San Pedro Tiger Sharks clinch #1 seed in the 2018 NEBL playoffs
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks have managed to lock in the #1 seed in the 2018 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) playoffs, after narrowly defeating the Digicell Belize City Defenders 71-68 on Saturday, April 21st in San Pedro Town. With just one week remaining in the NEBL regular season, the results of this upcoming weekend’s games will decide the playoff matchups and the order of the remaining three seeds.
During their last home game of the regular season, the Tiger Sharks hosted the Digicell Defenders at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, where their resilience granted them the much-needed win to secure their playoff seeding. The Defenders were by far the most challenging team the island athletes have played at home court. At the end of the first quarter, the visiting team garnered a four-point lead, and during the second quarter, the Tiger Sharks had difficulty netting any scores at all. The Defenders’ dominance was clear and by halftime, they were leading 33-31.
In the second half of the game, Belize City Defenders’ Lincey Lopez kept netting long distance shots one after the other. San Pedro Tiger Sharks’ Martevious Adams responded by narrowing the gap in the score, but it was not enough and the Defenders stole the third quarter with a tight 51-50.
The game intensified in the last quarter of the match, as both teams kept the score’s gap extremely tight. The Belize City Defenders were in control of the game, but the Tiger Sharks’ defense prevailed in slowing the visiting squad’s attempts of increasing their score. The island team took advantage of every opportunity they had at their opponent’s ring, netting crucial three-pointers to stay on top of the game. The Belize City team fought hard until the last seconds of the game, but they ran out of time and could not seal the victory. The Tiger Sharks emerged victorious with a tight three-point lead. With this win, the Tiger Sharks have secured the number one seed in the playoffs.
On Friday, April 20th the Smart Belize Hurricanes crushed the Belmopan Bandits at home, winning 107-80. The following day, Verdes hosted the Orange Walk Running Rebels, where after four quarters of intense battling, the host team beat the Running Rebels 85-81.
The games for this upcoming weekend start on Friday, April 27th, with the Belmopan Bandits hosting Verdes at the UB Gymnasium. Then on Saturday, April 28th the Smart Belize Hurricanes will travel to face the Dangriga Dream Ballers. On Monday, April 30th the Digicell Belize City Defenders will face Smart Belize Hurricanes at the opening game at the new Belize City Civic Center. These games will determine the final 3 seeds heading into the playoffs. Currently, the Dream Ballers are the #2 seed and will keep that position if they win against #3 seeded Smart Belize Hurricanes. The Digicell Defenders are the #4 seed. Those placements can change if the following happens:
Griga Dream Ballers will fall to the #3 seed if they lose their last game versus Smart Belize Hurricanes by more than 5 points and Smart Belize Hurricanes wins their last game versus DigiCell Belize City Defenders. They will play either Smart Belize Hurricanes or DigiCell Belize City Defenders in the semi-finals.
Smart Belize Hurricanes can clinch the #2 seed and home court advantage in the semi-finals if they win their remaining 2 games versus Griga Dream Ballers and DigiCell Belize City Defenders and if the win versus Griga Dream Ballers is by more than 5 points. They will remain with the #3 seed if they win only one of their remaining games versus Griga Dream Ballers or DigiCell Belize City Defenders.
DigiCell Belize City Defenders can clinch the #3 seed if they win their last game versus Smart Belize Hurricanes and Smart Belize Hurricanes loses their game versus Griga Dream Ballers. Otherwise, they will be the #4 seed going into the playoffs if they lose their last game versus Smart Belize Hurricanes or if Smart Belize Hurricanes defeats Griga Dream Ballers.
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