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Apr 5, 2019

NEBL: Defenders Versus Dream Ballaz

Belize City Defenders and Dangriga Dream Ballaz head to the basketball court at the Civic Centre in a do or die game. Tonight’s game will determine who moves up to play in the playoffs of the National Elite Basketball League. Both teams have brought in imports to strengthen their play, but with only one spot to fill, the game is expected to be intense. Here’s Duane Moody with what to expect at the game.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A defining matchup between the Belize City Defenders and Dangriga Dream Ballaz takes place tonight inside the Civic Centre in Belize City. It’s a “do or die” game for the teams that will secure their spot in the playoffs of the National Elite Basketball League. In 2018, Defenders went in as the fourth seed and after defeating the lead team, they were in the final round for the trophy and championship title.


Jacob Leslie

Jacob Leslie, General Manager, Belize City Defenders

“We came off a tough lost last week to the San Pedro Tigersharks so basically we are fighting for our playoff lives. Dangriga who was previously the number one seed has hit a slump of their own so basically they themselves find themselves in a precarious situation. So it will be a very intense game for both teams because both teams are looking to secure that win. What they can expect is intensity. I think from the jump ball, both teams understand the importance of the game and so the game will be intense, the game will be emotional, the game will be filled with a lot of intensity. So it will be a fun-filled night and everybody coming out should expect just that.”


Small forward and import, Nigel Jones, is back with the team for a second year and is one of the players to watch in this year’s tournament.


Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones, Small Forward, Belize City Defenders

“I try to give my team anything that I can, whatever it takes. I want to be one of those players that does whatever it takes to win. Some night might require me scoring thirty, some nights it won’t. But whether it is playing great defense, facilitating the ball, grabbing rebounds, playing defense; that’s all I really care about. We know how big this game is Friday and in order for us to get to the playoffs, I think this is one of the games that we will really need to grind out like this is going to be a big game for us. But I feel like we put in the work this week preparing for the games. So I feel we’ll be okay. We’ve been working more so on defense cause we know that defense can lead to instant offense so that’s what we try to preach. If we can lock you down, we are not worried about scoring cause we know that we can make that happen.”


Duane Moody

“I know this is your second year playing. Last year you guys came close to it, touching that trophy. Do you think that this year you are going to take it?”


Nigel Jones

“Yes. I feel as though this is the year.”


Point guard, Mykeil Tzul says that the chemistry is great and he is bringing leadership to the team. The Belizean American athlete recently played in Spain and is now on Team Defenders.


Mykeil “Boogie” Tzul

Mykeil “Boogie” Tzul, Point Guard, Belize City Defenders

“I just bring leadership to the table; I try to bring point guard mentality as well as scoring the ball. I know we need some scoring on this team and we need to put up points and play that’s not gonna turn the ball over and keep everything together on the team.”


Duane Moody

“How does it work; the chemistry with the other players that we have?”


Mykeil “Boogie” Tzul

“That’s pretty easy. The basketball part is pretty easy. Guys like Nigel, P.U.P., Far-D, all my teammates. Playing the game is pretty easy; you gel on the floor and we still learning each other game; I am only three games in so I am still  learning my teammates.”


For this game, their final home game, the management of Defenders is doing something different. They are giving an opportunity for five hundred students to be a part of the experience.


Jacob Leslie

“We have realized over the past couple of weeks that fan support hasn’t been where he had anticipated or what we want it to be. And doing the analysis, we figure it might be that people want to come out, but they have too many kids and they can’t afford to buy tickets for themselves and their kids. So we decided to launch an initiative with our last home game for the first five hundred kids who come out accompanied by their parents or an adult gets in free. So if a parent has three kids, they can come in and their three kids get in for free and they only pay ten dollars to enter the civic. So it is an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the experience that they might not be able to afford and otherwise.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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