SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Sun. Mar. 20, 2016–Cayo Western Ballaz stunned by Belize City No Limit
On Friday night, Belize City No Limit hosted Cayo Western Ballaz at Bird’s Isle in Belize City. The home team jumped out to an early 20-16 first quarter lead, which they extended to 36-27 by intermission. In the second half, the lead was extended to 26 points, which Belize City No Limit never relinquished, easily winning the game, 85-61.
Belize City No Limit (4-5) was led by Michael Babbles, who had the game high of 24 pts, to go with 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds. Jamal Augustine had the best game of his career, with 19 pts and 6 rebs, while Gregory “Chippy” Rudon scored 18 pts to go with 4 rebs, 2 assists and 2 steals. Keith “Superman” Acosta finished the game with 18 pts and 9 rebs.
The top scorer for Cayo Western Ballaz (6-5) was Winston Pratt with 17 pts, 5 rebs, 4 steals and 3 dimes. The only other scorer in double digits for the visiting team was James Milton with 16 pts and 8 rebs, while Brandon Flowers finished with 8 pts and 9 rebs.
Cayo Western Ballaz was out-rebounded by Belize City No Limit, 38-32, while Belize City No Limit also had the edge on points off turnovers, 17-5, and on fast-break points, 15-2.
The Warriors took control of Smart Belize Hurricanes in Culture Capital
by Charles Gladden
On Friday night, Smart Belize Hurricanes traveled to the south to face their rivals, Dangriga Warriors, at the Ecumenical High School, where their meeting last season down south was stopped due to controversy. Unfortunately, there was no hurricane found down south, as the Dangriga Warriors delivered a 72-54 blowout win at home over the Smart Belize Hurricanes, splitting the regular season series.
Dangriga Warriors (6-5) had 3 players scoring in double-digits. James Erwin had 20 pts, 6 rebs and 1 steal; Edgar Mitchell finished with 12 pts, 4 rebs, 3 steals, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot; Macario Augustine finished with a double-double of 10 pts, a game high of 17 rebs, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots and 1 assist.
Meanwhile, Smart Belize Hurricanes had only two players scoring in double figures – Farron Louriano with 15 pts, 5 rebs and 1 steal, and Akeem Watters, who helped his team, coming off the bench, with 10 pts, 2 rebs, 3 steals and 1 assist.
Dangriga Warriors had a 45-35 advantage on the glass, while capitalizing on turnovers, with a 22-13 edge. Dangriga Warriors led for the entire game, while having a 25-pt lead in the third quarter.
Ashton Edwards, San Pedro Tiger Sharks keep Independence Thunderbolts winless
San Pedro Tiger Sharks traveled down south to take on Independence Thunderbolts at the Independence High School on Friday night. The tempo was set from the tip-off, as San Pedro Tiger Sharks jumped out to a huge 35-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. San Pedro was able to maintain control of the game, easily winning, 99-82.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Ashton Edwards, who had his career high, 45 pts, including 10 three-pointers, shooting 59% from the field, registering 3 assists and 3 rebs, playing less than 30 minutes of the game. Caleb Sutton tallied 15 pts and 5 rebs, while Douglas Valley finished with 14 pts and 3 rebs.
Independence Thunderbolts’ top scorer was Arnold Torres, who tallied 23 pts, 5 boards and 4 steals, while Aaron Valerio finished the game with 20 pts and 6 rebs. Hyram Augustine had a solid game with 15 pts, 8 rebs, 7 assists and 3 steals, and Alroy Foreman finished with 10 pts.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks had a slight rebounding edge, 41-38, while holding a 21-9 advantage on second chance points.
Belmopan Bandits blows out Orange Walk Running Rebels
Orange Walk Running Rebels (2-6) hosted Belmopan Bandits on Friday night at the Orange Walk Multi Purpose Complex in Sugar City. Belmopan Bandits (6-4) won 98-67. Box scores will be available next week.
All Star Night
The NEBL hosted its second All Star Night at the UB gymnasium in capital city Belmopan on Saturday night. Caleb Sutton from San Pedro Tiger Sharks claimed the Wings Stop Skills Challenge, while Marcel Orosco from Belize City No Limit was the Aguada Hotel Three Point Champion. Caleb Sutton from San Pedro Tiger Sharks was also the winner of the Wings Stop Slam Dunk contest, and the North team won the VIP Wireless All Star Game. The top scorer for the All Star game was Farron Louriano with 34 points, who claimed the MVP honors for the second consecutive year.
Games will resume on Friday, April 1, after taking the weekend off for Easter break.
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