NEBL rolls into its fifth week
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) season has completed its fifth week of competition after three games over the weekend. Games took place in the west, north and centre of the country, bringing out hundreds of basketball fanatics to support their favourite teams. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks did not play any games, and they are currently the tournament’s undefeated team after their third consecutive win on Saturday, February 4th.
The first set of games began in Orange Walk Town, on Friday, February 10th, where the Orange Walk Running Rebels hosted the Belmopan Bandits at the Orange Walk Muti-purpose Complex. It was an intense match, as the home team fought to keep a lead over the visiting squad. At half time, their score was at 52-46 over the visitors, but in the last quarter of the game, the Bandits stole the victory with one golden point, winning 76-75.
Leading for the Belmopan Bandits was James Ewing with 18 points, followed by Roger Reneau scoring 16 points, and Randy Usher with 15 points. Making the highest scores for the Orange Walk Running Rebels were Gregory Rudon with 17 points and Stephen Williams with 15 points.
Meanwhile, on that same day, at the St. Catherine’s Academy Auditorium in Belize City, the Smart Belize Hurricanes were facing Dangriga Dream Ballers. It was another action-packed game, with each team edging on each other during the entire game. However, despite the pressure, the home team kept the lead and emerged victorious with a close score of 62-60.
Key players that contributed to the Hurricanes’ victory included Winston Pratt scoring 18 points, followed by Leroy Louriano with 15 points. While for the Dangriga team, Quinton Bowen had the team high with 22 points, followed by Tahj Wells adding 16 points.
On Saturday, February 11th, the Cayo Western Ballaz welcomed the Belize City No Limit team at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town. During the first two quarters of the game, the home squad dominated the game. However, Belize City No Limit made a comeback after halftime, dominating the third quarter, 42-35. Then, in the last quarter, the Cayo Western Ballaz went in for the win, claiming victory with a final score of 63-56.
Tallying the highest scores for Western Ballaz were Brandon Flowers with 11 points, Daniel Nolberto with 14 points, and Darwin Leslie with 14 points as well. Key contributors to the Belize City No Limit scores included Kenny Brown, who tallied 16 points, Marcus Lewis with 13 points and Kyle Young with 8 points.
The action continues this weekend with two games:
Friday, February 17th-San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs. Dangriga Dream Ballers at the Ecumenical College Auditorium starting at 9PM.
Saturday, February 18th –Smart Belize Hurricanes vs. Belize City No Limit at St. Catherine’s Academy Gym in Belize City starting at 9PM.
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