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Jun 13, 2016

Sports Monday: Basketball, Football and Softball Stats

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

 

Friday night’s opener in the Belize District Firm Basketball Competition saw Belize City Council and Civil Aviation Drones open the double header ticket at Bird’s Isle. The City Council roars out of the blocks as Clayton Ogaldez deals to Andrew Vasquez who came out to play knocking down this triple from the left corner. On the next trip down court, Benedict Terry is rewarded for staying with the play—he sinks the easy deuce and would tally 11 pts and lead all players with a game high 14 boards. The City Council runs to a 12 pt lead at the end of the 1st. Cordel Gonzales Jr. keeps the pressure on going glass for 1 of his 9 game points, ballooning the lead to 13 pts. This wakes up Civil Aviation Drones. Roger Reneau receives the inbound pass and raises up to sink the three pointer. He would hit 19 pts and pull 6 boards. Ernest Tench would strike for three the old fashioned way when he comes up with this loose ball to find a friendly run and then he sinks it. Tench would tie Reneau for the team high of 19 pts.

Kelvin Gillett spins and marches through the teeth of the City Council’s defense for 2 of his 17 game pts and at the half, the Drones are only down by 9 pts. However, in the 3rd quarter, Belize City Council would outscore Civil Aviation by 15 pts as they demonstrate the classic 3 man weaves that concludes with Andrew Vasquez with the 2 pts off the glass. Vasquez would post a 2 doubles of 26 pts; the game high and 11 rebounds.

Kenroy Usher comes up with this acrobatic shot for 2 of his 7 game pts for the Drones. Andrew Vasquez works the give and go with Edward Baptist for 2 more pts. The scoreboard reads 65 to 48 at the end of 3. In the 4th, Kenroy Usher tries to bring his team back with this nice reverse and the extra point. It’s the waning seconds of the ballgame with the Drones down by 8 when Akeem Watters goes to the clarity to hit both attempts as belie City Council posts the 85-75 big win. In the other game of the night, Infotel bottled Belikin in a 78 to 69 final score. On Saturday’s ticket, B.T.L. handled Heritage Bank in an 84 to 73 score. Belize Bank Bulldogs downed Tropic Air 90 to 65 and Mayan Man warriors defeated BWSL 85 to 60.

Turning to the football scene, Copper Bank FC of Corozal won the National Female Primary School Title staged at the Isidoro Beaton, forcing Independence Primary of Stann Creek into 2nd. San Lazaro RC of Orange Walk finished 3rd while Dianira Lopez of Copper Bank walked away with the Most Valuable Player Award. On the male side, Chunox Seventh Day Adventist of Corozal took the male title as San Pedro RC of Belize settled for 2nd place. Louisiana Government School of Orange Walk was 3rd and Romario Martimez of Chunox was voted MVP. Kalie Jones of San Lazaro RC received a high school scholarship after emerging as the most exciting player of the tournament. We say congratulations to one and all.

Turning to the Smart Mundialito on Saturday at the MC Grounds, we caught up with Collet Strikers in action against Face of Belize. Early in the ballgame, Kyra Horne, defending Face of Belize takes down Jahren Rivers in the box which attracts the penalty whistle. Jevon Theus gets the call and his left foot launch finds the far corner of the goal to give the Collet Strikers the 1-zip lead. Shemar Gillett hits the near post with this right foot shot but on his 2nd attempt, he finds the bak of the net to give the Collet team a 2-nil lead. In 2nd half play, this splendid individual effort from Shemar Gillett would beat his man and then humbles the keeper with this left touch for the 3-nil Strikers lead. A few minutes later, the goal keeper’s error in goal gives possession to Jahren Rivers and he makes it a 4-nothing lead for Collet Strikers. At the other end, Mushay Grant is taken down by Jevon Theus, attracting the penalty call. Kaseem Sanos gets Face of Belize on the scoreboard with this conversion.

However, under heavy pressure from Shemar Gillett and Chris Maskall, the Face of Belize defense comes up with the auto goal as Collet Strikers grab the big win in a 5-1 blast. In the preceding match, Ladyville Jaguars and Hattieville Riverside Boys just could not find the goal so both settled for a scoreless draw. In other results, Brown Bombers held league leading City Boys to a 1-1 tie; Ladyville Rising Stars and Reality Youths settled for a scoreless draw and Carlston FC blanked Young Warriors 1-zip. City Boys continue to lead the Mundialito with 20 pts, Brown Bombers show 16, Hattieville Boys and Carlston FC have tallied 14 pts apiece to be in 3rd and 4th place respectively.

Finally folks, Orchid Girls of Burrell Boom and Easy Does It of Flowers Bank had to go extra innings to determine who would emerge Champion of the Belize rural Softball Marathon staged yesterday at Lord’s Bank. We join the action in the bottom of the 7th inning with Boom looking to close the show with a 20-18 lead, there are 2 outs when Boom pitcher, Ainnek Baptist hits Ranisha Rhaburn to put 2 on. 3rd base Sharron Robinson comes up and smacks Baptist to the left field and 2 big time runs score in money time. Sharron Robinson at 3rd is the winning run, but Shawn Robinson cannot bring her home and we’re tied at 2 apiece. So we got to the top of the 8th when Sheridan Morgan comes up with the 1 on whose bunt is fumbled by pitcher Margaret Hendy. Sharlene Humphreys facing Hendy bunts to load the bases. Sheridan Humphreys singles to the midfield and Rebecca Nicholson scores from 3rd. in the meantime, this should have been an easy out on Karen Haylock, the throw from 3rd is errant and Sharlene Humphreys gives Boom a 2-run lead.

In the bottom of the 8th, Flowers Bank has 2 outs and 2 runners for the batter, Sharra Robinson, who makes contact but the hit is denied by an amazing catch from shortstop Rebecca Nicholson. Boom would go on to win 22 to 21. Congrats to the 2016 Rural Softball Marathon Champs.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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