Hurricanes and Tiger Sharks head back to National Elite Basketball League Finals Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will tip off its best-of-five finals this weekend.  It is the first time in league history that the 2 lower seeds both advanced to the finals. With the loss, home teams are 0 – 6 this year in the playoffs where no home team has secured a win in front of their fans as yet.

Hurricanes blew away Verdes in game 3 to advance to third finals

On Friday night Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes travelled out west to take on the number 1 seed, Verdes, in a do-or-die game 3 that would decide which team advances to the finals.  Games 1 and 2 were decided by game winning three point shots, which prepared the table for a great showing in game 3.  The visiting squad attacked first, jumping out to an early 20 – 6 lead, but Verdes was able to cut the deficit to 2 points early in the second quarter.  However, by intermission the lead ballooned back to 17 points, 46 – 29.  In the second half Verdes was unable to muster a run to narrow the gap to single digit points, allowing the defending champions, Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes to cruise to an easy 79 – 66 victory in front of a packed auditorium.  With the win Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes is the first team to advance to the finals, awaiting the winner from the Griga Dream Ballers and San Pedro Tiger Sharks game on Saturday night. This is Hurricanes third trip to the finals, where they have never lost, winning both times they arrived at the big dance.  Hurricanes’ top scorers were Glency Lopez who tallied 18 points and 5 points and Shannon Fowler who also had 18 points to go with 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Tyrie Orosco finished the game with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Devin Daly netted 11 points to go with 7 rebounds, 2 dimes and 2 steals.  Regular season MVP, Kris Frazier was the top scorer for Verdes with 15 points to go with 18 rebounds and 5 steals while Leroy Louriano scored 13 points to go with 5 steals.  Richard Troyer finished the night with 12 points and Andrew Ortiz chipped in 10 points to go with 11 rebounds.

Griga frowns again with 6th consecutive semi-final loss as Tiger Sharks heads to the finals again

Griga Dream Ballers hosted the San Pedro Tiger Sharks on Saturday night at the Russel Chiste Garcia stadium in Dangriga Town.  The home team took early control of the game, leading 20 – 11 at the end of the first quarter, and they were able to extend the lead to 13 points early in the second quarter to go into the half up by 8, 41 – 33.  San Pedro was able to cut the deficit to 2 points by the end of the third quarter, going into the final quarter with a finals appearance on the line. With the game tied with less than 2 minutes to go, Gene Myvett came up with a huge offensive rebound and tip-in to give San Pedro a 2 point lead, which they were able to seal at the free throw line, stunning Griga Dream Ballers 67 – 63.  San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Jihad Wright who tallied 15 points, 9 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals while Martevious Adams finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Gene Myvett was the only other Tiger Sharks player with double digit scoring, chipping in 10 points while grabbing 9 rebounds and Kurt Burgess scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Edgar Mitchell had the game high, scoring 16 points while dishing out 9 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds for Griga Dream Ballers, while Delvon Henderson finished with a double-double, netting 13 points and grabbing 14 boards. Daniel Conorque tallied 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for the home team and Jamal Kelly chipped in 10 points to go with 6 rebounds.  With the win, San Pedro Tiger Sharks is heading to their fifth finals appearance in 6 years while Griga has lost in 6 consecutive semi-final series.

Finals Match-up

San Pedro Tiger Sharks is the number 3 seed and Mirage/Smart Hurricanes is the number 4 seed so San Pedro Tiger Sharks will have home court advantage in the best-of-five finals series. Both San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes have won 2 NEBL championships.  San Pedro Tiger Sharks won in 2014 and 2015 while Hurricanes won in 2016 and 2018.  In 2016, Hurricanes defeated San Pedro Tiger Sharks in the finals.  This season, Hurricanes defeated San Pedro in their first matchup, 87 – 71, and in their second game, San Pedro Tiger Sharks defeated Hurricanes, 80 – 75.

Finals schedule

Game 1 – Saturday, May 16 at 9:30 p.m.: San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes at San Pedro High School.

Game 2 - Friday, May 24 at 9:00 p.m.: Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes vs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks at Belize Civic Centre.

Game 3 - Saturday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m.:  San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs. Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes at San Pedro High School.

Game 4 (if necessary) - Friday, May 31 at 9:00 p.m.:  Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes vs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks at Belize Civic Centre.

Game 5 (if necessary) - Saturday, June 8 at 9:00 p.m.:  San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs. Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes at San Pedro High School.

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Bandits Sport a game away from repeating as football champions Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

The Premier League of Belize 2018-2019 Closing Season entered its final round on Saturday 11th May, 2019, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in the City of Belmopan between the number one seed into the playoffs the San Pedro Pirates and the defending champions Bandits Sport in game one of the home and away series.

The defending champions Bandits Sport made it onto the scoreboard in the 5th minute of play when Humberto Requena scored the only goal of the game to give his team a 1-0 lead.

The Bandits Sport defence demonstrated a magnificent performance for the entire game and justly defended its narrow lead for the win.

The second and final game of the championship series will be played on Saturday 18th May, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town.

And so the season will begin and end for one of the team in the finals.

Beacon wins third consecutive game in city softball competition Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

The Belize City Softball Association Women’s competition continued over the weekend with four games on the schedule.

On Sunday 12th May, in the game played between Beacon and the defending champions Digi, Beacon prevailed in the 3-2 win for its third consecutive win of the young season.

Beacon’s Head Coach Eric Vasquez, employed the pitching skills of Janel Smith, instead of his regular hurler Lanisha Jones. Smith was able to keep the Digi batters off balance in her seven innings of work while hurling her team to the win.

