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Mar 11, 2014

Belize Bank Team and Western Ballaz top weekend competitions in Sports

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

 

The 17th running of the Annual Belikin La Ruta Maya attracted 68 canoes as the Mopan River tossed to and fro under the power of the many paddles turning its waters at the start. For sure, some are in it to win it while others are just eager to experience the wonders and trials of a 4-stage, 169 mile journey through the Mopan and Belize Old River featuring 8 categories. 49 miles later, we are at Banana Bank where we find perennial champions, Belize Bank Bulldogs grabbing the stage 1 win in 4 hours 46 minutes 45 seconds with no challenge in sight. 3 minutes 46 seconds later, NICH paddles in uncontested for 2nd place. the Young upstarts, Wateva Boys competing in the Intramural Class finished3rd in 4:53:06, but we do have a short-handed B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm edging out Westrac Stingers by 2 seconds.

In the 2nd stage, we can tell you that the 54 mile event was again taken by the Belize Bank in 5 hours 31 minutes 5 seconds edging out NICH by 3 seconds. Westrac Stingers was next at 5:31:11, B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm 5:31:21 and Wateva Boys rounds out the top 5 at 5:31:47. Now here’s the launch of Stage III from Double Head Cabbage to Henderson Bank for the third leg. Thing is the Belize bank Bulldogs were not at the start and had over a minute to pull into the pack. However, it’s no biggie because 7 miles into the 30 mile stage, we find Westrac, Wateva Boys, NICH, Joseph and Taylor Steelers, B.T.L.’s Cobb’s Arm and who is behind them…no other than Belize Bank. Thus it is no surprise when the Bulldogs attack B.T.L. at the tape and surpasses them to take top honors in 4:28:01 beating Cobb’s Arm by a second. 1 minute later, the Steelers roll in uncontested for 3rd place. While NICH held off Westrac for 4th place, both about a half minute off the pace. Of note is the fact that the Intramural team, Wateva Boys finished just 5 minutes 17 seconds off the pace.

So we fast forward to the finish of the final stage from Burrell Boom to the Belcan Bridge here in Belize City—a distance of some 36 miles. And it is the solidarity figure of Westrac Stingers that commands the scene. Some 300 yards behind, we see the Belize Bank Bulldogs coming into view. However, it’s Westrac who wins the last stage, but we couldn’t get inside the stats before show time. The Belize Bank Bulldogs finishes 2nd for the stage, but the championship was never in doubt. After coming in with a 4 minute 12 seconds lead over their nearest rival, NICH, the victory was never in doubt as Armin Lopez, captain of the Bulldogs, wins his 10th race. In the meantime, B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm survived a late surge from NICH to finish 3rd in the final stage, but NICH came in with almost a 5 minute lead over Cobb’s Arm and finishes 2nd overall. B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm would then take 3rd place overall. Wateva Boys took 5th place in the stage sprint by edging out Joseph and Taylor Steelers and easily won the Intramural Class. Folks we just could not get the official results before show time so you’ll have to join us for our 1 hour package to get the detailed report.

In basketball news, Belize City NO Limits took its 2 & 1 record in the NEBL League to the Sacred Heart College Gym insdie San Ignacio for its date with 3 & 1 Cayo Western Ballaz Friday night. Both teams had their only loss from the surging San Pedro Tigersharks. Brandon Rogers got No Limit rolling with this penetration for 2 off the glass and would be one of the only 2 No Limit players to get into double digits with 11 points. However, the home team stormed back with good passing as Richard Troyer finishes for 2 of his 20 game points and would pull 9 rebounds. When Stanley Flowers dishes to Faron Louriano, the power forward posterizes Brandon Rogers and he would lead all platers in both categories with an impressive 2 doubles of 25 points 16 rebounds. At the end of the 1st, the Ballaz boast a 23-11 lead. In the 2nd quarter, Cayo Western Ballaz extends the lead—Travis Lennan penetrates and gets to the rum untouched for 2 of his 13 game points. A bright spot for the City Team proved to be Andrew Ortiz who on the run shows it home for 2 of his team high 33 poitns. At the hald, the Cayo lead is 45 to 29. Down by 21 points in the 3rd, NO Limits stages a rally—Kevin Domingo goes glass for 2 of his 7 points and would get 3 the hard way. John Rudon wants 3 and gets 3. Domingo then comes down and deals to Brandon Rogers who gets 2 more and at the end of 3, the lead is down to 9. In the 4th, Elsworth Itza comes alive for No Limit. He picks up this missed shot from John Rudon and converts it for 2. Itza then stays with this ball to come up with 2 more points from 2 tries at it. Ortiz gets in on the act and streaks in for 2 points and we’ve got a ballgame. However, this is the bucket that ties the ballgame and it’s from Ortiz. He would give No Limits the lead from the free throw line, but only recorded 4 for 11 from the line.

In the closing minutes, the Ballaz come right back—Richard Troyer finds Travis Lennon and he sinks the big triple. Faron Louriano ties the ballgame at 73 points apiece with this delivery. With 1.5 seconds remaining, Kurt Burgess is fouled and he hits tail end of the visit to the clarity stripe to make it a 74-73 score. Here’s the final play of the ballgame—No Limit goes to Andrew Ortiz whose effort falls just short as Cayo Western Ballaz take the 74-73 big win.

In other action around the NEBL, Dangriga Warriors colled down Corozal Heats 50-43. San Pedro Tigersharks gobbled up Belmopan Bandits 84-58 and its party time in OW as the Running Rebels ran over Toledo Diplomats 87-70 for their 1st season win. Looking to Week 6, Toledo travels to Cayo and Belmopan comes to Belize City on Friday. On Saturday, Dangriga sails to San Pedro and OW visits Corozal.

Turning to the football scene, the 7 team PLB closing season kicked off on Saturday night with 2 ballgames. At Dangriga, Pradise Freedom Fighters bombed the B.D.F. 1-zip and at Belmopan, the Bandits and San Ignacio United rallied to a 3-3 tie. Looking to Week II, on Saturday, Verdes FC plays host to the B.D.F. at 7:30 p.m. and FC Belize travels to the Isidoro Beaton Stadium for its date with Police United. On Sunday, Paradise Freedom Fighters will be at home against Belmopan Bandits.

In cycling news, Race Promoter for the Cycling Federation of Belize, Kwame Scott gives us the latest on the 33rd Annual Belmopan Cycling Classic.

Finally in boxing news, Mexican Belizean Sergio Thompson scored 2 knockdowns on Alvarez in HBO’s Prime Time Boxing Saturday night on his way to a unanimous 12 round decision. We’ll have him shortly on Channel 5 so stay tuned.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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