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Dec 5, 2011

Sports Monday with James Adderley

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

The Central Secondary School Sports Association Basketball Competition has been kicking up dust lately inside Belize City so we journeyed to the Civic Centre Friday night to find out which 2 teams would round out the final four since St. John’s College and Wesley College had already made the cut. Friday’s opener found E.P. Yorke facing Nazarene High School and in the opening quarter, Anthony Neal banks this throw off the glass to give Nazarene a 2 pt lead. He would lead all scorers with 21 pts. We’re in the 2nd quarter when Benjamin Hyde hooks up with Alejandro Baptist down low who gets 2 of his 13 points as Nazarene takes a 6 pt lead. On this press, the point guard Hyde again makes a good decision by dealing to Anthony Neal who delivers the bucket. Down by 6, E.P. Yorke goes to Cordel Gonzalez who sinks the three off the pass from Daniel Sanchez.  E.P. Yorke shows good teamwork when Gonzalez finds Tarique Gabb who comes up with a cheeky pass that allows Gabriel Taylor to get 2 pts and would sink that and 1 for 3 the hard way. Taylor would put up 11 pts. Gabb then displays his formidable skills slicing through the defence for 2 of his game high 24 points. And then Gabb knocks down this 3 point shot to give his team 1 point lead late in the quarter. Tyler Myvette hands E.P. Yorke its biggest lead of the ballgame by knocking down this triple—Myvette would contribute 12 points to the cause.

However, this bucket by the streaking Kevin Popper gives E.P. Yorke a 9 pt lead to take into the 4th. In the 4th, Nazarene gets going—Anthony Neal gets the easy bucket off the Popper miss shot. This 3 point dagger by Marvin Martinez threatens to derail the Nazarene run, but Taulib Marin finds himself at the right place at the right time to answer with an uncontested bucket of his own. Tyrell Ramclam then comes up with a big shot in traffic for Nazarene. Ramclam would put up 12 pts. Alejandro Baptist then takes it on himself to earn 3 pts the old fashioned way as the run continues. And of course, this easy bucket by the unattended Taulib Marin seals the win for Nazarene High as they go on to post the 71-66 big Win and are now headed to the playoffs.

Nazarene tries to come back when Taulib Marin comes up with this loose ball to get 2 of his 12 points. The semifinals got underway tonight at the Civic with St. John’s College losing to Nazarene in a do or die attention. Tomorrow Tuesday, Sadie Vernon comes out against Wesley College.

Turning to the football scene, the Belize District Female Football Championship series was postponed over the weekend due to the weather. So this Sunday, game 1 between SMART Millennium and Island Stars kicks off at Caye Caulker at 2:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Hattieville United Youth Sporting Club presents Christmas Cup 2011—an under 15 and an under-17 football marathon this Saturday, December 10th at the Hattieville Football Field. To get in contact, telephone 624-5790 or 669-4330.

In cycling news, the Alpheus Williams Aids Classic is scheduled for this Sunday, December 11th, however, details remain unavailable. In the meantime folks, the defending champions, undefeated Sadie Vernon had an easy time against an overmatched Excelsior Team in the nightcap. Lincey Lopez finds Andrew Ortiz and the deuce in automatic, Ortiz strikes for 10 points in this one. Now it’s Lincey Lopez’s turn as he gets the outlet pass to score 2 of his team high 22 pts. Deon Roches wants 3, Deon Roches gets 3—he would finish with 14 pts. It’s this easy for Sadie Vernon as Kashief Thomas comes up with the steal to find Lincey Lopez who gets 2 more. At the end of 1, the defending champ is up 24 to 9 and it would only get worse for Excelsior. In fact folks, the only highlight for Excelsior was the play of Hayword Hulse who scores 25 of Excelsior’s 45 points in the 96 to 45 rout and Sadie Vernon now has a chance to repeat.

Finally in Interoffice Softball play at the Rogers Stadium on Saturday. Babba Shop Kit Kat walloped KHMH in a 22-15 score that saw G. Munnings get the Win while the loss was tagged to Shawnie Andrews.

Jah Over All, I’m James Adderley.

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