Beacon batting in the bottom of the 1st inning scored all 3 runs when 2 batters reached base via the base-on-balls and then scored on a run producing single by Agnes Lucas.

Meanwhile, Digi scored its 2 runs in the top of the 4th inning when with one out Erlene Belisle single and she was driven home by Lydia Cacho’s run producing triple. Cacho then scored on second baseman Carrisia Clarke’s single.

On the line for Beacon was 3 runs on 3 hits and for Digi 2 runs on 9 hits. The winning pitcher was Janel Smith who struck out 5 batters in leading her team to the win. Meanwhile, the losing pitcher was Jasany Westby.

Meanwhile, the second game played on Friday 10th May, featured Panthers against Beacon. In this game, Beacon defeated Panthers by the score of 18-6 in 5 innings. Beacon batting in the bottom of the 1st inning scored 1 run, then added another 2 runs in the 2nd inning and then 4 more runs in the 3rd inning. Panthers managed to score 2 runs in the top of the 3rd inning to cut the deficit by 5 runs.  In the top of the 4th inning, and with Beacon leading by the score of 7-2, Head Coach Eric Vasquez relieved his starter and winning pitcher Lanisha Jones in favour of his second-string pitcher Janel Smith.

Smith appearing in her first game of the 2019 senior campaign give up a single run to Panthers in the 4th inning to bring the score to 7-3. Beacon batting in the bottom of the 4th inning exploded for 11 runs on 9 hits which included a number of extra bases. Smith in the top of the 5th inning gave up 3 more runs to the Panthers bats.

Beacon scored 18 runs on 16 hits, 2 walks and 4 hit by pitch. Meanwhile, Panthers scored 10 runs on 10 hits. The winning pitcher was Lanisha Jones who gave up 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 4 batters in the process. Jones’ relieved pitcher Janel Smith gave up 4 runs on 5 hits. The losing pitcher was Sherraine Westby.

Esperanza Wolverine stops Blackman Eddy’s Elite 9 in Cayo Softball Print E-mail
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The Cayo Softball Association Senior Females competition games were held on 12th May at the Mae Gordon Sports Field in the City of Belmopan.

Game 1 saw Esperanza Wolverine winning defeated Blackman Eddy’s Elite 9 by a score of 10 runs to 2 runs. The winning pitcher was Ronicia Vernon and losing pitcher Nikita Perez.

In the second game of the day, Unitedville Rebels United won over Camalote’s Cama Girls by a score of 14 runs to 1 run. The winning pitcher was Francine Salazar and losing pitcher Tiara Bradley.

In the final game of the day, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy defeated Belmopan Capital City Emeralds by a score of 13 runs to nil. The winning pitcher was Leandra Guy and losing pitcher Dominga Tut.

The competition will continue this coming Sunday 19th May at the Softball Field in Unitedville Village.

Game 1 at 11:00 am will see Esperanza Wolverines going up against Belmopan Capital City Emeralds.

Game 2 at 1:00 pm will see Blackman’s Elite 9 going up against Camalote’s Cama Girls.

Game 3 at 3;00 pm will see Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy going up against Unitedville’s Rebels United.

National Amateur Inter-District Football competition opens Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

The Football Federation of Belize National Amateur Inter-District Football competition opened over the last weekend with a number of games on the schedule.

Wk. 1

Sat. May 11, 2019

Ricalde Stad.

7:00PM   San Antonio FC     vs             Roaring Creek United

1                                                   3

Jorge Elvis 57min.                 Michael Lewis 42-75-79min.

Michael Ashcroft Stad.

7:30PM  CJM Strikers          vs             Estrellas FC

1 0

Felipe Magana 69min.

Norman Broaster Stadium

7:30PM    Flames FC           vs             Sampson Proper Fix

2                                                    1

Tyreek Muschamp 37min.                    Jose Martinez 78min.

Allan Tzib 55min.

Sun. May 12, 2019

Carolina Football Field

3:30PM   Chunox FC           vs            Barrack Road FC

1 4

Reiner Santoya 53min. (PK)              Steven Baizer 3min.

Keon Badillo 76min.

Jamal Ford 85min.

Francis Andrews 87min.

Louisiana Football Field

3:30PM Progresso FC         vs              Golden Strikers

5                                                      1

Marlon Gutierrez 21-90+min.              Noel Hyde 72min.

Raheem Eagan 56-65min.

Jose Casanova 84min.

Victor Sanchez Union Stad.

4:00PM Maverics                vs                  Santa Elena FC

2                                                           2

Justin Trapp 10-90+min.            Anthony Gonzalez 8-81min.

Ambergris Stad.

4:00PM  Los Catrachos FC  vs               GG Sugar Boys FC

3                                                             3

Jordi Craft 10min.                        Harvey Cruz 23min. (PK)

Wilder Martinez 16-49min.            Dykman Francisco 29min

Oscar Aceredo 90min.

Carl Ramos Stad.

4:00PM Pomona Impacts     vs             Vince Assasins

1                                                             3

Leonard Valdez 50min.                   Etali Rivero 22-30min.

Moises Hernandez 32min.

Isidoro Beaton Stad.

4:00PM  Juventus FC           vs                           Team Evan

2                                                             3

Omni Sebastian 20min.                Berner Hernandez 27min.

Angel Xis 48min.                          Sidney Petillo 74min.

Alwin Zelaya 86min.

MCC Grounds

4:00PM  Ceasar Ridge FC vs              Club Atletico FC

1 2

Orlando Velasquez 80min.              Tyrig Ciego 61min.

Arnold Delarosa 78min.


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