San Pedro Tiger Sharks claim first win in the 2017 NEBL Season
Monday, January 16th, 2017
The 2017 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) opened on Friday, January 13th with a heated match between 2016 sub champions the San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the Cayo Western Ballaz. Basketball fanatics flocked to the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town for the highly anticipated game. The tight match provided much entertainment for fans of both teams, but in the end it was the Tiger Sharks who claimed victory with an 83 – 55 point score.
The game begun right before 9PM, following a short opening ceremony by tournament organizers. From the very get go, the Tiger Sharks were determined to win. They jumped out to an early 20 – 9 lead at the end of the first quarter, with the Western Ballaz narrowing the gap to 7 points by half time.
The third quarter was the game changer, as San Pedro outscored Cayo Western Ballaz 27 to 11, to take a 23 point lead going into the final quarter of the game. Unfortunately for the Western Ballaz, they were unable to mount a come-back, and the Tiger Sharks took the 83 – 55 victory.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by American National, George Williams, who had the game high of 19 points to go with 5 assists, 1 steal and 50% shooting from the field. Raul “Thumpy” Roches tallied 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists, while Ashton Edwards netted 13 points, including three shots from behind the arc, to go with 4 boards and 2 steals.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks had the lead the entire game, their biggest being 30 points.
This was the only match of the opening week for the 2017 season. The next round of games will be from Thursday, January 19th to Saturday, January 21st. The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, January 19th – Smart Belize Hurricanes vs. Belmopan Bandits at the University of Belize Gymnasium starting at 8:30PM
Friday, January 20th – San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs. Orange Walk Runnings Rebels at the Orange Walk Sporting Complex starting at 9PM
Saturday, January 21st – Dangriga Dream Ballaz vs. Belize City No Limit at the Belize Elementary Gym starting at 9PM.
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