SAN IGNACIO, CAYO, Sun. Mar. 15, 2015–In its second annual season, yesterday at a manager’s meeting, the NEBL instituted a change in its by-laws for in-season player acquisitions. Teams are allowed to add two new players to their rosters and the dates for such transactions are from March 16 – March 31. With the addition of this clause, teams will now be afforded the opportunity to add the missing pieces to their team roster, as they make a final push for playoff contention. It was decided that all Friday and Saturday night games will start at 9:00 p.m. Fans are reminded that all games have a live web cast, where the play-by-play, along with box scores, are available for all games. Fans can follow every game live on the internet, as scores are in real time. The games can be accessed from our website at nebl.sportingpulse.net
San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs Belize City No Limit remains undecided
On Friday night, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks (4-1) took their 3-game winning streak into Belize City, as they visited Belize City No Limit (1-4) at Bird’s Isle. With 11.2 seconds remaining on the game clock and Belize City No Limit in possession of the ball, with a one point lead, the home team made a costly turnover and was unable to run out the clock. San Pedro Tiger Sharks came up with a huge steal and went down the length of the court, where Andrew “Bynum” Ortiz missed a shot under the rim, but was able to put back his miss, off the glass. However, the officials were unable to decide if the shot was scored before the time expired, since they could not hear the buzzer on the score board. As a result, the game tape will be reviewed by the three officials and the final result of the game will be available on Wednesday, March 18.
Up to the point of the game delay, Gregory “Chippy” Rudon had the game high with 28 pts, 5 rebs and 3 assists for Belize City No Limit; while Brandon Rogers had 16 pts and 3 rebs. Lennox Bowman and Rhetton Belisle scored 15 and 14 pts, respectively. San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Andrew “Bynum” Ortiz, who had 19 pts and 6 rebs; while Milton James had a double-double with, 18 pts and 17 rebs. Darwin “Puppy” Leslie had 17 pts, with 5 assists and 3 boards; while Jamal Kelly finished the night with 13 pts, including a huge 3-point shot that cut the lead to 1 point with, under 1 minute remaining.
Despite the result of this game, San Pedro Tiger Sharks are now considered the fourth quarter team, as game after game they demonstrate a high degree of poise, confidence and resilience, as they have mounted numerous come from behind victories this season, after trailing going into the fourth quarter.
Belmopan Red Taigaz extends winning streak to five games
On Saturday night, the Belmopan Red Taigaz (5-1) hosted Belize Hurricanes (2-4) at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan, as the home squad was able to extend their winning streak to 5 games. This was a very close game, as the visiting team gave a great fight, but fell short at the charity stripe down the stretch, as Belmopan Red Taigaz was able to secure the 88-79 victory. Belmopan was led by Stephen “Muerte” Williams and Travis Lennan, who had 18 pts and 5 rebs a piece. Big men Farron Louriano and Jarrel “Bird” Velasquez finished the night with 13 pts and 7 rebs each, while Jamal Harris netted 12 pts to go with 4 rebs. Point guard Terrell Eskridge finished the night with 8 pts, while dishing out a season-high 9 assists. In a losing effort, Winston Pratt had a break-out game of the season, as he had the game high 31 pts with 5 rebs; while Brian White tallied a double-double with 12 pts and 11 rebs. Tariq Middleton finished the night with 12 pts and 2 steals, while Ty Bradley scored 11 pts and grabbed 5 boards.
Cayo Western Ballaz continued in their winning ways in Sugar City
Cayo Western Ballaz (6-0) traveled to Orange Walk to take on the Orange Walk Running Rebels (2-4) at the Orange Walk Multi Purpose Complex, where the home team fought hard to give the visitors their first loss of the season. After a closely contested game going into the fourth quarter, the Western Ballaz was able to seal the 82-66 victory down the stretch. Cayo Western Ballaz was led by Richard Troyer, who had the game high with 32 pts, while pulling 4 rebs; and he was assisted by Giovanni Lennan, who scored 15 pts with 4 rebs. Kurt “Chengo” Burgess finished the night with another double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling 11 rebs. The home team was led by Tyron Baptist, who sank 12 pts; while Jason Grant was their only other player who had double digit scoring with 10 pts and 6 rebs. The balanced scoring of Orange Walk had Ian Carcamo and Roger Reneau with 9 pts apiece, while Randy Ushed chipped in with 8 pts.
Dangriga Warriors bounced back with a win against Toledo Diplomats
On Saturday night, Dangriga Warriors (3-3) snapped their 3-game losing streak, as they defeated Toledo Diplomats (0-6) on their home court at Ecumenical College in Dangriga. The Warriors needed this win, after going through the toughest stretch of their schedule, taking on the three top teams in the league in three consecutive weeks. The Diplomats jumped out to an early first quarter start, after which Dangriga Warriors was able to take control of the game, sealing a 67-54 victory. The Warriors’ leading scorer was Trevaughn Usher, who had the game high 20 pts, while grabbing 4 rebs to go with 3 steals. Daniel “Buddy” Nolberto, finished the night with 17 pts, 4 rebs and 3 steals; while Edgar Mitchell scored 11 pts, while grabbing 3 boards and dishing out 3 assists. In a losing effort, Toledo Diplomats was led by Delmore Sentino, who scored 16 pts with 5 rebs; while the league’s top scorer, Michael Bables finished the night with 14 pts, 5 rebs and 2 steals. Jiovanni Arzu finished the game with 12 pts and 3 rebs, as Toledo Diplomats remains the only team that is still seeking a win in this season’s tournament.
On Friday night, the undefeated Cayo Western Ballaz (6-0) host Belmopan Red Taigaz (5-1) at the Sacred Heart College auditorium in San Ignacio Town, and this will surely prove to be a great game. Last season’s MVP, Farron Louriano and sidekick Travis Lennan are now with Belmopan, so this district rivalry has been accentuated even further, as two of the top three teams in the league will square off at SHC for what promises to be an intense and fierce battle. Cayo Western Ballaz is riding a 6-game winning streak, while Belmopan Red Taigaz is on their own 5-game winning streak. Also on Friday night, Dangriga Warriors (3-3) will travel to Belize City to take on Belize Hurricanes (2-4) at the Belize Elementary gymnasium, as Dangriga will try to gain some cushion in the standings for the fourth and final playoff spot. This game will be crucial for both teams, as the result will have significant impact on the standings and playoff implications.
On Saturday night, the defending champs, San Pedro Tiger Sharks (4-1) will travel up north to take on the Orange Walk Running Rebels (2-4) at the Orange Walk Multi Purpose Complex. To finish off the weekend, Belize City No Limit (1-4) will travel down south on Saturday night to take on the winless Toledo Diplomats (0-6) at the Julian Cho Technical High School. All games will commence at 9:00 p.m.
Below are the team standings after 5 weeks of games.
** Game undecided between San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Belize City No Limit
NEBL 2015 – Basketball at its best!!