James Adderley’s groundbreaking sports update
The torrential downpour over the weekend put a hurt on the sporting scene here in the Jewel. Much interest had been focused on the Harrison Parks cricket semi-finals showdown between Excellence of Double Head and Brilliant of Crooked Tree on Saturday but the rains put a halt on the proceedings. In fact, Excellence had amassed 107 runs and 6 wickets when the proceedings had to be put on hold. So now, we look forward to the competition of this cricket match on Saturday. This is the decisive Game III and the winner advances to the championship round against Western Eagles of Rancho Dolores waiting in the wings. So stay tuned.
Meanwhile folks, the pause in the weather on Saturday allowed the Belize Basketball Federation to complete a couple of matches in the 3 by 3 tournament hosted at the Riverside Tavern. Unfortunately, only 6 teams signed up in the open category while two showed up at the U-18 level and we’ll just blame it on the rain. We pick up the action in this matchup between Yabra featuring Vince Estrada, Angus Walla Cherrington Cassian Flowers and Darren Neal facing Edge; Isani Enriquez, Jamir Enriquez, Jason Hyde and Kenroy Usher. Vince Estrada goes down low and then spins to bank it off the glass for the bucket. When Edge fails to sink this left hand play, Darren Neal grabs the rebound and deals to the postman Estrada who swishes the tri-fecta. Neal then hooks up with Estrada who goes behind his back for the assist as Neal sinks the easy bucket. Yabra picks up the Win in an 18 – 8 final score.
Meanwhile, the team to watch is undefeated Warriors who handed Yabra its inky loss in a 18 – 15 final score. Here they are picking Heats apart as Frederick Gabourel deals to Marcel Orosco who goes back to Gabourel for the easy layup. Marcel Orosco then takes his man down low for the flash off the glass and Ervin Orosco goes offensive when he spots up for 3 and hits it as Warriors post the 11 – 5 big Win. Folks, the B.B.F. is reviewing its options for concluding this season so stay tuned.
In other news, the Institute of Sports Training and Education will be launching its 1st Annual Summer Camo Sports Extravaganza at Caye Caulker from July 9th to 27th for males and females from 5 to 19 years in Basketball, Volleyball, Football and Softball. On Saturday, July 14th, the ISTE will present an all day session at the Lopez Mateo Park featuring 3 on 3 basketball, 5 on 5 football, softball and volleyball recreational tournament and open mic for young artists. Contact numbers to get in are 664-2012 and 635-7092.
At this time, we want to salute the Ariel Rosado Memorial Foundation for launching its Inaugural Annual Awards Ceremony at the Belize Institute of Management Conference Room at West Landivar. Included will be 8 High School Scholarships for deserving students and the establishment of a sailing club that will provide for 5 south side Belize City youth to become proficient in handling small crafts on the sea and Sports Monday enthusiastically applauds this effort.
Finally folks, play in the Belmopan Billiards Tournament saw Barrio Fino edge Palma’s Strikers 3 – 2 on Friday. On Saturday, Capital Jewel Shootay beat Shattaz by that same score. On Sunday, Double Header Palma’s Strikers halted Police Snipers 4 – 1 and Dolphins defeated Barrio Fino 3 – 2.