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Cayo Western Ballaz Falls to San Pedro Tiger Sharks!!! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2014 16:27

On Saturday night the game of the week really lived up to its billing, as the Big 3 from both teams came out to ball where Cayo Western Ballaz (9 - 2 ) hosted the San Pedro Tiger Sharks (10 - 1) in a battle to claim the #1 seed in the National Elite Basketball League. The Sacred Heart College auditorium was packed to capacity as over 1,200 fans poured in to support their team in one of the greatest basketball turnouts for over a decade in the country. The game surely lived up to the hype, as the SHC auditorium had standing room only and the atmosphere in the building was intense from the player introductions. The home team jumped out to an early 6 - 4 lead, ending the quarter leading 15 - 9. The intensity of the game was there from tip off, as both teams came in focused with a mission to leave that game as the #1 team in the league. At the half Cayo Western Ballaz controlled the momentum of the game, holding on to a slim 6 point margin, 33 - 27 in a low scoring half, due to the intense defensive efforts of both teams.
Midway through the third quarter the lead was still 6 points for the home squad, but they were able to stretch it to a double digit lead, leading 51 - 41, and ending the quarter with a 6 point lead, 54 - 48 going into the decisive fourth quarter. At the half time mark in the fourth Cayo Western Ballaz was nurturing a slim 3 point lead as San Pedro Tiger Sharks was slowing gaining the momentum down the stretch. With key buckets by Darwin Leslie and Winston Pratt, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks took a 4 point lead with 2 minutes remaining in the game, which they sealed by hitting key free throws. At the final whistle the visiting team was able to claim the 70 - 65 big W, leaving San Ignacio with the #1 seed in the tournament after week 11.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks was lead by Winston Pratt who scored 17 points while ripping 17 rebounds and having 6 steals while Jamal Kelly tallied 13 points, 3 steals and 3 assists. Darwin "Puppy" Leslie finished the night with 12 points and 7 rebounds while Michael Adams had 11 points and 9 rebounds. In a losing effort Farron "Far-D" Louriano had the game high 29 points and 15 rebounds, with 13 of his rebounds being on the offensive glass. Richard Troyer finished the game with a double double, scoring 17 points and pulling 11 rebounds while Kurt "Chengo" Burgess scored 9 points while getting 20 caroms.
Cayo Western Ballaz was able to hold the lead for 35 minutes of the game but fell short down the stretch, where the visiting team maintained their composure to seal the victory. Tiger Sharks scored 16 points off turnovers compared to Cayo Western Ballaz 6 points, while Tiger Sharks netted 14 points off the bench compared to the home team's 2 points. The home team out rebounded Tiger Sharks 54 - 46 and scored 4 more points in the paint at 42 - 38. With the win, Tiger Sharks is one win away from claiming the #1 seed going into the playoffs while the Cayo Western Ballaz has now fallen to the #2 seed.
By Karim Juan

New FIBA Licensed Personnel!!! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2014 02:30

From April 8-11, 2014, FIBA Director, Lubomir Kotleba  and FIBA Americas Technical Director, Anibal Garcia conducted a clinic in San Ignacio to certify FIBA international referees and FIBA Technical Commissioners. The clinic included four sessions: a written test, a physical test, a practical test and an informative section with questions and answers.

Two candidates successfully completed the referees training course—Mr. Melvin Pinelo from Belmopan and Mr. Marlon Castillo from Dangriga.  Mr. Pinelo is currently a Chemistry teacher at the Sacred Heart College.  Mr. Castillo  currently  serves in the Coast Guard. Mr. Pinelo and Mr. Castillo are now eligible to officiate  any FIBA sanction games worldwide once called upon by FIBA.

Two candidates also successfully completed the Technical Commissioner training- Mr. David Lacey from Belize City and Mr. Karim Juan from San Ignacio. Mr. Lacey is currently a lecturer at St. John’s College Sixth Form and Mr. Juan is the Vice Principal at Sacred Heart College.

Mr. Denfield “Teddy” Andrewin was also appointed as the National Instructor for Referees. Mr. Andrewin is currently a stevedore at Ports of Belize Ltd.

Denfield, Marlon and Melvin are current officials in the NEBL. Karim is the Head Coach of the Cayo Western Ballaz and David continues to be a devoted table official in as many games as possible.

