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Feb 1, 2016

Sporting Highlights with James Adderley

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

 

The MCC Grounds was the scene yesterday where the PLB presented the showdown between the Belize Defence Force making the home stand against the Belmopan Bandits. The Bandits gets the 1st good look at goal. Elroy Smith floats this set piece into the danger zone; Eugene Martinez tries to find the far corner only to see the ball inch its way outside the upright. It’s more Bandits when Martinez fires this left foot to open the scoreboard but Tevin Gamboa come up with a flying save. Shane Flores tries to acquire the lead for the B.D.F. with this long distance offering – the ball misses wide off the target. We’re scoreless at the half. Fresh off the bench this loose ball drops for James Flores and he truly botches the opportunity with this emphatic strike-out. In the meantime the Bandits continue to push forward. Khalid Velasquez sets ups Kevin Johnson for the shot and it’s an intervention by Vallan Sims that saves the day. Elroy Smith then tests Tevin Gamboa’s skills with this set piece launch and the B.D.F. keeper comes up with a huge save. The Belmopan team continues pressing so Norman Anderson gives Tevin Gamboa some work which he is up to. The truth is folks neither team deserved all 3 points in this one nor the scoreless draw emphasizes that narrative.

Turning to the basketball scene, the journey to Orange Walk Friday night’s NEBL brought another no-show by the Running Rebels who were to host Belize City No Limit. The OW team is scheduled to face Independence Thunderbolts at Independence on Saturday and they should see action against the Dangriga Warriors at the Ecumenical College. For a 3rd week, the OW team has been unable to make the scene so we’ll just have to wait and see. Here in Belize City, inside the BES Gym saw the red hot Smart Belize Hurricanes play host to the newcomer, Independence Thunderbolts and it proved to be a blowout from start to finish. The first and only tie in the ballgame comes at 6:54 in the 1st quarter when Jason Daly of Independence sinks these 2 free-throws to know the ballgame at 6 apiece with 6:54 to go. A couple records were posted in this one. It’s the 1st time all 5 starters struck for double digit points. Jacob Leslie steals and gets 2 of his 15 pts. Farron Louriano would lead all scorers with 34 pts and made it a 2 double with 11 rebounds. Last year’s MVP had the highest efficiency ranking with a 37.

Looking ahead, the 3 ballgames we are certain of this weekend finds Dangriga Warriors hosting Cayo Western Ballaz Friday night and here in Belize City, the Belmopan Bandits will look for its 1st season win against Belize City No Limit this Friday at Bird’s Isle. Cayo Western Ballaz and No Limit will class inside the Sacred Heart College Auditorium on Saturday night. San Pedro Tigersharks will host Smart Belize Hurricanes also on Saturday. All 4 teams will see back to back action.

Turning to the track scene, the 5K-5AM running club joined forces with Nutrition for Health and City Run to present the first 3-1 mile event on Friday. Jaheed Smith and Preston Bucknor both posted the same time of 30 mins 47 secs. Bucknor took the U-16 category with Naima Chikade 2nd; Jaheed Smith took the male open class and had to fight off Darwin Elijio who posted a time of 30:48. Shane Reneau settled for 3rd in 32:22. On the female side, Laura Soberanis got top honors in 33 minutes flat and Nicole Solana recorded 34 mins 56 secs for 2nd place.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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