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Feb 2, 2018

Play Ball! City Defenders Vs O.W. at S.C.A.

Jacob Leslie

The Belize City Defenders, formerly the No Limit, play their inaugural game tonight at the SCA Auditorium in Belize City.  The team has undergone a complete transformation since changing ownership last year and tonight it will prove its worth against the Orange Walk Running Rebels.  Despite the weather, fans of the team are encouraged to come out and represent the city team as it does battle against the Sugar City boys who lost their debut game against Dangriga last week.  Co-owner Jacob Leslie stopped by earlier today.


Jacob Leslie, Co-Owner, Belize City Defenders

“The debut game tonight is against the Orange Walk Running Rebels at the SCA Auditorium starting at nine p.m.  It’s a highly anticipated game for us, we’ve had our first two games canceled so the guys are ready and prepared to go out and showcase what they’ve been working on for the past two months.”


Isani Cayetano

“What can fans of basketball and fans of the Defenders expect in terms of some of the players that are going to be on the court tonight?”


Jacob Leslie

“Well our franchise player is Darwin ‘Puppy’ Leslie who is probably one of the most well-known basketball players in the country and people know the style that he has.  It’s an intense style, it’s hard work, it’s grimy and that’s what we built our team on, hence the reason our team is named the Defenders.  We can come out and we can score, but our key is to shut people down and to make life difficult for them, so we believe our offense comes from our defense.  And so when you come out tonight you will see a team who plays together, who’s enthusiastic, who loves to play basketball, but most importantly loves the competition of it.  So we are there to compete and to give the fans a good show.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now you’re up against a team that has lost its first game recently on the road.  Are you guys looking at the competition in terms of sizing them up in terms of what they can do and what they can’t do?”


Jacob Leslie

“Well, one of the downfalls of that is that we knew they lost but we didn’t see it because it was all the way in Dangriga and it wasn’t televised.  But we also know the Dangriga team playing in Dangriga is a difficult road game, so that loss doesn’t surprise us and it doesn’t give us any false sense of who Orange Walk is.  We know who the team is, we know they’re a good, competitive team but we also feel like we’re prepared for what they bring to the table and we expect to win just as I’m sure they expect to win.”

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