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No Limit Soldiers Get Second Straight Home Win!!!

After the No Limit Soldiers suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the Cayo Western Ballaz in San Ignacio a week ago, the Belize City squad regrouped and refocused for their next challenge, which would come in the form of the visiting Belmopan Point Bandits. Going into the big matchup the Point Bandits were just ahead of the No Limit Soldiers in the standings, as the Bandits occupied the number 4 spot while the Soldiers were at number 5. Only 4 teams will make it to the playoffs, so every one of the remaining ten games for team No Limit is crucial if they are to make a run at the title.

Belize City No limits Belmopan Point Bandits

The Point Bandits opened the scoring in the 1st quarter, as Adam Carswell would convert the put back layup off a missed shot.  After that the game would remain close for the rest of the 1st quarter and much of the 2nd as both teams were hungry for a victory. The No Limit captain, Greg ‘Chippy’ Rudon would get hot early, as he scored 8 of the No Limit Soldiers’ first 10 points, with 2 field goals coming from beyond the arc.  There were a total of 5 lead changes in the game including 4 ties, and at the end of the 1st half the score was 31 to 31.

The 2nd half would belong to the Belize City No Limit Soldiers, as they would never trail in the final 2 quarters.  The Soldiers would lead by as many as 20, with their largest run being 13 to nothing.  Andrew ‘Mr. Throwdown’ Ortiz got in a few rim rockers in the final stanza of the game, none bigger than the slam over a Belmopan defender that resulted in fans storming the court in excitement to congratulate Ortiz on his spectacular play.  The City squad was again great on the glass, as they were able to win the rebound battle 44 to 41, but only had 10 trips to the charity stripe of which they converted on 6. And when the final buzzer sounded, the score was 73 to 56 in favor of Belize City Smart No Limit.

Andrew Ortiz's first dunk of the night Jump ball

Greg ‘Chippy’ Rudon led all scorers with 27 points, as he shot 4 for 7 from three point land and hit all 3 of his free throw attempts in addition to dishing out 4 dimes to his teammates.  Kevin Lorenzo was instrumental in the victory for the No Limit Soldiers as he played the role of facilitator on this night giving out 7 assists.  Andrew ‘Mr. Throwdown’ Ortiz had 12 points  and 5 rebounds,  Elsworth Itza had 8 boards to go along with 10 points, while the veteran Kevin Domingo added 9 points to the team’s total.

The No Limit Soldiers will be back on the road this week, as they head down south this Saturday to clash with the Dangriga Culture Warriors over at the Ecumenical Gymnasium in the Stann Creek district. The Soldiers and the Warriors both have a record of 3 wins and 2 losses and currently sit at the 3 and 4 spot in the standings. Every game from here on out has playoff implications, so this game will be a crucial one.   

 
Paul Thompson elected Vice President of COCABA!!!

Tegucigalpa, Honduras March 8, 2014

From L-R Paul Thompson, Yamil Bukele, Marcela Mejia

The Confederation of Central American Basketball  (COCABA) held its yearly Congress meeting on March 8, 2014 in Tegucigalpa Honduras. COCABA includes the basketball federations of eight countries, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. At this congress meeting the elections for the executive of COCABA was chosen and the President of the Belize Basketball Federation was elected as the Vice President of COCABA. Yamil Bukele of El Salvador was elected President of COCABA and Marcela Mejia was elected Secretary. The executive is elected to serve for 4 years from 2014-2018

 
The Tigersharks Tear Apart The Bandits!!!

Last Saturday night at the UB Gym, the Belmopan Point Bandits (2-3) succumbed to the ferocity unleased by the San Pedro Tigersharks (4-1). From the get-go, the home fans had a foreshadowing of the unforgettable night the Tigersharks had in store for the Bandits. In the first quarter, the Tigersharks pounded the Bandits so hard with points, that the Bandits were unable to recover. Ashton Edwards was on fire, particularly in the first quarter, where he alone scored five three pointers to give San Pedro a lead of 29-13. The second quarter was slower, when compared to the first, but points still kept coming. Jamal Kelly hit two three pointers, contributing half of the twelve point gain by San Pedro and maintaining the lead 40-22.

Belmopan Point bandits San Pedro Tigersharks

In the second half, the fans saw both teams exchanging blows. Left, right and center penetrations made the game very exciting. Fans from rival teams cheered on their champions’ magnificent plays. Nevertheless, the first quarter damage inflicted by the Tigersharks had already taken its toll. The Bandits suffered their first home loss at the hands of the Tigersharks by 84-59. When asked what happened to his team Coach Brads responded, “Well we lost to the Tigersharks, the Tigersharks!!!”    
It is only fair at this point to give kudos to the Bandit fans, who not only kept up their good cheer to the end of the game, but also took the loss by their team all in good stride.  Violence and bad behavior by fans, as has unfortunately been witnessed in this tournament, is not only disrespectful, but detract from others’ enjoyment of the game.  These games are intended for family entertainment; hooligans should stay at home and should be pin-pointed to officers of the law.

