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Marcus Garcia Wins SMART/BBF Raffle!!! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:58

Marcus Garcia of Orange Walk town was the lucky winner of the raffle of two tickets to the Miami Heat vs New York Knicks game on April 6, 2014 sponsored by Smart and the Belize Basketball Federation. Mr. Garcia also won $1000, two round trip tickets, and hotel accommodations in Miami.

The BBF has partnered with SMART in several initiatives including the Ballers for Life summer camp and the most recent National Elite Basketball League. The BBF would like to thank SMART for it kind gesture. Revenues from the raffle will be shared with the federation.

 
Guy Fuller "Xunan", Will be Missed!!! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:13

The Belize Basketball Federation through this medium wishes to convey it’s deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late Guy Fuller better known as “Xunan”.  
The Basketball family will be forever grateful for the many years “Xunan” with his no nonsense and hard nose attitude contributed to the sport either as a player, a coach, an official or as a fan.  
He will be missed, Rest in Peace “Xunan”.

 
Dangriga Warriors Survive The Corozal Heats!!! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 16:06

The Dangriga Warriors picked up their third win after they defeated the Corozal Heats on Saturday, March 8, 2014. They are now 2-0 at home and 3-1 overall in the NEBL. At tip off it was an evenly matched game, as both teams struggle to score any points after four minutes came off the clock. The Corozal Heats made the first two baskets which had them up 4 to 0. The pace eventually started to pick  up as Corozal Heats began hit a turn over streak and the Warriors made them pay. The Warriors went on a huge run which gave them a 16 point lead in the third quarter. Jamir Flores who scored 10pts in the game led this run.

Spectators thought the game was over, but lead by Geovanie Lennan who had 16pts, the Corozal Heats made a run and got back into the game. Lennan was relentless and determine to do it by himself. It was suddenly a four point game.

Gary Francisco who has been struggling in the season showed up in the fourth quarter when his team needed a basket. With the bigger defender on him, Lennan, Francisco took him off the dribble and finished at the rim. He finished with 11pts. Despite the effort from Lennan the Warriors closed out the game the way they should have. The Final Score was 50 to 43.

Trevaughn Usher and Macario Augustine both scored 7pts each for the Warriors.

Jason Daly and Jason Grant both scored 6pts each for the Heats.

By Malik Flores

 

 
FIBA Certification Opportunity!!! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 16:00

The Belize Association of Basketball Officials (BABO), in conjunction with the Belize Basketball Federation and FIBA Americas, will be offering Certification and Re-certification in the following areas:

Referee Certification
Commissioner Certification
National Instructor Certification

The FIBA clinic will be held 8-11 April, either in Belize City or in San Ignacio.

In preparation, all interested persons must attend mandatory workshops which will be held Saturdays 15, 22, and 29 March at the ICB office of Marvin Garcia, on Daly Street, from 9.00 till 11.00 a.m.  Then from 11.00 till noon, a "practical" session to go over mechanics and to do physical training will be held (probably at Birds Isle); therefore, bring suitable attire.

FIBA application forms will be emailed on request and must be filled electronically,

BABO’s email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Corozal Heat Secure Their First Home Victory!!! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 March 2014 21:38

Last Friday night at the Corozal Civic Center, the Corozal Heat (1-3) whipped the Belmopan Point Bandits (2-2) with a score of 67-54 and secured their first win of the season in the NEBL. The first quarter was well played by both teams with very few turn overs committed by either sides. As a result, the lead was volleyed from one team to the other. At the end of the first quarter, Belmopan was up 17-14.

The teams’ evident scoring drives made the second quarter very interesting. Corozal had the upper hand in regards to their three point shooting which was, by far, much better than Belmopan’s; however, Corozal had many more turn overs. Unfortunately for Belmopan, the Bandits failed to capitalize on those turnovers. By the end of the second quarter, the Corozal Heats had taken the lead 35-27. The third quarter saw the Heats trample the Point Bandits as their lead grew to twelve points mainly through the hands of Jason Daly and Kenroy Roca. Roca was on fire, sinking four-three pointers from six attempts. The third quarter ended 53-41 in favor of Corozal.

Brian Gentle with a three pointer shot Jason Daly and Geovannie Lennon

During the fourth quarter, the Belmopan team began to succumb to the pressure applied by the Heats to the extent that they found themselves down by a whopping seventeen points. At this point, seeing the potential massacre, Coach Allen called a time out.  This intervention put the game on pause and gave the Belmopan team a breather and the opportunity to regroup. Whatever he told them seemed to have worked because the Bandits returned with a 12-0 run to cut the lead to five points. However, their newfound gusto was short-lived. The Bandits’ game again fell into a hole when Adam Carswell and Stephen Williams got technical fouls for arguing with the referees.  At this point, Corozal could have killed the Bandits if they had chosen their best free throw shooter for these four give-aways.  Instead, they sent Geovanie Lennon who only hit once giving Corozal a lead of six.  Nevertheless, this did not slow them down. Corozal got the ball and hit a two point conversion which practically sealed the win for the Heats.  This was the point of no return for the Point Bandits, they were unable to recover from the blow. It is worth mentioning that the Corozal fans were a particularly enthusiastic crowd; rallying behind their team throughout the game.   They may well have been the most vocal and loudest in the league this past weekend!

The Bandits did well in terms of turn-overs on this night, averaging 24 per game prior to this match, they were able to cut it down to 10. They lost this battle because they failed to capitalize on free throws (33%) and three point shooting (6%). Belmopan has been good at scoring on the home court, where they have averaged 77 points from two games.  They have not done so well as visitors, where they average 55 points - a 20 point difference. Belmopan’s inconsistency has led some to wonder about their ability to make it to the playoffs. They seem to forget that they have talented players who probably only need minor guidance to be successful. They lost the game to Corozal even before the game was over because of their lack of confidence in themselves. Their frustrations could be seen in the way they played on the court.  Players should always remember to be professional, and not to try to seek a scapegoat for poor performance. Blaming calls, the shot clock or the coach instead of objectively examining the play is not only unproductive but detrimental to the team’s morale!   It is a privilege to be playing in the league, if players would take a few moments to consider this and start enjoying the game, no doubt future wins will be on the road…

Corozal Heats were led by Jason Daly with 16 pts, 5 assists, Geovanie Lennon 12 pts, 7 rebs, Kenroy Roca 12 pts, 1 blk, Alton Herrera 10 pts and Sheldon Williams 8 pts, 1 blk. In a losing effort, Adam Carswell had double doubles; 13 pts, 10 rebs, Christian Rodriguez 12 pts, 8 rebs and Jamal Harris 8 pts. The following week we will see Corozal battling in Dangriga on Saturday night at 8 pm. And on that same night-same time, Belmopan will host San Pedro.

 
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