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Dec 7, 2015

Basketball Championships & PLB Playoffs in Sports

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

 

The PLB playoffs got off with a band this weekend with all 4 teams seeing action. We caught up with the battle of past and present champions as defending champions, Verdes FC hosted the Belmopan Bandits from when they hoisted the championship in last year’s tournament. With dreams of making it 2 titles in a row and inside the friendly confines of the Norman Broaster Stadium, Verdes looks to strike in the opening minutes when Rodney Pacheco picks out Gilroy Thurton of the set piece but Thurton’s header lacks the power against Jerry Trejo. The Bandits; captain, Elroy Kuylen slays like the man on a flying trapeze to head this ball at goal. It has power while accuracy is somewhat lacking. It’s more Bandits as Denmark Casey Jr. rides the bicycle to give Jeremy James a shot at goal, but James is let down by a bad touch. We’re 25 minutes into the ballgame when Rodney centers into the danger zone.

Cristobal Gilharry whose volley is fumbled by goalkeeper Jerry Trejo; Jarret Davis pounces and puts Verdes up 1-zip. 2 minutes later, Jarret Davis is served perfectly to outrun Kyle Flowers he slices away from Trejo to give Verdes FC a 2-zip lead with the left foot. Check this out people – Deon McCauley deals to Gilroy Thurton—Jarret Davis streaks in to set up San Mendez, who certainly forces us to ask, “Que Paso Amigo?”  In 2nd half, Gilroy Thurton dances his way through heavy traffic, but its more glitter than substance. This incident is certainly unfortunate—Elroy Kuylen attacks Jarret Davis from behind; he does touch the ball first, but the laws of gravity kicks in—for which he gets a yellow card. Both players are helped off the field of play; Elroy Kuylen gets the worse of it…he is taken to the hospital and Jarret Davis would continue. \It’s getting late and the Bandits need a goal so Elroy Smith fires this long distance missile that raises over the crossbar. The Bandits continues the pressure for a goal. This outside offering from Edmond Pandy Jr. crashes off the crossbar. Elroy Smith tries to curve this ball into the net, but is foiled by Yusef Guerra. The 2-nil holds up to the long whistle and Verdes is the victor.

In the other playoff match staged on Saturday night at Independence. Placencia Assassins got goals from Alexander peters and Louis Torres to beat Police United 2 to 1 whose only goal came from Harrison “Kafu” Roaches. Looking to the weekend, the playoffs continue with Belmopan hosting Verdes at the F.F.B. Stadium while Police will make it stand against Verdes FC at the Norman Broaster. We have been informed that the venue could be changed so stay tuned.

Now let’s head to Bird’s Isle where the Central Division Secondary Schools Championship took center stage. We join Friday night’s action in the male division as the 2 heavyweights—Gwen Liz and Sadie Vernon—battled in a 3 game series. Game I needed overtime with Gwen Liz defeating Sadie Vernon 100 to 93. Game II Friday night. Darnell Galvez gets Sadie Vernon going with the 1st bucket of the ballgame, swishing the long deuce for 2 of his 19 game points. Folks, you’ll have to keep your eyes on Clancy Lopez of Sadie Vernon who scored 50 pts in game I and here he is slicing through traffic for 2 of his game high 32 pts in game II. However, Gwen Liz shows more depth as they go to Keron Salazar who banks home 2 of his 10 game points.

At the half, Gwen Liz leads 36 – 34. In the 3rd, Keyvon Evans shows off his left hand and he’s one to watch. We must remind you that he scored 49 pts for Gwen Liz in game I. Why? Because he certainly got skills as evidence by this monster dunk in traffic. The battle remains tight because there’s no stopping Sadie Vernon’s Clancy Lopez. Folks, unforeseen circumstances forced a cessation of the wonderful competition for the 2015 title. Who would have known on crate fan would be the culprits. As you can see the scoreboard in all 4’s. and that is where we picked it up Saturday morning tied at 44 apiece. Gwen Liz breaks the tie with this baseline jumper from Devontae Middleton. So Sadie Vernon’s Clancey Lopez goes to work.

At the other end, Aaron Young who could put up 15 pts for Gwen Liz lands this triple and it’s a 58 – 55 Gwen Liz lead at the end of 3. The big man, Keyvon Evans then goes to work and would make 3 the old fashion way to give his team a 5 pt lead. It’s Darnell Galvez who ties the ballgame at 67 pts apiece. Galvez gives Sadie Vernon a 70 to 67 lead from the charity stripe as they try to force a game 3. Clancy Lopez makes it a 2 pt lead with seconds to go. Somehow, Keyvon Evans gets this bucket to foul tying the ballgame at 72 apiece with 25 seconds remaining. Gwen Liz is up by 1 pt when Sadie Vernon inbounds to Clancy Lopez…the shot misses and Gwen Liz is Central Division male Champions with a 74 to 73 final score. Sadie Vernon could have forced a game III, but didn’t.

On the female side, we say congratulations to St. Catherine Academy after winning game I in a lopsided 41 to 12 score against Maud Williams High School. They should have demonstrated the high school spirit by changing the lineup. Tricia Jeffries led the way with 8 pts. Jade Jones put up 4. For Maud Williams, Ashley Bailey and Arika Sutherland scored 7 apiece in the 22-20 loss. Here’s how it ended. Halle Spence comes up with this steal and goes all the way to break the 20-20 tie. Maud Williams has 1 last shot to force the tie—they failed to execute as St. Catherine took the 22-20 big win and the title. Incidentally, Keyvon Evans of Gwen Liz emerged with the male MVP honors. We say congratulations. While Celine Barrow of St. Catherine walked away with the female MVP trophy. Kudos.

In other basketball news, Friday night at Falco Filed, Cassian “the Russian” Flowers put up a game high 14 pts to lead Yabra to the over 35 BECOL title in a 47 to 32 final score over Roaring Creek Special Effect who they swept in 2 straight. Mic Roe Light and peace took the U-23 title by completing the sweep in a 56-38 finish Saturday night that saw Buddy Nolberto lead the way with a game high 13 pts. Brandon Flowers of Benque led his team with 11 pts. And in female play, Western Queen swept the title by finishing off Belmopan Shocks Friday night in a 44 to 30 score. Meanwhile, Christian Ambassadors took the U-19 title, completing the sweep over Sacred Heart College in a 57 to 49 big win. Shaquille Crawford led the way with 24 pts and Clancy Lopes added 19. We say congratulations to the Champions.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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1 Response for “Basketball Championships & PLB Playoffs in Sports”

  1. John Doe says:

    How comes there is no talk about the San Ignacio team that won the championship of the most competitive category? The main event. The Yabra game certainly wasn’t the main event.

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