Kyle Pascascio & Adam Carswell Ashton Edwards & Winston Pratt

The Tigersharks stand as a formidable team, undoubtedly a playoff team and a top contender for this year’s NEBL tournament. All their positions seem to be well played, except the center post. All eyes are on Michael Adams; a 6’11’’ player, who; as a foreigner in the league, is expected to step in and put in numbers for the team. In other teams, the “foreigner” players have each displayed some special talent that has reflected in the leagues’ stat leaders.  So far, Adams has not showcased any particular skill so spectators are waiting to see if there is some hidden talent that the team is saving up for a special occasion or the playoffs.
After this night, Belmopan is a team that is in desperate need of oxygen. Fans will be holding onto their seats as their team prepares to visit Belize City and enter the arena against No Limits at the Bird’s Isle and then receive the Cayo Western Ballerz at home.

Winston Pratt with a long distance shot!!! Adam Carswell with the rebound

The Tigersharks were led by Ashton Edwards with 23 pts 5 rebs, Winston Pratt 21 pts 8 rebs 4 assists, Louis Pitterson 8 pts 7 rebs 1 blk, and Darwin Leslie 8 pts. In a losing effort, Adam Carswell 12 pts 6 rebs, Jamal Harris 12 pts and Kyle Pascascio 11 pts 7 rebs.

Last Saturday night at the UB Gym, the Belmopan Point Bandits (2-3) succumbed to the ferocity unleased by the San Pedro Tigersharks (4-1). From the get-go, the home fans had a foreshadowing of the unforgettable night the Tigersharks had in store for the Bandits. In the first quarter, the Tigersharks pounded the Bandits so hard with points, that the Bandits were unable to recover. Ashton Edwards was on fire, particularly in the first quarter, where he alone scored five three pointers to give San Pedro a lead of 29-13. The second quarter was slower, when compared to the first, but points still kept coming. Jamal Kelly hit two three pointers, contributing half of the twelve point gain by San Pedro and maintaining the lead 40-22.

In the second half, the fans saw both teams exchanging blows. Left, right and center penetrations made the game very exciting. Fans from rival teams cheered on their champions’ magnificent plays. Nevertheless, the first quarter damage inflicted by the Tigersharks had already taken its toll. The Bandits suffered their first home loss at the hands of the Tigersharks by 84-59. When asked what happened to his team Coach Brads responded, “Well we lost to the Tigersharks, the Tigersharks!!!”

It is only fair at this point to give kudos to the Bandit fans, who not only kept up their good cheer to the end of the game, but also took the loss by their team all in good stride. Violence and bad behavior by fans, as has unfortunately been witnessed in this tournament, is not only disrespectful, but detract from others’ enjoyment of the game. These games are intended for family entertainment; hooligans should stay at home and should be pin-pointed to officers of the law.

The Tigersharks stand as a formidable team, undoubtedly a playoff team and a top contender for this year’s NEBL tournament. All their positions seem to be well played, except the center post. All eyes are on Michael Adams; a 6’11’’ player, who; as a foreigner in the league, is expected to step in and put in numbers for the team. In other teams, the “foreigner” players have each displayed some special talent that has reflected in the leagues’ stat leaders. So far, Adams has not showcased any particular skill so spectators are waiting to see if there is some hidden talent that the team is saving up for a special occasion or the playoffs.

After this night, Belmopan is a team that is in desperate need of oxygen. Fans will be holding onto their seats as their team prepares to visit Belize City and enter the arena against No Limits at the Bird’s Isle and then receive the Cayo Western Ballerz at home.

The Tigersharks were led by Ashton Edwards with 23 pts 5 rebs, Winston Pratt 21 pts 8 rebs 4 assists, Louis Pitterson 8 pts 7 rebs 1 blk, and Darwin Leslie 8 pts. In a losing effort, Adam Carswell 12 pts 6 rebs, Jamal Harris 12 pts and Kyle Pascascio 11 pts 7 rebs.

 

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San Pedro Tiger Sharks handed Cayo Western Ballaz Their First Loss!!!

The undefeated Cayo Western Ballaz (3 - 1) went to San Pedro to take on the Tiger Sharks (3 - 1) in front of a packed house, as the game kicked off with a lot of intensity. Tiger Sharks jumped out to an early 9 - 6 lead that they were able to maintain at the end of the first quarter, as they lead 18 - 16. At half time the lead was 33 - 30 in favor of the home team, and the defense of both teams were extremely physical, which accounted for the low first half score.

