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Apr 13, 2015

Sporting Highlights with James Adderley

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.

 

It was billed as a monster showdown out at San Pedro where Saturday night the defending champion, Tigersharks, hosted undefeated Cayo Western Ballaz in a bid for sweet revenge as the semi-pro season turns. The islanders got off to a fast start paced by the American import, James Milton, who goes left off the glass for 2 and would be the only player to post a 2 double of 16 pts 10 rebounds. Ashton Edwards, who sinks this long deuce, also gives his team needed momentum as the host team runs to a 16-12 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. The table turns in the 2nd quarter as the league’s leading scorer came alive. Richard Troyer pops this baseline jumper and would miss the 2 doubles with his game high 33 pts and 9 rebounds.

Akeem Walters continues his good play loosing the defense to easy bucket off the glass for 2 of his 17 pts. At the half, the San Ignacio Team has wrested the lead in a 33 to 31 score. In the 3rd, Richard Troyer continues his torrid pace striking for 3 as Cayo Western Ballaz initiates the separation. Troyer would go 3 for 4 from beyond the arc. However, the longest triple of the night comes from Ashton Edwards with this heave. Call him Mister Dunk because there’s no stopping Andew Ortiz when he gets the pill down low. Nevertheless, the man of the match is Roger Troyer who earns 3 the hard way on this press. Yes, Mister Troyer, the bank is open and he would go 9 for 15 from the field and 3 for 4 from three point range.

I guess we’ll have to call Akeem Walters Mister too as he slams it in traffic and after 3, the separation is 10 pts. Give it up for Mister Darwin Leslie in the 4th…he puts the Tigershark on his back and on this trip takes on the entire Ballaz defense for three the hard way. Leslie then deals to Douglas Valley and he goes glass and would tally 11 pts and 5 board. We’re tied at 67 apiece in the final minute of regulation and Troyer gets 1 of 2 at the line. Leslie gets his shot at wins for the Tigersharks—he hits the 1st, misses the 2nd and we’re into overtime. In overtime, the Tigersharks opted for the possession game and did the damage from the free throw line. This penetration by Ashton Edwards seals the deal as he gets the triple… it’s sweet revenge for the San Pedro Tigersharks who record the 79 – 75 big win in overtime. Cayo’s clean sheet is gone.

In other action around the league, Belize City No Limit also got the pay back edging Belize Yellow Pages 59-56 on 38 pts from Gregory Rudon. Dangriga Warriors ran over the OW Running Rebels 70 to 55. Looking ahead, all games will be played on Friday night at 9 p.m., No Limit travels to OW; San Pedro visits the Hurricanes and Belmopan Taigaz will be hosted by the Dangriga Warriors. In other basketball news, the Ahmadiya Muslim Community in collaboration with the Belize City Council is presenting a 14 to 17 basketball initiative set to kick off on the 18th of April at Bird’s Isle. Interested players must show up on Saturday for the draft. ID’s are mandatory.

Turning to the football scene, the PLB Season concluded regular season play over the weekend so we took in the clash between the Police and Verdes FC inside the MCC Grounds. Verdes dominates the action from the opening whistle and it’s Jarret Davis looking to open the scoreboard with the left foot launch. Goalkeeper Tevin Gamboa makes the initial stop and then Orlando Trapp streaks in to clean things up. At the other end, Shane Flores takes aim at goal forcing the keeper to come up with a necessary stop. In 2nd half, Verdes continues to control the action—when Victor Morales centers into the box. Orlando Trapp has to give his body for the team. Verdes finally gets the break through off this set piece triggered by Delroy Andrews that is re-directed by Orlando Jimenez for the 1-zip lead.

Some 14 minutes later, this give and go between Jarret Davis and Alcides Thomas finishes with Thomas finding the far corner for the 2-zip victory. The B.D.F. offense was missing in this outing. Meanwhile folks, we could not confirm the 4 teams headed to the playoffs which should begin this very week. Our unofficial record shows it should be the Police, Verdes, Bandits and B.D.F. moving on in that order. We tried to get the schedule and that too remained unavailable. To the PLB we say what you put in is what you get out. Oh, by the way, over the weekend, the Police sink San Ignacio 6 to 1, Wagiya scorched the Placencia Assassins 3-2 and FC Belize defaulted to Belmopan because of a suspension by the league for forfeiting Wednesday night’s match to the police. Go figure people.

In crickets news, Saturday’s Harrison Parky All Star game at Rancho saw Zone I school Zone II 102 to 66 in only 16 of the 20 allotted overs.

Finally folks, the 5th Annual Weekend Warriors Cross Country featuring a 68-mile ride from Loma Luz Santa Elena, Cayo to Cisco Construction on the George Price Highway and we find 35 riders in the start. Raymond Hyde takes the station prize at Mount Hope over David Pollard and then Shelton Graham, Andrew Brown and Douglas Lamb come in view. At Garbutt’s Gas Station in Roaring Creek, Kent Gabourel steps up for the premie. By the time the race reaches Gracie Rock at mile 21, it was Robert Mariano and Kent Gabourel in total command of the lead. The duo would take it to the tape at Cisco Construction around 3½ miles outside Belize City and it’s Robert Mariano of Digicell 4G easily taking the A class title in 3hr 33 mins. Kent Gabourel of Benny’s finishes in the runner up spot. Calman Williams of BelCal and father of the Cross Country Champ, Justin Williams is 3rd. Warren Coye of Santino’s is 4th while Douglas Lamb of Digicell rounds out the top 5.

In the B Class, Ray Cattouse took top honors in the 48 mile ride with a time of 2:18:07. Neru Gilharry of Santino’s pulled finished 3rd while Santino Castillo and Clarence Tesecum rounds out the top 5. Eustace Ireland of Lampaz won the C Class 40 miler with Elden Stone Jame Hyde of Lampaz rolled in 2nd. Eustace Ireland picks up his trophy. Glen Sheppard of Big Black grabbed 3rd place.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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