Tiger Sharks win first NEBL semifinal against Western Ballaz
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks continue to dominate as the number one seed in the 2017 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tournament. After the first round of semi-finals, the Tiger Sharks and the Belmopan Bandits emerged victorious this past weekend.
On Friday, April 28th, the Bandits faced Dangriga’s Dream Ballers at Ecumenical High School in Dangriga Town. In the first quarter, the home team took a seven point lead over the Bandits. However, in the remaining quarters of the game, the Bandits bounced back, winning by a margin of 16 points, 71-55.
On Saturday, April 29th, the Tiger Sharks played a familiar opponent, the Cayo Western Ballaz, at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. With the home court advantage, Tiger Sharks took the lead, leaving no room for the Western Ballaz to catch up. In the third quarter, the Tiger Sharks had a whopping 24-point lead. However, the Western Ballaz rallied, closing the gap in the final quarter with only a one-point deficit in the last 23 seconds. The Tiger Sharks fought for the win, and some free throws in the end allowed them to seal a tight 82-78 victory.
The second round of the semi-final games resumes on Thursday, May 4th at 8:30PM, where the Bandits (#3) will face the Dream Ballers (#2) at the University of Belize’s Gymnasium in Belmopan City. In addition, all the individual awards for the Pepsi NEBL 2017 season will be distributed during the half time game. On Friday, May 5th at 9PM, the Western Ballaz (#4) will take on the Tiger Sharks (#1) at Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town.
All games can be followed live on NEBL’s website 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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