Conorque floater gives Griga a 70 – 69 win over Hurricanes Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

In a do or die game for the Dangriga Dream Ballers after getting blown away last week in Belize City, Griga Dream Ballers had to defend home court if they wanted to live to see another day. They’re looking to redeem themselves and not let history repeat itself for the fourth consecutive year. While for the Smart Belize Hurricanes they too are chasing history as well, being the only team not to play a game 3 in the semi-finals and trying to do so in a hostile environment.

Griga started out the game hot, making 2 back-to-back three pointers, but Hurricanes’ very own Akeem Watters healed the wound.  However, that still wasn’t enough as Dream Ballers kept scoring at every opportunity they can. Thus, ending the first with a 12-point lead (20 – 8). While in the second quarter with a comfortable lead, the Dream Ballers inserted their bench players to give their starters an early rest but their rest would end shortly as Smart Belize Hurricanes were able to rally themselves out of the hole and eventually tying and taking the lead. Ending the half with a 1-point lead (28 – 27).

In second half both teams exchanged baskets till the very end and didn’t give any letting up what so ever. With the game on the line and Hurricanes up by 1 (69 – 68), Daniel Conorque of Griga Dream Ballers went through the lane and leaned back way and floated the ball over his defender, hitting the game winning shot with 22 seconds remaining in regulation.  Hurricanes created an isolation play for Devin Daly to go one-on-one, but was fouled in the act of shooting causing him to go to the line with 3.1 seconds remaining. However, the fans disagreed with the referee call and began to come onto the court and confronting the referee, causing the game to be delayed for about 10 minutes until police officers were able to restrain those fans that were disorderly.  After everything had calmed down Devin Daley went to the line and he missed the first free throw. The crowd erupted in excitement. He also missed the second attempt that gave Griga their first playoff win in franchise history, with a score of 70 – 69.

Daniel Nolberto of Griga Dream Ballers receives the player of the game honors with a 23 point performance. Other top performers for Dream Ballers were Tahj Wells with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Macario Augustine finished with 12 rebounds and 6 points. Top players for Smart Belize Hurricanes are Glency Lopez with 19 points and Kurt Burgess with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.  Devin Daly finished the game with 9 points and Akeem Watters with 8 points.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2018 13:06