The National Elite Basketball League competition continued over the last weekend with five games on the schedule.
On Friday February 19, at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, Kurt Burgess, who played the first two years of the NEBL was making his first appearance as a visitor to the auditorium with his new team the Belmopan Bandits to take on the Cayo Western Ballaz.
At the end of the game, the home team Cayo Western Ballaz prevailed with a 67-60 win over Kurt Burgess and the visiting Belmopan Bandits.
The top scorers for the Cayo Western Ballaz were Elvis Usher Jr. with 17 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 3 steals; James Milton with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal and Brandon Flowers with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal.
For the visiting Belmopan Bandits, the top scorers were Jarrel Velasquez with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists; Nick Brown with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals; Kyle Pascascio with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals and Kurt Burgess who scored 5 points, grabed 13 rebounds, dished out 2 assists and a steal.
At the Independence High School Auditorium in Independence Village, the Dangriga Warriors returned to its winning form when it defeated the Independence Thunderbolts by the score of 86-74.
The top scorers for the Dangriga Warriors were Macario Augustine with 21 points, 20 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals; Edgar Mitchell also with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and a steal; Jamir Flores with 12 points, 2 assists and 2 steals and James Ewing with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. For the Independence Thunderbolts, the top scorers were Arnold Torres with 19 points, 4 rebounds and an assist, Dominique Guzman with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals and Alroy Foreman with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.
And in the third and final game played on Friday night, the undefeated Smart Belize-Hurricanes continued on its winning path when it upended the Orange Walk Running Rebels by the score of 112-78 before a spectators filled Belize Elementary School Auditorium.
The top scorers for the Smart Belize-Hurricanes were Farron Louriano with 29 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals; Randy Usher with 21 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists, Akeem Watters with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal and Glency Lopez with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
For the visiting Orange Walk Running Rebels, the top scorers were Lupito Acosta with 20 points and 1 rebound; Roger Reneau with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal and Bernard Felix with 11 points and a steal.
The competition then continued on Saturday February 20, at the UB Gymnasium in Belmopan, where the Belmopan Bandits took revenge for losing the night before out on the Orange Walk Running Rebels when it defeated them by the score of 94-62.
The top scorers for the Belmopan Bandits were Nick Brown with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal; Kyle Pascascio with 12 points, 7 rebounds and an assist; Jevaughn McKenzie with 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal and Stephen Williams with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Meanwhile, the top scorers for the Orange Walk Running Rebels were Leith Paulino with 17 points and 2 rebounds; Roger Reneau with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist and Lupito Acosta with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
And in the game played out at the San Pedro High School in San Pedro Town, the defending champions San Pedro Tiger Sharks won handily over the Belize City No Limit Team by the score of 83-70.
The top scorers for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were Caleb Sutton with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist; Ashton Edwards with 15 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 3 steals; Andrew Ortiz with 13 points, 8 rebounds and a steal and Gene Myvett with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.
For the Belize City No Limit Team, the top scorers were Michael Bables with 20 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal; Gregory Rudon with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists and Brandon Rogers with 8 points, and 1 rebound.