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Feb 7, 2011

Sports Guru, James Adderley analyzes the stats from the weekend games

James Adderley

Good evening I’m James Adderley with this week’s portion of Sports Monday.

Folks we’re in front of Leslie’s Imports as the Belize Cycling Association launched its 4th Saturday race in preparation for the mighty cross country classic set to blast off on Holy Saturday.  62 riders are signed up for this 26 mile ride and today the pelathon is intent on beating the 1 hour time limit set by the BCA who remain adamant that no prizes will be issued until this criteria in met.

We catch up with the race at the turn around point inside Hattieville and its young Kevin Tillette of Santino’s in control of the blistering pace but as you can see the entire pelathon remains on his heels.

At mile 5, we’ve still got a compact unit as the bid to beat the time limit mounts.

We’re now at the tape for a monster field sprint. The speedster Gregory Lovell grabs the lead; the challenge comes from Chris McNish, Jeovani Leslie and Byron Pope but Lovell lives up to his reputation to give Zamis the big W, McNish of Benny’s Megabytes holds on to 2nd, Jeovani Leslie of Santino’s settles for 3rd, Byron Pope of Megabytes pulls up 4th while Jairo Campos of team typhoon rounds out the top 5.

In the meantime folds for a 4th time in a row our riders have been unable to complete the 26 mile ride in less than 1 hour.  Saturday’s race was clocked at 1:00:42 secs and while it’s the closes they’ve been, the riders still do not deserve any prize according to the Association.

Meanwhile the next big race come sup thus Sunday February 13th and it’s the 16th running of the DigiCell Valentine Cycle Classic.  Public Relations Officer for the B.C.A., Kwame Scott, provides the details.

Kwame Scott, Public Relations Officer, Belize Cycling Association

Kwame Scott

“It will be three races, five categories—the juniors, masters, four, five and females will be riding from Central Farm to Belize City one way; while the elite riders will be riding from the San Ignacio Hotel head west to the Benque Border, make a U-turn and head all the way back to Belize City. All three races will finish at Leslie’s Imports near mile one and a half on the Western Highway.”

James Adderley

“Will the Saturday races being staged by the Belize Cycling Association have an impact on this valentine Classic in terms of time because I am very impressed by the time limit set by the association?”

Kwame Scott

“Well quite honestly, the Saturday races are more for speed and they are mainly ridden on the flats. If you notice this race on Sunday, the elite race starts in the hills and then it comes unto the flat. Remember we are all gearing up for the cross country race which is basically starting and finishing within Belize City so we are heading unto that same course and our goal is to have our riders prepared for the twenty-third of April which is the Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic.”

James Adderley

“Who would be the favorite going into Sunday’s ride?”

Kwame Scott

“Let me just mention that the defending champion is Marlon Castillo and Team Zamir from the north took the top positions last year, however going into this year’s race, I am not sure who would be the favorites, however we do have Shane Vasquez who performed well on New Year’s Day, we have Gregory Lovell who seems to be one of the fastest guys at the finish line and we also have the host of Choto brothers, we have most of our riders are young. We have Nissan Arana, we have Byron Pope and of course we’ll be having some foreigners in the race who also add some spice.”

In other cycling news, Santino Castillo continues to impress by winning Saturday’s 41 mile Weekend Warrior race from a field of 43 riders.  Alton Richie Jr. took 2nd while Charlie Slusher stepped up to 3rd place.

Turning to the football scene, the Super League kicked off its Belize City 1st Division Tournament inside the MCC Grounds and we caught up with Saturday’s match-up between Marathon Champion Brown Bombers and Atlantic Bank.

We’re 17 minutes in and Atlantic Bank is already down 2-nil when Jorge Estrada finds Rudolph Matura and he pulls one back for the bank by sticking with the play.

Early into 2nd half action, the Bombers Germaine Loster tries this left foot that bounces off the crossbar.

At the other end Wilmer Lunes gets this chance to tie the ballgame but instead unleashes a high riser.

The Bombers continue to press so Mark Zuniga deals to Tyronne Muschamp who misses the target from point blank range.

Again Atlantic Bank gets to tie the score when Albert Sesiena beats his man and fires this right foot but its right at the keeper.

Folks, good teamwork pay dividends for the Brown Bombers, when Tyronne Muschamp deals to Francisco Briceño who finds Mark Zuniga and his right foot punch makes it a 3-1 ballgame at the 62nd minute.

Talk about poor defensive play, Briceño’s center should have been easily cleared by Melvin Orlando instead he gifts this ball to Tyronne Muschamp who powers it home for the 4-1 big W.

In other action over the weekend West Lake and Atlantic Insurance battled to a 3-3 stalemate while Yabra FC overwhelmed Kings Park FC in a 5-1 rout.

This Saturday’s schedule finds KHMH in action against Kelly Street, Yabra FC clashes with City Boys United and Brown Bombers take aim at Ebony Lake.

In other football news the Toledo Ambassadors and the Belize Defense Force settled for a 2-2 finish yesterday at Toledo of Game II for the Caribbean Motors Cup now moves to the Norman Broaster Stadium.

Turning to the Harrison Parks Cricket scene, Elvis Moody proved to be the big man in Saturday’s showdown between Bright Star of Sandhill and Brilliance of Crooked Tree.  Moody battled in a game high of runs and then on defense he mowed down 4 wickets as Bright Star beat Brilliance 184-161 runs.

Jermaine Smith of the Crooked Tree Team had an impressive outing leading his team with 55 runs batted in while Rodwell Conorquie stouch for 3 wickets but in a loosing effort.

Meanwhile here are the other results from the Harrison Parks competition.

Borland edged Brave Union 80 to 72.  Surprise took the Police 122-121.  Western Eagles mauled Sunrise 177 to 64.  St. Paul’s Sailo’s hurt wicked 11 123 to 120.  Isabella Uprising handled Unfinished Business 98 to 64 and Easy Does It handled Excellence 159 to 157 with 5 wickets to spare.

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