Monster Dunk by Ashton Edwards

In the third quarter San Pedro outscored Cayo Western Ballaz 22 - 8 to balloon the lead to 20 points, as they were cruising to a blow out. However, in the 4th quarter Western Ballaz shifted to a man-to-man defense that brought them back into the game, trimming the lead to 5 points with 2 minutes to go, behind Farron Louriano's two monster dunks and some fast break points. Down the stretch Winston Pratt's penetration to the rim was too much for the team from the West, and Ashton Edwards three pointer sealed the victory for San Pedro Tiger Sharks. Both teams are now at the top of the standings for the National Elite Basketball League, boasting 3 - 1 records.

Farron louriano drives to the rim

Winston Pratt had the game high with 26 points, with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals while Ashton Edwards finished with 13 points. Tyron Edwards netted 10 points while dishing out 7 assists and grabbing 2 steals and Michael Adams finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds. In a losing effort, Farron Louriano sank 26 points while pulling a game high 15 rebounds and Kurt "Chengo" Burgess finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Richard Troyer had 6 points and 7 rebounds while Travis Lennan finished with 8 points for Western Ballaz.   This weekend Cayo Western Ballaz will be hosting Belize City No Limit on Friday Night at 9 p.m. at the SHC Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, while San Pedro Tiger Sharks will travel to Belmopan to take on the Bandits on Saturday, March 8 at the UB gymnasium.

 
It’s a blowout: Tigersharks beat the Corozal Heats 79-54!!!

The San Pedro Tigersharks picked up their second win in round three of the National Elite Basketball League after they defeated the visiting Corozal Heats on Saturday February 22nd. Held at the San Pedro High School Angel Nuñez Auditorium, the much talked about game saw national basketball action back on Ambergris Caye and had quite a large turnout. Not only did the spectators enjoy a good game, in which the home team blew out the Heats, but fans also got the opportunity to get Tigersharks t-shirts.

San Pedro Tigersharks VS Corozal Heats-2The Heats opened the scoreboard when Jason Grant caught the first basket of the match, giving the visiting team an early two-point lead. The Tigerharks’ Tyron Edwards responded with a three-point shot putting the home team up by one point. In the 53rd second of the game, the Heats’ Geovani Lennon caught a 2-point-basket, putting Corozal up by one. And that was the only time the Heats had the lead as the Tigersharks swam off with the points leaving the Corozal Heats sinking in their wake. Winston Pratt and Tyron Edwards, Tigersharks’ top shooters managed to capitalize on several rebounds and turnovers and by the time the first quarter ended, the home team were up against the Heats by a score of 20 to 12. The spectators were not too happy when the home team missed many free throws. But despite the misplays, Tigersharks kept a comfortable nine-point lead over the Heats with a score of 33 to 24 at the end of the first half.

Doug Penland from the charity line Corozal Heat

San Pedro Tigersharks VS Corozal Heats-12At halftime, the organizers threw official Tigersharks T-shirts to the spectators pumping up the excitement level. When the second half of the game began, the Garifuna drummers were called in to complement the cheering. “Oh Corozal, you noh know about the TIGER, Oh Corozal, you noh know about the SHARK… Go TIGERSHARKS,” chanted the Garifuna drummers as the game progressed. The cheering did have a positive impact on the players as the home team began to expand on their lead in the third quarter. In fact, Michael Adams, the team’s tallest player (at 6”11’) decided to show what he had up his sleeve when he made some very impressive blocks and an impressive slam-dunk. At the end of the third quarter, the Tigersharks had a comfortable 20-point lead; 55 to 35.

When the fourth quarter started, the visiting Heats was notably demoralized and obviously committed several offensive, costly, mistakes which San Pedro’s Winston Pratt wasted no time in capitalizing on. Then Adams did it again – he slam-dunked for the second time, electrifying the spectators and redeeming his slow first-half performance. Corozal Heats rallied but the team was unable to catch up. When the game ended, the score was 54 to 79 in favor of the Tigersharks. # 10 -Winston Pratt was the player of the night capturing 20 of the 79 points for the San Pedro Tigersharks. Congratulations boy! Go Tigersharks!

Looking into the up-coming games in week four of the season, on Friday February 28th, Belmopan Bandits will face the Corozal Heats at the Andres Campos Civic Center in Corozal Town while Orange Walk Running Rebels will host the Dangriga Warriors at the Orange Walk Sporting Complex. On Saturday March 1st, Belize City Smart No Limits will play Toledo Diplomats at the Punta Gorda Sporting Complex while the San Pedro Tigersharks will host their second game of the season against Cayo Western Ballaz.

The Tigersharks game will start at 8:00PM at the Rafael Angel Nuñez Auditorium and spectators are asked to come in black t-shirts to show support for the home team!

By Jorge Aldana
San Pedro Sun

 
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