San Pedro Tiger Sharks are headed to the NEBL finals!
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks are heading to the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) finals for the second year in a row. After winning their first match in the playoffs against the Belmopan Red Taigaz on Saturday, May 24th, the Tiger Sharks travelled to Belmopan on Saturday, May 30th where they lost in the second match. With that loss, the third and final game was held the next day at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, where the Tiger Sharks dominated the Red Taigaz for a much needed win. Once again the Tiger Sharks will be facing off the Cayo Western Ballaz for the 2015 Championship.
During the past weekend Dangriga Warriors hosted the #1 seed, the Cayo Western Ballaz on Friday, May 29th at the Stann Creek Ecumenical College Auditorium. The Dangriga Warriors were seeking a must-win victory in order to extend the series to a third and decisive game, but unfortunately could not hold off the Cayo Western Ballaz who were eager to make it to the finals. The game ended in an 83-77 point game in favor the Ballaz.
On Saturday, May 30th, the defending champions and the #2 seed entering the playoffs, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks travelled to the University of Belize Gymnasium in Belmopan City to take on the Belmopan Red Taigaz. The defending champions went in confident, but after a stunning match, the Red Taigaz managed to defeat them with a 64-58 point victory. With this loss, the San Pedro Tiger had to return home for the third and final match of their playoff journey.
The Belmopan Red Taigaz travelled to San Pedro to take on the defending champions on Sunday, May 31st. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks had never been defeated on their home court, and on Sunday that record remained impeccable as they were able to win the decisive third game, eliminating the Belmopan team from the playoffs for the second year in a row. Darwin “Puppy” Leslie was the Tiger Sharks’ top scorer, having the game high with a score of 19 points and five rebounds, four assists and five steals, while James Milton tallied 15 points and nine rebounds. The crowd present at the game was in full force supporting the home boys. Tyrone “Mission” Edwards became the hero of the game by nailing 12 points and a game high of five assists, while Andrew Ortiz banks 10 points and five rebounds.
On Friday, June 5th the Cayo Western Ballaz will host the San Pedro Tiger Sharks at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town at 9PM for the first leg of the NEBL finals. Game two of the finals will take place on Sunday, June 7th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town. Both teams will battle for the coveted $20,000 cash prize and bragging right for the 2015/16 NEBL year. If the finals are tied one a-piece, then game three will take place in San Ignacio Town, where the NEBL 2015 Champions will be crowned.
The two teams have previously squared off in the NEBL finals, so this should make for an exciting match! Fans are reminded that all games have a live webcast with the game scores, play-by-play analysis and the box scores for all games. Fans can follow every game live on the NEBL’s webpage, as scores are in real time. The NEBL webpage also contains news, team standings and player statistics and it can be found at www.nebl.sportingpulse.net
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