Digicell Belize City Defenders defends home turf Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

In a must win game, Digicell Belize City Defenders were out to avenge their second consecutive loss on the island against the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, while making every effort to seal a victory on their home court. The home team jumped out to an early 27-21 lead to end the first quarter, with a hot start from Darwin and Jacob Leslie. San Pedro Tiger Sharks was able to narrow the gap to 1 point going into the half, trailing 44-43. San Pedro’s top scorer was Jihad Wright with the game high of 21 points, while tallying 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Ashton Edwards provided a huge spark off the bench, notching 14 points, including 2 shots from behind the arc. Marteviuis Adams was able to register 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the limited minutes he was on the court, clocking only 22 minutes for the game, due to foul trouble, while newcomer Emory Bennett Jr. finished the night with 11 points and 4 boards.

At the end of the third quarter the tide had slowly turned in favour of the visiting San Pedro Tiger Sharks, who was now nursing a 1 point lead, 67-66, going into the fourth quarter. The game witnessed 14 lead changes and 7 ties, as both teams were unable to foster a run in the second half to extend their lead. Key plays down the stretch, and an early exit from Adams gave the home team the edge, and they were able to seal the 86-83 victory to send the series back to San Pedro for the third and final game in the series.

The Digicell Belize City Defenders were led by this year’s MVP Nigel Jones who posted a monster double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while dishing out 2 assists and 2 steals. Rookie Francis Arana, who is now being trusted with more minutes on the court, tallied 15 points to go with 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Darwin and Jacob Leslie scored 14 points each in the win.

The Digicell Belize City Defenders had the huge edge on the charity stripe, hitting 21 of their 40 tries, while San Pedro also shot 52% from the free throw line, but only had 23 attempts. Defenders had the huge 17-3 advantage on points off turnovers, while outscoring the San Pedro Tiger Sharks by the score of 26-12 in fast break points. However, San Pedro Tiger Sharks had the 36-25 advantage with points off the bench.