with great end-of-game execution, secured a huge win for their team, claiming the 85-83 victory.

American import Nick Brown was the top scorer for Belmopan Bandits (3-4) with 24 pts to go with 6 boards and 3 steals. Jarrel “Bird” Velasquez tallied 17 pts, 6 rebs and 3 assists, while Kurt “Chengo” Burgess finished with a double-double with 15 pts and 10 rebs, with 4 assists and 2 steals. Stephen “Muerte” Williams and Kyle Pascascio chipped in with 12 and 11 pts, respectively.

Smart Belize Hurricanes (6-1) was led by Farron Louriano who had the game high with 30 pts and game high 14 rebs and 5 steals, while Darwin “Puppy” Leslie finished with 15 pts, 5 caroms and 3 steals. Ty Bradley tallied 10 pts and 5 rebs, while Brian White finished the game with 8 pts and 14 rebs.

Smart Belize Hurricanes out-rebounded Belmopan Bandits, 58-38, but Bandits shot 38% from the field, capitalizing on their opportunities, compared to Hurricanes’ 33% shooting from the field. Belmopan Bandits was only able to muster 6 pts off the bench, compared to Hurricanes’ 14 pts, and had the 18-7 advantage on second chance points.

Griga Warriors was ready for battle in rematch versus Belize City No Limit

Dangriga Warriors hosted Belize City No Limit on Saturday night at the Ecumenical College in Dangriga Town, in an attempt to even their regular season meetings. The Warriors jumped out to an early 21-14 first quarter lead, which they never relinquished, maintaining a double digit lead most of the game, to seal the 81-67 victory.

Dangriga Warriors (5-3) was led by James Ewing with the game high 23 pts, 7 rebs and 3 assists, while Edgar Mitchell is having his break-out season, tallying 18 pts, 6 rebs and 3 assists. Jamir Flores scored 13 pts to go with 4 rebs, 3 assists and an impressive 8 steals, while league-leading rebounder Macario Augustine finished with 6 pts and 12 rebs.
Gregory “Chippy” Rudon was the top scorer for Belize City No Limit (2-3) with 18 pts, 6 rebs, 2 assists and 2 steals, as he continues to struggle on offense, as the defending scoring title holder. Michael Babbles and Earl “Bolo” Johnson finished the game with 12 and 10 pts, respectively.
Dangriga Warriors out-rebounded Belize City No Limit, 46-43, while having the 10-2 bench, points advantage.
Western Ballaz back to their winning ways, as Independence continues to struggle
Cayo Western Ballaz traveled down south to take on Independence Thunderbolts on Saturday night. Independence Thunderbolts play significantly better on their home court, always striking first and putting up a much better fight down south, compared to their road games. Cayo Western Ballaz had a 20-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Independence Thunderbolts quickly turned things around to take a 43-41 lead going into intermission. At the end of the third quarter, the visitors were able to reclaim the lead, claiming the 93-80 win.
Cayo Western Ballaz’ (4-3) top scorer was Winston Pratt, who had the game high with 28 pts, 8 assists and 5 rebs, while Milton James finished with a double-double of 28 pts, 11 boards and 3 assists. Brandon Flowers chipped in with 17 pts and 9 rebs in the win.
Independence Thunderbolts (0-8) was led by Alroy Foreman with 22 pts and 5 rebs, while Lisaney Lambey tallied 17 pts, 3 rebs and 3 assists. Dominique Guzman and Kareem Andrews scored 13 and 10 pts, respectively for the home squad.
Cayo Western Ballaz dished out 19 assists compared to Independence Thunderbolts’ 9, while having the 20-12 edge on points off turnovers. Independence Thunderbolts’ bench outscored Ballaz bench, 38-21.
Orange Walk falls short in home game opener, as Hurricanes continue to dominate
On Saturday night, Orange Walk Running Rebels hosted their first home game of the season, as Smart Belize Hurricanes traveled up north. Coming off a loss on Friday night, Smart Belize Hurricanes were focused and ready to quickly turn things around, and they opened up an early 25-15 lead, which they increased to 40-23 at half time. The visiting team held on to the lead the entire game, handily winning 98-47.
Smart Belize Hurricanes (7-1) was led by Farron Louriano, who had another great game with 28 pts, 8 rebs and 6 steals, while Glency Lopez posted 14 pts. Akeem Watters tallied 12 pts, 9 boards and 2 assists, while Randy Usher finished the night with 12 pts, 4 rebs, 6 assists and 7 steals, and Jacob Leslie netted 10 pts.
Orange Walk Running Rebels was led by Roger Reneau with 13 pts, 6 steals, 5 rebs and 2 assists. Jason Grant posted a double-double with 10 pts and 11 rebs, while Calbert Carcamo finished with 10 pts.
Smart Belize Hurricanes out-rebounded Orange Walk Running Rebels 59-36, while having the lead for the entire game. The visiting team also had a 25-10 advantage on fast break points, and a 40-14 advantage on points off the bench.
Upcoming games:
Friday at 9 p.m. – Smart Belize Hurricanes at Cayo Western Ballaz
Friday at 9 p.m. – Belize City No Limit at Orange Walk Running Rebels
Friday at 9 p.m. – Belmopan Bandits at Dangriga Warriors
Saturday at 9 p.m. – Independence Thunderbolts at Belize City No Limit
Saturday at 9 p.m. – Cayo Western Ballaz at San Pedro Tiger Sharks
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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