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Belize debuts with a win in COCABA U-17 Tournament!!!

In the opening of the 2011 COCABA U 17 Tournament in Costa Rica, Belize took the lead in group B after a crushing defeat over Nicaragua 88 – 57. Belize led the game throughout the four quarters and only in the second quarter did Nicaragua show signs of a comeback when they got as close as one point to even the scoreboard (40-39). Nevertheless, in the second half our young men came out on fire finishing the third quarter 72 – 49.

 Devin Daly

 Tariq Middleton

By the end of the final whistle Belize had overcome by as many as 31 points. Belize was led by Brian White who had an outstanding afternoon with double doubles; 22 points, 12 rebounds followed by Devin Daly with 19 points, 7 rebounds and Tariq Middleton with 14 points.  For Nicaragua, Romario Ponce scored 20 points and Denzel Moody 15 points. For more statistics on the game please check on the section: WHAT’S NEW/Score Board from this site.

 Brain White

In other games from group B, Mexico defeated El Salvador with a last minute three pointer to win the game 57-55 and claim the second spot of the group. Tomorrow Belize plays against El Salvador at 6 pm and with a win can mathematically clinch a berth in the semi-finals.

This game can be followed live on the following website:   http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/6891/01/51/00/68W8SKODYm546/

 
Belize Telemedia National Basketball Tournament has come to an end!!!

The Belize Telemedia U-15 and U-17 National Basketball Championship has come to an end as teams from Belize City took both categories at the Orange Walk multipurpose complex in Orange Walk Town over the weekend of the 15-16 of April.

In the U-15 division, Rising Stars defeated Junior Spartans 80 – 44 in the finals. Rising Stars were led by Roderick Williams with 34 points, 5 steals, Shaquille Crawford with 14 points, Zachary Usher with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks and Keyvon Evans with 10 points. In a losing effort D’ondre Reynolds scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks while Keith Francisco scored 11 points.

In the U-17 championship Kruzzars crushed the Foreshore Spartans 101-41. Devin Daly led with 22 points. Spartans’ Hubert Usher Jr. had 16 points and Lucien Hasbun had 13 points, but Kruzzars’ Tariq Middleton scored 14 points and Kyle Middleton’s 12 points took the lead to 47-24 at the half.  Kruzzars led 77-34 by the end of the 3rd quarter, and then added 24 points to the Spartans’ 7 points to deliver the crushing defeat.

 U-17 Champions, Kruzzars

 

The Belize Basketball Federation president Paul Thompson presented the championship trophy and individual trophies to the Kruzzars at the awards ceremony after the final game, and the Spartans got 2nd place trophies. The Benque Eagles received 3rd place medals and the Most Valuable Player award went to Kruzzars’ Devin Daly.

 
Spartans Cap Perfect U-17 Season with Championship!!!

The Foreshore Spartans are the DBA U17 Tournament Champions. The BTL sponsored tournament concluded this weekend with the Foreshore Spartans defeating Harlem 56-50 in the finals. The victory marked the team’s 8th consecutive win of the season. The first time these teams met back on March 5th, both were unbeaten and the game was billed as the game of the season. After climbing to a 12 point lead in the third quarter, Harlem pressed their way back into the game, behind Egbert Martinez’s 24-point performance, only to loose by 2. This final game followed a similar pattern, with Foreshore being the aggressor early pushing a five point half time lead to double figures by mid-third quarter. Harlem proved their resilience once again battling back to bring the lead down to three with under 2 minutes to go in the game. This was after losing point guard Brandon Castillo late in the third quarter after he fouled out. Castillo had a miserable outing only netting 5 points, 2 assists to go with his 5 fouls that sidelined him for the rest of the game. Harlem’s best hope, Egbert Martinez, finished with 15 points to lead his team, but missed 11 free throws, after going 12-14 on the line in the previous encounter. Both teams struggled from the line but the difference was Foreshore struggled early while Harlem struggled in the fourth quarter when it really mattered as the game was reduced to a free throw shooting contest late. For the Spartans, eventual tourney MVP, Trevon Mitchell had a big double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead his team in both categories. The Spartans maintained balance as usual with 3 players other than Mitchell also scoring in double figures. Darren Levy and Lucien Hasbun had 11 each while Hubert Usher finished with 10. The Spartans like their U15 counterparts, the Junior Spartans, now look forward to taking on the Punta Gorda teams on Saturday, April 9 in the Southern Regional finals to earn a spot in the National finals to be held in Orange Walk in the up-coming weeks.

