San Pedro Tiger Sharks take first win of the season
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
In the second week of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tournament, two-time defending champions, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks claimed their first win of the season. They defeated the Belmopan Bandits in a home game on Sunday, January 24th. The weekend of games begun on Friday, January 22nd in Belize City, continued on Saturday, January 23rd in Independence Village, and ended on Sunday, January 24th in San Pedro Town. The winners of the three exciting matches are now one step ahead of the league, with hopes of claiming the title of NEBL Champions.
In the first match, Smart Belize Hurricanes hosted the Cayo Western Ballaz at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium. The game was extremely intense with great fan turnout, as both sides were able to respond to their opponent’s offensive output, but in the end it was Smart Belize Hurricanes who sealed the 96-87 victory. With this game, Smart Belize Hurricanes have two wins under their belt, while Cayo Western Ballaz are left with a win and a loss.
Belize City No Limit traveled down south to take on Independence Thunderbolts at the Independence High School Auditorium on Saturday night for the second game of the weekend. It was a grueling match as both teams gave it their all. Taking their second win for the season was Belize City No Limits in a 74-73 point game.
But the most exciting and anticipated match had to be the San Pedro Tiger Sharks first match of the season. After their first match was canceled due to the Orange Walk Running Rebels withdrawal from the tournament last week, the Tiger Sharks hosted the Belmopan Bandits on Sunday afternoon. The defending champions remained undefeated on their home court, as they handed Belmopan Bandits their second consecutive loss of the season. Belmopan Bandits had a 56-48 lead with less than five minutes remaining, but were unable to close off the game with that lead. San Pedro Tiger Sharks grabbed the 61-60 victory in the final second of the game. The Tiger Sharks were led by Ashton Edwards, who scored 14 points and four rebounds. Newcomer, Gene Myvett, finished the game with a double-double, tallying 11 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, while Caleb Sutton netted 10 points. The Tiger Sharks scored 21 points off turnovers, compared to the seven for Belmopan Bandits. Belmopan Bandits outrebounded the defending champs 56-48, but even so, the Tiger Sharks outscored them 30-24.
The next round of games will start on Friday, January 29th with the San Pedro Tiger Sharks travelling to San Ignacio Town to face the Cayo Western Ballaz at the Sacred Heart College auditorium at 9PM. Also facing off on Friday is Belize City No Limit, who will take on the Orange Walk Running Rebels at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Complex at 9PM. Games will continue Saturday, January 30th with Belmopan Bandits hosting the Dangriga Warriors at the University of Belize gymnasium in Belmopan City at 8PM. The final game of the weekend will be between Smart Belize Hurricanes and Independence Thunderbolts at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium in Belize City on Saturday at 9PM.
All games can be followed live at nebl.sportingpulse.net, with real time box scores while the game is being played. The website also has all game scores, box scores, players and teams’ statistics, along with standings for the season.
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