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The No Limit Soldiers Win A Nail Biter In Orange Walk.!!! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:19

The 1st half of the National Elite Basketball League regular season is officially in the books, and the 2nd half got underway this pass Friday when the Belize City No Limit Soldiers clashed with the Orange Walk Running Rebels inside the Orange Walk Multipurpose Complex. The Running Rebels went into Friday night’s game starving for a win, as the visiting Soldiers were assured that this Orange Walk team was vastly different from the one they faced in Belize City.

Both squads have been showing signs of improvement and maturity with each game played. While the No Limit Soldiers were looking to sweep the season series, the Running Rebels had revenge on their minds. And when it was finally tip off time in Orange Walk Town, the back and forth would commence.

This matchup was intense and exciting from start to finish, as neither team was able to accumulate a double digit lead at any point in the game. The largest advantage for the Running Rebels was 6 points, while the biggest lead for the Soldiers was 7. It was a close game throughout the entire 40 minutes, with 14 lead changes and 18 ties.  The Rebels won the rebound battle 55 to 51 and even had more points in the paint, scoring 48 points in the key to No Limit’s 28. Both teams shot well from the charity stripe, as the Rebels went 16 for 24 from the line while the No Limit Soldiers made good on 18 of their 27 free throws.  But the Soldiers had help off the pine, as the No Limit bench outscored the Running Rebel bench 44 to 13.   

The game was tight until the very end, and with the score knotted at 74 apiece with 30 seconds on the clock in the 4th and final quarter, the No Limit Soldiers made a mental error, committing a defensive foul to send a Running Rebel to the charity stripe to shoot 2. As he stepped to the line the silence was deafening, as every Running Rebel fan was on the edge of their seats praying that he could hit at least one of these 2 foul shots to give the home side the lead with mere seconds remaining in the game. The 1st shot went up, it looked good as it approached the rim, but it rimmed out. And with the score still tied at 74, and seconds on the clock, he released the 2nd free throw. It was all net, and as the ball exited the bottom the crowd erupted, as the Rebels were now in front 75 to 74. The Soldiers had seconds to make a play with no timeouts remaining. They immediately got the ball in the hands of their captain, Greg “Chippy” Rudon. The Rebels were frantic in their defense, and in their panic they fouled Rudon. The “Chip Dawg” stepped to the line, and with his team down 75 to 74, made good on the 1st shot, hitting nothing but the bottom of the net.  The game is now tied  75 to 75, and with 28 seconds remaining in the contest and ice water in his veins, Greg Rudon hit the 2nd foul shot all net to give the Belize City No Limit Soldiers a 76 to 75 lead.  That 2nd foul shot would prove to be the game winner, as the scoreboard would remain unchanged  when the final buzzer sounded.

Akeem Trapp was hot from the land of 3 for the Soldiers, as he hit 4 from behind the arc on his way to a game high 23 points. And the Captain, Greg “Chippy” Rudon put up 18 in the big No Limit victory.  The No Limit Soldiers will now look to focus their attention on the Corozal Heats, as they face each other for the 2nd time this Friday night at the Bird’s Isle in Belize City.   
By Malcolm Hyde

 

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