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Apr 20, 2015

Semi Pro Basketball at its Best in Sports Monday

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

 

As the PLB Closing Season continues to roll, we caught up with yesterday’s showdown in what could be a preview of the finals as Verdes FC hosted Police United inside the Norman Broaster Stadium yesterday. The police jump up early with Andres Makin unleashing the fire power from long distance—goalkeeper, Benito Morreira mishandles the hot potato, but recovers in time to record the save. This fires up the home team so Jarret Davis opts for the acrobatic—Jamie Brooks is tested and he passes the test, not without some trouble. At the other end, Danny Jimenez sets up Harrison “Kafu” Roches nicely and the international beats Morreira, but fails to find the back of the net which should have been an easy one.

Early into 2nd half play, this set piece triggered by Amin August Junior needs a touch from Byron Jones to make it count—alas his timing is off. It’s more police when Byron Jones looks for the left foot, but it might have been missing in action. Meanwhile, Marlon Mesa fresh off the bench flirts with a red card stepping on the keeper’s hand and gets away with it. Police is the power today and Harrison Roches gets to validate that reality; instead he makes Benito Morreira look good. A few minutes later, Mesa provides a more formidable task for the Verdes keeper and this time, he has to work to make the save. In the meantime, we can only say that the Verdes offense continues to sputter in this confrontation and this last touch by David Trapp leaves a lot to be desired.

Verdes looks to steal the big win when Alcides Thomas cranks up this half volley that would have beaten Brooks, who is saved by his best friend. In the end folks, neither team deserved all 3 points. In the meantime, the Belmopan Bandits kept the B.D.F. winless in a 1-zip blast Saturday night. The Police and Verdes FC show identical records of 1 win, 1 draw; Belmopan is 1 and 1, while the B.D.F. has lost both outings so far. Looking ahead, Thursday night’s double header is tentatively going to press time. B.D.F. should face Bandits 7 p.m. at the Norman Broaster while in the night cap, Verdes and the Police will again do battle. Checking the National Team schedule, FIFA should make the dates against the Dominican Republic official. These matches should come up in mid-June.

Turning to the basketball scene, the semi-pro all star game was staged at San Ignacio Saturday night with Dangriga, Belmopan and Cayo comprising the south while the 2 Belize City teams along with San Pedro and Orange Walk made up the north. Folks, the north started off with vengeance. Darwin Leslie from San Pedro sinks this triple and would lead all players tonight with 9 rebounds. Kevin Domingo of No Limit is a bad man tonight and he sinks this put back for 2 of his impressive 15 pts. His teammate, Gregg Rudon, then strikes for 2 of his 17 as the north run to an early 18-2 lead.

The south comes roaring back; Belmopan teammates Terrel Eskridge and Farron Louriano play the 1 man game to perfection for the Louriano slam. At the end of the 1st, it’s a 25 to 19 lead. In the 2nd, Eskridge who would lead all players with 5 assists to go along with 10 pts deals to Trevaughan Usher of Dangriga who lands the triple and would finish with 13 pts. Andrew Ortiz feels it tonight and he slams with emphasis for 2 of his 24 pts while posting the highest efficiency rating for the north with 23. The north leads 52-46 at the half. Lennox bowman opens the 3rd quarter with this lay for 2 of his double digit 14 pts. Farron Louriano gets busy in the 3rd…goes left for the bucket and the conversion for 3 the hard way. He would dominate play posting a game high 26 pts, 8 rebounds and an efficiency rating of 31 to lead all players.

Richard Troyer goes to work, penetrating into the paint for 2 of his 21 pts to go along with 6 rebounds. And guess what? Going into the 4th quarter, the south has its first lead at 73-71. The fourth belongs to the south. Troyer shows hang time for 2 more. Now watch Ivan Flowers find Richard Troyer who sets up Farron Louriano and the mash is automatic. At the other end, Andrew Ortiz answers. Troyer comes back with the triple. The north wins it 107 to 101 and we say good show.

Turning to the 3 point Darwin Leslie of the Tigersharks was money most of the time, but had to settle for 2nd. The man with the magic turned out to be Richard Troyer of Cayo Ballaz, the league’s leading scorer, who validated his status with the 3 point win. Kudos. Checking the Dunk Scene, Andrew Ortiz of San Pedro went in as the favorite, but just couldn’t hang with the 2 finalist. It’s money time and after looking superlative, Farron Louriano comes up with this effort and the judges award him with runner-up status.  He was out done by his teammate, Jarrel Velasquez, who jumped over 3 people—well not quite—but its good enough to earn him the win. We say god show.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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