 DBA U-17 Champs: Spartans

 
DBA U-17 Sub-champs: Harlem

 

BTL-BBF U-17 Basketball Results – Championship Finals

Foreshore Spartans 56 – Harlem 50

Notable Performers:

Foreshore Spartans

Trevon Mitchell – 15pts, 14rebs

Darren Levy – 11pts, 4rebs, 3asts

Hubert Usher – 10pts, 4rebs

Harlem

Egbert Martinez – 15pts, 2rebs, 3stls

Dominique Nicholas – 10pts, 6rebs

Shai Peters – 9pts, 7rebs, 2stls

 

 DBA U-15 Champs: Junior Spartans

 DBA U-15 Sub-champs: New Site

 

The following awards were issued following the championship game;

 U17

MVP – Trevon Mitchell, Foreshore Spartans

Top Scorer – Hubert Usher, Foreshore Spartans

Most Rebounds – Jordan Walters, Foreshore Spartans

Most Assists – Trevon Mitchell, Foreshore Spartans

 U15

MVP – Lesley Williams, Junior Spartans

Top Scorer – Darnae Garcia, New Site Young-gunners

Most Rebounds – Darnae Garcia, New Site Young-gunners

Most Assists – Lesley Williams, Junior Spartans

Congratulations to the winners and all participants in the tournament.

 

 
BTL Championship Games in San Ignacio!!!
The two BTL championship games for the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Basketball Association, SSBA, took place this past Sunday at the Falcon Field.  In the U15 division, the #1 seed Harlem took on the #3 seed, Young Stars.  Harlem outdid Young Stars, 24 – 21, behind Santiago Clark’s 8 points, while Christian Hernandez scored 6 points in a losing effort.  Santiago Clark was awarded the MVP of the U15 division, while also claiming the award for most assists, averaging 2.29/game.  Nigel Daly took home the award for top scorer, sinking 18.25 points/game while Jamie Carbajal was the top rebounder with 11.83 caroms/game.

 Benque Eagles U-17 Champs

 Harlem U-15 Champs

The nightcap featured the championship game for the U17 division, where the fans witnessed an unbelievable upset, as the #1 seed, and undefeated Ball Stars fell to the #2 seed, Benque Eagles, by the final score of 51 – 44.  Benque Eagles was lead by a balanced attack, where Delwin Guevara netted 15 points, Gustavo Pech scored 11 points and Mark Tesucum and Najib Hernandez sank 9 points apiece.  In their only game in the regular season, Ball Stars blew out Benque Eagles, 58 – 35, while winning their regular season games by an average of 26 points.  Ball Stars dominance in the entire tournament was short lived by one great game by Benque Eagles, who displayed a lot of confidence going up against the power house in their division.  In a losing effort, Santiago Clark scored 10 points for Ball Stars.

 Santiago Clarke U-15 MVP


 Ulisses Duarte U-15 MVP

 

In the U17 division, Gustavo Pech (Benque Eagles) claimed the award for most rebounds, averaging 10.22/game, while Mark Tesucum (Benque Eagles) was the top scorer in this division with 11.44 points/game and Roy Zuniga from Ball Stars lead the division in assists with 2.5/game.  The MVP for the tournament was Benque Eagles’ point guard, Ulises Duarte.  The U15 and U17 winners will now play a home and away series with the champions from Belmopan, to see who will advance to the BTL National Championship which will be held in Orange Walk Town.

 Jamie Carbajal, Nigel Daly & Santiago Clarke (L to R)

SSBA

 
Foreshore Spartans close regular season undefeated, while Backatown Warriors end 3-game losing streak!!!

The Foreshore Spartans end their regular season undefeated with a sixth straight win. They closed capped their impressive season, so far, with a win over the Hopkins U17 team that was fighting to gain a fourth seed and a playoff berth. It would not be a walk-over for the mighty Spartans, but they powered their way through with power forward Trevon Mitchell and his 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Spartans center Jordan Walters continued to be a defensive presence in the middle with 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, but more imposing was his season high offensive output of 14 points. Hopkins kept the game close behind the efforts of Deshawn Nunez and Hyden Casimiro who both had 10 points a piece. That wasn’t enough. Foreshore squeezed out the 41-36 victory and clinched the number one seed going into the playoffs.

 Hyden Casimiro

 Trevon Mitchell

 

In the second game, the Backatown Warriors, like Hopkins , were trying to secure the fourth seed and a chance at redemption with a playoff berth. Their opponents, the Cadet Trailblazers were simply trying to secure their first non-forfeit win of the season. The Cadets played like the team with more to gain and they led almost the entire game, but their hopes were dashed when Johnathan Cal missed the first of two free throws with 0.1 seconds on the clock and his team down by two. Cal made the second, but it was not enough to force overtime. Cal finished with 12 points to lead the Trailblazers, while Francis Noralez added 4 points and 13 rebounds. The Warriors guard Aaron Castillo led his team with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while forward Marton Alvarez had his best game of the season by contributing 12 points and 9 rebounds.

 Aaron Castillo

 Johnathan Cal

The final games of the season will be played in Hopkins this Saturday, March 19, 2011.

 

Cadet Trailblazers vs Hopkins

Blazin Stars vs Harlem

 
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