NEBL 2016 Tournament winding down
Friday, March 25th, 2016
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) saw much excitement this past weekend. Basketball fans were not only treated to four spectacular matches, but also to the All Star Night. As for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, they seem to be back in the game, nabbing a much needed win in their latest games. While the Tiger Sharks still remain in the fifth position on the NEBL leader board with 15 points, hopes are still high for a comeback.
All four scheduled matches for the ninth week of the tournament were held on Friday, March 18th. Starting off the games were the Belize City No Limit who hosted the Cayo Western Ballaz at Bird’s Isle in Belize City. The home team jumped out to an early 20 – 16 first quarter lead, which they extended to 36 – 27 by intermission. In the second half, the lead was extended to 26 points, which Belize City No Limit never relinquished, easily winning the game 85 – 61. In the following game, Smart Belize Hurricanes traveled to the south to face their rivals, Dangriga Warriors at the Ecumenical High School. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, the Dangriga Warriors delivered a 72 – 54 blowout win at their home court. Also playing on Friday were the Orange Walk Running Rebels who hosted Belmopan Bandits at the Orange Walk Multi Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town. Belmopan Bandits won 98 – 67.
In the final match of the night, our San Pedro Tiger Sharks traveled down south to take on Independence Thunderbolts at the Independence High School. San Pedro Tiger Sharks jumped out to a huge, 35 – 8 lead at the end of the first quarter. San Pedro was able to maintain control of the game, easily winning 99- 82. San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Ashton Edwards who had his career high 45 points, including 10 three-pointers, shooting 59% from the field, registering 3 assists and 3 rebounds, playing less than 30 minutes of the game. Caleb Sutton tallied 15 points and 5 rebounds, while Douglas Valley finished with 14 points and 3 rebounds.
Following Friday night’s excitement, NEBL hosted its second All Star Night at the University of Belize gymnasium in Belmopan City on Saturday, March 19th. Caleb Sutton from San Pedro Tiger Sharks claimed the Wings Stop Skills Challenge, while Marcel Orosco from Belize City No Limit was the Aguada Hotel Three Point Champion. Caleb Sutton from San Pedro Tiger Sharks was also the winner of the Wings Stop Slam Dunk contest. North team won the VIP Wireless All Star Game. The top scorer for the All Star game was Farron Louriano with 34 points, who claimed the MVP honors for the second consecutive year. The North team was composed of Roger Reneau (Orange Walk Running Rebels), Ashton Edwards (San Pedro Tiger Sharks), Brian White (Smart Belize Hurricanes), Darwin “Puppy” Leslie (Smart Belize Hurricanes), Gene Myvett (San Pedro Tiger Sharks), Gregory Rudon (Belize City No Limit), Michael Bables (Belize City No Limit), Glency Lopez (Smart Belize Hurricanes), Farron Louriano (Smart Belize Hurricanes), Raul Roches (San Pedro Tiger Sharks), Caleb Sutton (San Pedro Tiger Sharks) and Jason Grant (Orange Walk Running Rebels).
Games will resume on Friday, April 1st, after taking the weekend off for Easter break.
Current Standings for the tournament are below:
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