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Bandits Sports and Verdes FC top teams to Premie League playoffs Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

The Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Opening Season regular competition came to an end over the last weekend with a number of games on the schedule.

On Saturday 11th November, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the defending champions and current leaders in this year’s competition, Bandits Sports won handily over the visiting Wagiya by the score of 7-2.

The home team, Bandits Sports was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Georgie Welcome scored the 1st of his 3 goals in the 12th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. In the 31st minute of play, Wagiya’s Krisean Lopez made it a 1-1 game when he scored the equalising goal for his team.  Bandits Sports took the lead again when Carlos Gonzalez scored his 1st goal of the game in the 43rd minute of play to give his team a 2-1 lead. The lead was further increase when Georgie Welcome scored his team’s 3rd goal of the game in the 45th minute of play and from that point Bandits Sports never looked back. The first half of the game ended 3-1 in favour of Bandits Sports.

In the second half of the game, Bandits Sports resumed from where it had left off and scored four more goals for the lopsided victory. Carlos Gonzalez scored Bandits Sports 4th goal of the game in the 51st minute of play for a 4-1 lead and this was followed by Georgie Welcome’s 3rd goal of the game in the 52nd minute of play for a 5- 1 lead, and this was followed by Darwin Bermudez’s goal in the 67th minute of play for a 6-1 lead. Wagiya’s Davis Marshall scored his team’s 2nd goal of the game in the 79th minute of play to cut the deficit to 4 but it was not enough. Elroy Smith then scored the final goal of the game in the 86th minute of play to give Bandits Sports the 7-2 victory.

On Sunday 12th November, at the Ambergris Stadium, Verdes FC edged out the San Pedro Pirates by the score of 2-1. The home team San Pedro Pirates was the first to score when Hector Martinez scored in the 19th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead.

The San Pedro Pirates took that lead well into the second half of the game before Verdes FC Elroy Kuylen scored the equalising goal in the 76th minute of play. Kuylen went on to the score the winning goal for Verdes FC in the 94th minute of play.

While all of this was taking place in San Pedro Town, at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village, the Placencia Assassins defeated Police United by the score of 1-0.

The lone goal of the game was scored by Ashton Torres in the 17th minute of play to give Placencia Assassins the victory.

Meanwhile, at the MCC Grounds, the Belize Defence Force FC blanked the Freedom Fighters by the score of 7-0.

The goals for the Belize Defence Force FC were scored by Mark Arzu in the 16th minute of play and this was followed by Jaren Lambey’s goals in the 22nd, 56th and 64th minutes of play and this was followed by Raymond Ramos’s goal in the 76th minute of play, followed by Shane Flores in the 78th minute of play and the final goal was scored by Jaren Lambey in the 79th minute of play.

At the end of the regular season, the following teams, Bandits Sports, Verdes FC, Belize Defence Force FC and the San Pedro Pirates have qualified for the semi-finals of this year’s competition. The semi-finals will commence this coming weekend.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:29
 
National Elite Basketball League season to open January 18, 2018 Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its fifth consecutive season on Thursday, January 18, 2018, as the defending champions, Belmopan Bandits, will host the sub-champions San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The game will be played at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan, with tip-off time being 8:30 p.m.

The upcoming season will have 8 teams. Six (6) of the teams from last season will return to participate in the upcoming season.  These teams are Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize Hurricanes, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Belmopan Bandits, Cayo Western Ballaz and Dangriga Dream Ballers.  Belize City No Limit has changed management and their new team name is Belize City Defenders.  The eight team participating will be Agharta, which is a team from Chetumal, Mexico.

 


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