We appreciate the personal efforts of these gentlemen as well as their contributions to the league and basketball in Belize. Development is a gradual process and continuous self-improvement facilitates that process.

We wish them the best and hope they inspire others to follow.


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

Cayo Western Ballaz Triumphed Over Griga Warriors!!!!! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:55

Last Saturday night the Y Not Island was packed with Dangriga fans who came out to support their home team, Dangriga Warriors (3 - 4), as they took on the Cayo Western Ballaz (7 - 1), who came in full force to support their team. Dangriga Warriors jumped out to an early start as they took a 14 - 7 lead in the first quarter, as they packed the paint defensively, limiting the space for the big men from Western Ballaz to operate. After a few jumpers to end the quarter, the team from out West was able to cut the lead to 18 - 16 at the end of the first quarter. At the start of the second quarter Cayo Western Ballaz took a 23 - 18 lead but Dangriga Warriors were able to respond behind the aggressive play of Trevaughn Usher and Gary Francisco, as they gave the home team a 25 - 24 lead going into the half.

The score remained close up to the mid way point of the third quarter, when Richard Troyer got hot, sinking four three pointers to open the Cayo Western Ballaz lead to a 45 - 36 lead at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter the visiting team was able to extend the lead to 15 points, as they were able to hold on to the double digit lead to the end of the game, winning 61 - 48.

From L-R:Farron Louriano, Kurt Burgess & Richard Troyer

Cayo Western Ballaz was lead by Richard Troyer who finished the night with 17 points, 4 three pointers, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Farron "Far D" Louriano struggled offensively, finishing with only 6 points, but was able to grab the game high 16 rebounds, remaining as the top rebounder in the League after 8 weeks. Kurt "Chengo" Burgess finished the night with a double double of 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Ivan Flowers had 7 points, 6 assists and 2 steals. In a losing effort, Dangriga Warriors were lead by Trevaughn Usher who finished with the game high 20 points to go with 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Gary Francisco was the only other offensive threat, as he finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals, while Frank Williams ended the night with 4 points and 10 rebounds.

With the win, Cayo Western Ballaz remains atop the standings with a 7 - 1 record, tied for first place with San Pedro Tiger Sharks, while Dangriga Warriors fell below .500 for the first time this season, with a losing record of 3 - 4. This Thursday Dangriga Warriors will travel to the UB Gymnasium in Belmopan to take on the Belmopan Point Bandits, as they try to snap their two game losing streak and get back to winning ball, while Cayo Western Ballaz will play host to the Orange Walk Running Rebels on Friday night at the SHC auditorium. Both Dangriga and Belmopan are outside looking in, for that fourth and final playoff berth. Both games will start at 9 p.m. as the National Elite Basketball League moves into week 9 of its tournament, with only 5 more weeks remaining.
By Karim Juan

Belize Basketball Federation launch Elite Basketball League with FIBA Organizer!!! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 09:13

The Elite Basketball League in Belize has recently become the first Basketball Federation outside of Australia to use the new online version of FIBA Organizer.

Over the past twelve months SportingPulse has been customising our online competitions module to cater for both grassroots and elite basketball. The online tool is now fully integrated with FIBA LiveStats and Stadium Scoring.

Belize Basketball Federation President Paul Thompson was complementary of the online FIBA Organizer, “FIBA Organizer and Livestats programs have provided a breakthrough in the use of technology to record all aspects of organizing basketball  in one location in Belize. In the past, data about tournaments and games would take days before information would be released to basketball stakeholders. This robust program now allows coaches to strategize, players to follow their progress, fans to gain information and the media to have easy access to all of their questions and concerns. In a developing country, like Belize, this is an example of technology enhancing and developing basketball.”

Ben Turner, SportingPulse International, notes that Belize is the first of many Federations to begin using the new solution. "We are exciting to be piloting the online edition of FIBA Organizer with the Belize Basketball Federation. They have been a long time user of FIBA LiveStats and we appreciate their eagerness to try out the new tool."

"The online version of FIBA Organizer has already been rolled out throughout Australia and the completion of the FIBA LiveStats integration we are ready to begin rolling out the tool Internationally,".

National Federations and Leagues can request access to the online FIBA Organizer by visiting www.fibaorganizer.com

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