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May 18, 2015

Sports Monday with James Adderley

Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The long awaited Game two in the PLB Championship teaser was staged inside the Norman Broaster Stadium as the host team FC Verdes hosted the Belmopan Bandits in the final showdown for a boast to the CONCACAF champion’s tournament. With 1 – zip W from game 1 the Bandits look to secure the future with this foray into the danger zone by Edmund Pandy Jr. that forces victor Cruz to come up with this defensive effort that almost provides the required result. On the very next Belmopan press, Elroy Kuylen sets table Jeromy James who really should have done better with this open look at goal. Some 25 minutes in this center off the left wing finds the Brazilian Alcides Thomas who header is a thing of branch that gives Verdes FC the 1-zip lead. So we go to second half and in the opening minutes Denmark Casey Jr. reverses this ball to Elroy Kuylen whose header is unable he beat Benito Morriera. Indeed It’s an impressive save by the Verdes keeper. Alcides Thomas looks for the double with this left foot launch swatted out by Woodrow West, the Bandits keeper and then Thomas deals the rebound straight into West’s waiting arms. Folks sits late in the ball game when the Verdes captain Shamir Pacheco picks out Jarret Davis whose left foot finish is a joy to behold as Verdes goes on to post the 2-zip and  the series with a 2-1 aggregate. We say congratulations to the champions Verdes Fv, and they’ve earned the right to represent Belize in 2015 CONCACAF champions tournament. The draw comes up live on June 1st and 2nd. Meanwhile Dalton Eiley of Belmopan was voted best Defender. Jordy Polanco also of Bandits emerged with Best Midfield Honors. Best forward proved to be Harrison Kafu Roches and he also had the most goals scored. MVP of the closing season was awarded to the Verdes Captain Shamir Pacheco. Woodrow West of Bandits Was voted Best Goal Keeper and Jarret Davis took home the Most Valuable Player award for the Playoffs.

We now turn to basketball and 2 teams already assured of the playoffs put on a lackluster show in their final regular season appearance as Belmopan Red Taigaz hosted Cayo Western Ballaz at the UB Gymnasium Saturday night. The visitors opened with a 13 zip run paced by Akeem Watters who posted the only 2 doubles of the night with 17 points, 13 rebounds and would lead in the efficiency rating with 33. For the home team the 1st field goal comes courtesy of Stephen Monet Williams and guess what his 9 points would be the team high at the end of the 1st it’s a 16 – 8 Cayo lead. In the 2nd quarter the Red Taigaz mount a comeback. Terrel Eskridge strikes for 3 and would pull up 8 points and lead the ballgame with 5 assist. Terrel Eskridge gets this put back to fall – Belmopan would outscore the Ballaz 16 to 8 in the quarter to show a tie of 245 points at the half. The 4th quarter the Cayo team executes the separations. Roger Troyer spots up for 3 – he would lead all scorers with the game high of 18 points and would pull 7 rebound. Troyer then works to give and go with Elvis usher Jr. as Cayo Western Ballaz win in a 53 – 43 final score. The win gives the West the #1 seed in the playoffs after the OW Running Rebels jerked the TigerSharks 91 to 85 at Sugar City. San Pedro is now the #2 seed with Belmopan holding on to the #3 spot. Meanwhile the final spot in the 4 team playoffs remains undecided because the Saturday night match between the 2 contenders for the #4 seed was hastily abandoned due to a near dangerous explosion at Dangirga where the Warriors host the Yellow Pages Hurricanes.

In other basketball news, St. Catherines Academy, Edward P. Yorke High School and the male and female teams of Belmopan Comprehensive will compete the 24th Anniversary of the Universidad de Quintan Roo at Chetumal Mexico on 22nd and 23rd May.

Switching  to the Belize Rural Female Softball Tournament yesterday UB Jaguars jolted Country Rose 13 – 3, Lords Bank Sunrise walloped Willows Bank United 17 – 2 and Orchid Girls beat Double Head Cabbage 7 to 4. On Sunday May 24th Lords Bank Sunrise faces Double Head, Willows Bank battles Rancho Dolores and Flower Bank passes UB Jaguars.

In cycling news Santino Castillo of Santinos won the Edmond Castro Cashew Fest Race as presented by the Weekend Warriors, Antonio Escarpeta of FT Williams/Refritech and his team-mate Mark Gentle finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Warren Coye and Mike Lewis round out the top 5 in that order. At the C Class six was Enrique Morales, Armando Morales of Caribbean Tires finishing 1st and 2nd. Eustace Ireland of Lampaz places 3rd.

Finally folks Strongman 2015 attracted 10 athletes Saturday at B.T.L. Park . Victor Valencio emerged again with top honors forcing Theo Gentle into 2nd place and Oyinkro Akpobodar rounds out the top 3. We give a shout out to Abu Sesay our co-worker who finished 6th.


Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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