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Mar 17, 2014

James Adderley has the weekend sporting activities

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

 

The spotlight of NEBL basketball shone on Belize City’s Smart No Limit Friday night as they faced the Belmopan Bandits at Big Birds Isle in a bid to rebound from week 5’s heartbreaking loss to Cayo Western Ballaz at San Ignacio. The visitors open the scoreboard when Isani Enriquez misses the left hand lay, Adan Coswell battles Kevin Domingo for the rebound and then puts it back to get things going. Folks tonight Gregg Rudon would display his shooting powers and he starts off with this long deuce to tie the ballgame. Rudon then launches the triple as No Limit begins to pull away in the 1st quarter. Rudon would finish with the game high of 26 points. Folks Adan Coswell the big center for the Bandits was the most influential player for the visitors and would strike for 13 points. At half the lead wars down to 12 points. For No Limit Andrew “Bynum” Ortiz was a monster on this dunk he would record 12 points. On this dunk he was pretty impressive on the move. And here is his 3rd of the night and this one really took some doing. Stephen Williams did his bit for Belmopan scoring 3 of his 13 game points right here but the die had been cast. When the long whistle comes Smart No Limit had posted the 73 to 56 big W to take this record to 3 wins 2 losses. In the meantime we apologize to the players and fans for not having the official stats but they came a bit too late.

In the other action around the league Cayo Western Ballaz ran over Toledo Diplomats 83 to 54. The Tigersharks beat Dangriga Culture Warriors 88 to 78 and Corozal Heats burned the OW Running Rebels 80 to 79. Looking to the week 7, the Bandits will host Cayo Thursday night at the UB stadium and Dangriga Warriors will host Smart No Limit Friday night. ON Saturday the San Pedro Tigersharks head to OW Running Rebels and Corozal Heats travel to the Toledo Diplomats.

In softball news Gwen Liz High School emerged the national female champion by stopping Independence High 2 – zip in the finals as pitcher Ashley Lucas emerged with the MVP honor. On the male side Nazarene High School blanked San Pedro High School 3 – nothing for the national title as Pitcher Jerome Carr took home MVP honor.

Now let’s look at the 33rd Annual Smart Belmopan Cycling Classic staged yesterday under the banner of the cycling federation of Belize. Over 100 cyclists in 8 categories are suited for the start of the 100 mile ride from Belize City to Belmopan and back. We’re with the elite riders when they roll through Hattieville where we find this 8 man lead sniffing the atmosphere before deciding which course to take. At Rochville Herman Requeña of Smart steps out of the lead pack to claim that station prize but nobody seemed worried. Maybe they should have because around mile 27 Requeña and Ignacio Prada of Megabytes joined in an on the road alliance that impact the race in a profound way. Prada and Hijo Requeña would share all station prizes from Rochville to Capital City and here the duo swing into the Belmopan junction as it’s the Mexican Prada grabbing that prize. Some two minutes behind Giovanni Leslie and Byron Pope burst into view dead set on the chase. While behind them a hungry pack of 19 stalkers that include the defending champion Marlon Castillo, American Scottie Wiess and John Delong, the young upstart Giovanni Lovell, bad man Angel Tzib, defending cross country champ Darnell Barrow, Joel Borland, Allan Castillo, Brandon Cattouse and 2 Choto brothers. At La Democracia it’s a new wrinkle featuring 12 riders as the lead duo has been reeled in. Nevertheless Ignacio Prada pulls out of the pack to take that prize. The group includes: Marlon Castillo, Brandon Cattouse, Scottie Wiess, Leroy Cassasola, Froggy Leslie, Liam Stewart, Oscar Quiroz and Alejandro. In the meantime folks it seems that the more life changes the more it remains the same because around mile 8 Prada and Hijo Requeña again extracted themselves from the leads pack to become the leas duo once more. The unforeseen break up leaves Oscar Quiroz and Robert Liam Stewart as the nearest riders to the lead two. We renew contact with leas on the Phillip Goldson Highway where we find Prada in sole command of 1st place. Herman Requeña has him in sight but the breakup of the alliance has left him only in command of the 2nd place. So we go to the finish and Ignacio Prada of Bennys Megabytes takes 1st place in 4 hours 34 minutes 9 seconds and also was winner in the U-23 class. 48 seconds later Herman Requeña of Smart claims the runner up spot after a truly gallant effort. Oscar Quiroz of Western Spirit tried to overtake Requeña but came up a bit short and had to take 3rd place. Robert Liam Stewart pulls up uncontested for 4th place with is time of 4 hours 35 minutes 17 seconds and also took top honors in the Masters 36 and over category. While Brandon Cattouse of C Ray rounds out the top 5 in the elite class after finishing in t4 hours 30 minutes 32 seconds. Checking other winners: Geovanni Lovell of B.T.L. Cycling took the Under 23 category, Angel Tzib was winner in the Elite 4/5 class, Nehru Gilharry won the Masters 4/5 Category, Shalini Zabaneh prevailed in the female class. Tarique Flowers won the Jr. Category and Dennis Arnold took the Youth Class.

Turning to the football scene, week 2 in the PLB closing season saw Police United hosting FC Belize at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium Saturday night. It’s the Police on the hunt early on Kafu Roches heads to Amin August Jr whose left foot launch forces a big time save from goalkeeper Glenford Chimilio. At the other end Steven Baizar gets this look at goal off the feed from Avian Crawford and really should have done better. We’re at the 43rd minute of play when this left foot center from Danny Jimenez sees Leon Cadle reach out with his hand to impede the movement of the ball—the referee rightly rules penalty. Clifton West gets the call for the Police and Chimilio is beaten as the law takes a 1-zip lead into intermission. In early 2nd half play, Yonathan Maradiaga turns on this ball but it doesn’t have enough to beat Keith Allen. In the meantime, Devon Makin beats his man only to waste the effort with a misguided shot that misses the target. Folks, to make a long story short, this one is all Police United. They move the ball to Amin August Jr. and he makes it look effortless as he decimates the FC defense to poke this one past the goalkeeper at the 84th minute for the 2-nil lead. And then at the 89th minute, Clifton West hooks up with Harrison Kafu Roches who finds the near corner to give Police the 3-0 big W.

In other action, Verdes FC doubled B.D.F. 2 to 1 while Paradise Freedom Fighters and Belmopan Bandits battled to a 1 all stalemate. Meanwhile week 3 gets played Wednesday night, march 19th when Belmopan will host Police United. FC Belize travels to the Earl Ramos to face the B.D.F. and at the Norman Broaster Stadium; San Ignacio United will battle Verdes FC. On Saturday, Week 4 finds Police hosting Verdes at 7:30 p.m. while on Sunday, San Ignacio will host Paradise Freedom Fighters and at the MCC Grounds, FC Belize makes a stand against the Bandits.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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