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Aug 10, 2015

Weekend Sporting Highlights with James Adderley

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

 

The jockey for position going into the Interoffice Basketball League Championships continued Friday night with Belikin and BWS Pressure facing off in a ballgame that could put Belikin into the #1 slot on Saturday night’s ticket. It’s the beer setting the pace early as Kadeem Olivera dishes to his Captain Darren Neal who glasses 2 of his 9 game points; he believes he’s fouled, but he ain’t the referee. BWS answers as Wordsworth Lucas links up with Luis Barcelona who would give his team 16 pts and it’s a 3 pt lead for the Water Company at the end of the 1st. in the 2nd, Michael Staine grabs the beard and launches the quarterback pass to Kadeem Olivera who smashes it home with emphasis. Olivera is the go to man for Belikin tonight and again, he delivers the dunk. He would lead all platers with 28 pts.

However at the end of the 3rd quarter, it’s BWS with the 44 to 38 lead. Olivera leads the Belikin charge in the 4th and with this shot his team is down by 1. In a ballgame of shifting momentums, Luis Barcelona restores the lead for BWS. Nevertheless, when Michael Staine gets rid of the defense for the easy 2, it looks like Belikin has sealed the win. Staine would total 8 pts. Tied at 54 apiece, Akeem Trapp who would strike for the game high gets the chance to give BWS Pressure the win from the free throw line—he misses both, so we’re off to overtime. This triple by Leroy Forbes applies pressure by BWS. Forbes comes away with 9 pts in this one. Folks, credit Ashley Hemsley with this big time steal—he deals to Leroy Forbes and it’s a big bucket for the Pressure, who go on to take the ballgame in a 67 to 63 big W.

Both teams would nevertheless move on to the playoffs which gets off on the 14th of August at the island. In other results from the weekend, Belikin suffered 2 losses going to wire, falling to Central Bank in a 78 to 75 decision Saturday night. Belize bank Bulldogs got trounced by Atlantic Bank 61 to 51. Central Bank also tumbled after getting trashed by Infotel 55 to 43 and Heritage Bank knocked off BWS Pressure 59 to 57. The opening round of the playoffs find Heritage facing Belikin, while the Belize Bank Bulldogs will battle BWS Pressure on the 14th of August. Meanwhile on the 15th, it’s Central Health in action against Digicell 4G and Central bank will take aim at Atlantic Bank.

In football news, we caught up with money time in the Cayo District Female Competition with Rising Stars taking aim at Real West Strikers. Shantel Robinson takes aim at Yanira Duarte in the opening minutes only to see the left foot strike inch outside the sticks. It’s Shantel Robinson again on the attack and this time she beats Duarte. Leonella Chuch gets the last touch, but the ball had already crossed the line. Rising Starts take the 1-nil lead at the 8th minute. When this pass filters through to Renai Augustine and she puts it away to give the stars a 2-zip lead. Real West Strikers looks to get on the scoreboard in 2nd half play. Natasha Tillett with the perfect pass to Vicky Ponce who fails to convert but does get the attention of goalkeeper, Jasmine Armstrong.

Late in 2nd half action, the breakthrough for the Strikers comes thanks to this individual effort from Vicky Ponce who outruns the defense to push the ball past a diving Jasmine Armstrong for the 2-1 score. That’s all she wrote as Rising Stars FC takes the title and we say congratulations. Guess what, the Stars were so confident going in that they had already printed their championship shirts. Naomi Gamboa of Rising Stars walked away with MVP honors. Midfielder award went to Julie Ponce of Real Strikers. Most goal for regular season was taken by Kimberly Perez of the Lucky Strikers and Shamaya Calez of Rising Stars received the most goal scored in the playoffs.

In other football news, play in 9 a side football at Caye Caulker saw Lizard Juice double Rainbow 2 to 1; Caye Caulker Boys bombed Tsunami 5-zip, while CC United and Danger Boys battled to a 1-nil stalemate.

On the softball scene, action in the Belize Rural Softball Tournament – UB Jaguars pounced on winless Country Rose in a 17-6rout. Lord’s Bank Sunrise melted Easy Does It 16 to 9 and Double Head Cabbage blanked Willows Bank 12-zip.

Finally in cycling news, Raymond Singh won the 6 to 8 years race in the C-Ray Youth Summer Races staged yesterday on Princess Margaret Drive, beating out Devin Major who took 2nd and Kofi Smith took 3rd. At the 9 to 12 age group, Derrick brown took top honor. Daejon Miles took second and Keon Staine 3rd. The 13 to 15 bracket brought a hotly contested 6-man sprint taken by Nashan Ysaguirre edging out Shawn Codd and Shaquirre Tillett. In the 16 to 18 years class, Nashen Ysaguirre, on the outside, sprints in for top honors beating out Kaydine Pinelo and Shaquirre Tillett.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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