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Feb 15, 2016

Basketball, Football and Cycling on Sports Monday

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


The drums of Dangriga sounded the challenge as Dangriga Warriors invaded Belize City to take on the leading Belize City Smart Hurricanes at Bird’s Isle Saturday night. The Warriors came in sporting a 3-2 record after falling to the defending champ Friday night while the Hurricanes might just be the team to beat after sprinting to a 4 & 0 record. It’s a tense ballgame in the opening minutes so lefty Farron Louriano gets the City started with this penetration and would finish with 11 pts. At the other end, Quinton Bowen stops and pops for 2 of his 7 game pts. On this trip down court, Bowen pounds ball down low to post up player James Ewing who sinks the tough bucket against Louriano, but would miss the freebie. Ewing would finish with the game high of 15 pts to go along with 8 rebounds and the highest efficiency rating of 20.

Nevertheless at the end of the 1st quarter, the host team is up 17 to 11. Brian White  comes up with this tough bucket for 2 of his 11 game pts as the Hurricanes try to pull away. Lopez also gets going after getting this long pass from Mister White. Lopez lands the lay and would put up 11 pts as the Hurricanes grab an 11 pt lead. Dangriga goes to James Ewing for some offense—the left hand counts. Edgar Mitchell comes up with this long deuce—he thought it was but he stepped on the line. At the half, the lead is cut to 6. Lisbey Castillo steps up for Griga in the 3rd; he strips Darwin Leslie and gets the easy deuce and thanks to his skillful defense. The runner then crashes off the glass for 2—Castillo would put up 12 pts in this one. Early in the 4th, Ty Bradley hooks up with Akeem Waters who sinks the triple. Bradley would dish the game high of 4 assists; Waters would score the team high of 13. Farron Louriano spots Mister 2 doubles, Brian White, who helps to increase the separation. Brian had the only 2 doubles with the game high 12 boards and 11 pts. Ty Bradley connects with the unguarded Farron Louriano who gets the chance to display his slam dunk skills. In the closing moments, Glancy Lopez is fouled by Lisbey Castillo—this produced an undeserved outburst from Coach Matthew Smiling who had been protesting many of the calls, forcing Referee Dwight Cadle to give him his marching orders.

The Mighty Smart Belize Hurricanes run their record to an impressive 5 & 0 start with the 9 pt big win over the Warriors. In other action over the weekend, the Belmopan Bandits vented their frustration on Independence Thunderbolts in a 114 to 43 rout and have finally got on to the win column. San Pedro Tigersharks also faced Independence and kept them winless in a 75 to 41 decision. Looking ahead, come Friday night, the Belmopan Bandits travel to Cayo Western Ballaz; OW Running Rebels are scheduled to visit Smart Belize Hurricanes. On Saturday, Dangriga Warriors travels to Independence; Running Rebels should visit Belmopan and it’s a biggie out at the island when San Pedro Tigersharks host Belize City No Limits.

In primary school basketball play here in Belize City, St. John’s Anglican edged out St. Martin’s De Porres 13-11 for the city title while Belize Elementary ran past Muslim Community 11-2 to finish 3rd in the female competition. On the male side, St. Martin De Porres took top honors with the 25 to 22 big win over Belize Elementary. St. Joseph finished 3rd with the St. John Vianney default.

In football news, Police United emerged out of week 4 of the PLB Tournament with a 4-3 clubbing of the Placencia Assassins yesterday and a 9 pt showing. Belmopan Bandits moved up to 2nd place with a 2-zip shelling of Verdes FC to now have 8 pts and the B.D.F. kept Wagiya winless in a 1-zip blast at the MCC to now show 7 pts.

Finally in cycling news, here is the start to the Santino’s Valentine Cycling Classic that ran for 50 miles from Leslie’s Imports through the Boom Circuit and swing back at the Phillip Goldson Highway junction to finish where it started, featuring some 20 riders. Kareem Flowers of Santino’s steps out of the pack at mile 10 ato grab the 1st station prize. At the turning point, it’s Warren Coye of Santino’s in command of the pace. We find a new configuration at Kolbe on the return. At mile 10, Daniel Cano opts for the solo flight to capture the last of the premies. The suicide fly proves to be disastrous for Cano who is gobbled up by the chase pack on the curve to the tape.

So here’s the finish. Dean Belisle of BELCAL decides it is his to take and does just that edging out Kareem Flowers of Santino’s, Warren Coye has to settle for 3rd. Preston Martinez of Kulture Tours hands on to 4th place while Kirk Sutherland of Digicell 4G rounds out the 5 at 2 hrs 15 mins 11 secs.


Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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