Sports — 06 May 2014 — by Kareem Clarke

Western Ballaz drop Smart No Limit at Bird’s Isle

A pivotal match to secure the home court advantage in the upcoming National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) playoffs turned out to be an exciting, high intensity showdown this evening at Bird’s Isle in Belize City, as the Western Ballaz of Cayo went up against Smart No Limit of Belize City.

Early in the game, it was all Smart No Limit, who jumped the Western Ballaz by 7 points with a score of 11-4 at 6:34 remaining in the first quarter; but by the end of that quarter, the Western Ballaz had taken the lead by 4 and brought the score to 21-17 in their favor.

The Western Ballaz continued to dominate the game throughout the second quarter, and by halftime, Smart No Limit was trailing by 6 points, 42-36.

Both teams seemed re-energized as they began the third quarter, and although Smart No Limit came within 1 point of the lead with 3:49 left in the quarter, the Western Ballaz retained control of the game, leading by 3 points, 57-54, at the end of the third.

Energies were certainly at an all-time high in the fourth and final quarter, and while Smart No Limit fought for the win with everything they had, their artillery was no match for the Western Ballaz, who held on to the lead, and even expanded it, which enabled the visitors to win comfortably by a score of 77-63.

Prior to the NEBL game, there was a thrilling re-match between the two male National High School Basketball finalists, Anglican Cathedral College (ACC) of Belize City and Sacred Heart College from Cayo.

In that game, the ACC boys avenged their loss in the National Finals by pummeling Sacred Heart by a score of 90-58.

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