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Feb 8, 2016

Basketball, Football and Cycling in Sports Monday

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


It was a full schedule of PLB football over the weekend and we caught up with yesterday’s match-up between the Belize Defense Force and the Placencia Assassins inside the MCC Grounds. The visiting Placencia team threatens to open the scoreboard some 5 minutes in this set piece launch from Dellon Torres that rises over the crossbar. The B.D.F. responds when Osmar Duran fights off the defense only to unleash a high riser. When Leon Cadle drops this into the box, Tevin Gamboa has to come off his line to snatch the ball out of danger. The Assassins continue to press when Gilbert Swaso powers this ball at goal; he wasn’t too far off from opening the scoreboard. At the other end, Shane Flores gets the chance to put the B.D.F. in front, but his aim at the far corner of the goal being defended by Elias Pelayo, is errant. We’re scoreless at the half.

Folks we’re just 2 minutes into the restart when this set piece triggered by Osmar Duran ricochets off Collin Westby in the middle of the Placencia wall; Harrison Tasher beats everybody to the ball and heads it past Pelayo for the 1-zip B.D.F. lead. Alexander Peters looks to tie the score for Placencia only to see Tevin Gamboa come up with a huge save. Some 5 minutes later, Shane Flores sets up Harrison Tasher with the perfect pass; Tasher needed two touches, but he does come up with his 2nd goal of the ballgame as the B.D.F. leads 2-nil. The B.D.F. looks for more and Shane Flores gets this one on one situation with goalkeeper Elias Pelayo and he should have done better. Ashley Torres tries to put Placencia on his back and mounts this individual effort at goal when he is taken down by Vallan Symms—the referee rules penalty. Dalton Eiley steps up and sends Tevin Gamboa the wrong way as the Assassins pull one back for the 2-1 score.

However, the B.D.F. closes the show when Harrison Tasher deals to Leon Cadle who hits the far upright for the 3-1 big win. Other results from the week show that Belmopan Bandits blanked Wagiya 3-zip and Police scorched Verdes FC in a 3-2 ballgame. Thus Police United leads with 7 pts from 3 outings; the Bandits show 5 pts from a win and 2 draws; the B.D.F. sports 4 pts from 1 win, 1 loss and 1 draw. Verdes has 3 pts from a win and a loss; Placencia Assassins has 3 pts from a win and a loss and Wagiya FC is winless in 3 outings. The back match between Verdes and the Assassins is set for Wednesday night at Placencia. Looking to the weekend, Belmopan battles Verdes at the F.F.B. Stadium and Wagiya will host the B.D.F.  And on Sunday at the Norman Broaster Stadium, Police United goes to work against Placencia.

Checking in on the latest scores from the Central Division Secondary Schools Football Tournament, on Thursday, in team play, SCA edged Wesley 1-zip while in the male nightcap, Wesley doubled Ladyville Tech 2 to 1. On Friday, Gwen Liz girls needed overtime to defeat Ladyville Tech 2-1 on penalty kicks. In male play, ACC edged St. John’s College 2-nil.

In basketball news, Friday night’s NEBL ticket at Bird’s Isle fell victim to the rain brought down by Mister North. The court was soaked by the incessant drizzle and here you can see why. Michael Michael Babels of No Limit is in control of the ball when he does the slip and slide. He could have been hurt so the referee halted the proceedings with the Belmopan Bandits leading 37 to 25 pts. This game will resume over the weekend. In other action, Dangriga Warriors trounced Western Ballaz 56 to 44 Friday night. On Saturday, Orange Walk Running Rebels finally made their debut beating Independence 75 to 66; Cayo Ballaz rebound from a 2-game losing streak, stopping No Limit 80 to 59. The Belize City Hurricanes scorched the defending champion San Pedro 89 to 88 and on Sunday, the Dangriga Warriors pounced on Orange Walk with a 60-41 score.

Looking to the weekend…On Thursday night, Belmopan bandits will host Independence Thunderbolts. On Friday, it’s a battle of Belize City teams as No Limit plays host to the Smart Hurricanes. San Pedro travels to Dangriga Warriors. On Saturday, Cayo Western Ballaz travel to Orange Walk, Independence sails to San Pedro and at Bird’s Isle, Smart Hurricanes get a visit from the Dangriga Warriors.

In cycling news, Weekend Warriors presented its time trails yesterday on the Boom Circuit. Kent Gabourel of Kulture Tours posted the best time in Class A with a 25 minutes 45 seconds in the 11.5 mile ride. Daniel Cano of Santino’s took 2nd place in 25:52. Warren Coyi also of Santino’s finished 3rd in 26:55. At Class B, Clarence Tesecum proved to be the big man in 28:49. Ryan Willoughby of Smart pedaled in for 3nd with a time of 30:03. John Burns of Digicell 4G posted a time of 30:05 for 3rd place. Ingemar Perera of Stationery House took top honors in Class C with his time of 32:44. David Madrid of Truckers’ 33:42 was good enough for 2nd place, while Sevenus Flores of Sugar City United got into the top 3 with his time of 33:55.


Jah over all I’m James Adderley.

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