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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2019 12:24