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Jul 7, 2008

M&M Promise Keepers are Christian Basketball League champs

Story PictureGood evening, I’m James Adderley. Welcome aboard for this weeks flight of Sports Monday.

As money time approaches in the Belize Female Football League, the jockeying for post season play has reached fever pitch people. Yesterday inside the M.C.C. Grounds, Millennium Girls hosted the always dangerous Delille Pumas of Dangriga and can you believe fourteen minutes in Rochelle Martinez misplays what should have been an easy play at goal. Deadly striker Shenell Gentle makes her pay the highest price possible. The Griga teams answers immediately as Nykemah Kuylen outruns the city defense to launch this right foot push that ties the ballgame at one apiece. A minute later Millennium Girls find themselves with this set piece. Molly Dane of U.S. Peace Corp opts for long shot Martinez is beaten as the home team takes a 2-1 advantage lead. Things take a turn for the worse for the visitors when poor clearance leads to this launch from Maria Metzler, another Peace Crop addition and it’s a 3-1 ballgame. Kiesha Pollard then gets this look at goal only to botch the opportunity and keep the score 3-1 at the half. We might be wrong here folks, but Sherain Tracey might have given up a penalty with this tackle on Kuylen but no call came from the referee. It’s another set piece for Millennium Girls as Shenell Gentle steps up, gets help from the Dangriga defense and the score is now 4-1. Delille Pumas pull one back when Ermine Ferguson hurts her own cause off this center from Nykemah Kuylen but the charge certainly falls short when the long whistle seals a 4-2 victory for Millennium Girls of Belize City.

Turning to the basketball scene, the decisive Game three in the Christian Basketball League Championship was staged at the Civic Center on Saturday with Open Door Saints looking to pull of the upset against the defending champions M&M Promise Keepers. Jacob Leslie gets his team off immediately with this slice to the hoop that gets two of his twenty-one game points for the challengers. The Keeper’s big man Andrew Robateau works successfully in his office to net three points the old fashioned way. But Brian Young comes right back with his version of a three and at the end of the first it’s a 22-15 Saints lead. In the second quarter Darwin Elijio keeps his team in the lead with this offering. At the other end Andrew Pitterson keeps his team with a reality focus by sinking the tap in. He would contribute twelve points. It’s a six point lead for the saints at the half. In the third quarter the defending champion gets busy. Andrew Robateau stutter-steps for two. Herman Blease then goes glass for two. He would finish with fourteen points. Robateau then comes up with possession out of this scramble to mash it home for two strong points. At the end of three the Saints are hanging on to a 57-56 lead which is pretty precarious. It’s all business in the fourth. Jacob Leslie gets two to keep the lead for the Saints. Jerome Penny Ellis then sinks the midrange jumper. When Herman Blease sinks this bucket it gives M&M Promise Keepers its first lead of the ballgame. The defending champion gets a big boost when reality youth Pitterson swishes this in three pointer. Herman Blease then puts the nail into the Saints coffin with this three point shot. M&M Promise Keepers repeat as champion with an 82-74 final score and we say nuff respect. We also say good show to Jacob Leslie of the Saints who walked away with the regular season MVP award. Andrew Robateau of M&M emerged with MVP honours from the playoffs.

Checking in on the Interoffice scene, B.W.S. Pressure and Tuff e Nuff Rebels kicked off the playoffs at the Civic Center Friday night as Jamir Enriquez gets the water company going early. Enriquez comes right back to launch the three. B.W.S. would sport to a 14-7 lead at the end of the first. In the second, the Rebels hang tough. Kano Greene picks up the missed shot to put it back for two. Norman Neal gets the pill down low and he works the glass for two. At the end of the half B.W.S. boasts only a one point lead. Tuff e Nuff continues to run in the third quarter. Eden Willis penetrates deeps for two of his team high fifteen points. Glenn Flowers beats the defense to get two big points for Tuff e Nuff and at the end of three Tuff e Nuff now leads 44-38. In the fourth, B.W.S. puts on the pressure. Benson Matthews hits to earn three points the hard way. Karim Thompson plays big for water system. He would lead B.W.S. with fifteen points. Jamir Enriquez then lands this big tre that gives B.W.S. the lead. Benson Matthews came up with this big bucket. B.W.S. goes on to post the 59-56 big W over not Tough Enough.

In the nightcap seven and zero Belize City Council opened against five and two Central Bank Jabirus and what a surprise it turn out to be. Loren fuller struck for fourteen points. Wilfred Richards came up with twelve and Chris McGavin put up ten as the Jabirus literally jolted the City council 55-53 in a super shocker. Kenroy Usher hit the game high of twenty points and Bernard Bennett added fourteen in the loss. Of course, fans would say this loss was caused by the two technical fouls blown on B.C.C. for failing to control the actions of one of their players off the bench. Life is real and then you got to face the music.

In other playoff action in the Interoffice league, B.T.L. got past the Port of Belize 73-63 while Aerodispatch did a number on the police 60-49. Looking ahead, on Wednesday’s schedule Central Bank comes out against B.W.S. and B.T.L. will go to work against Aerodispatch.

Finally folks, the Belize Volleyball competition continued to roll on Saturday. Jaguars defeated SQ Stars 26-24, 25-11, 16-14 in the junior female opener. In the first category FirstCaribbean Diamonds beat Belize Telemedia 25-5, 25-6. Team 313 knocked off the Police 25-16, 25-13 and in the male nightcap it was Jaguars running over Rebels 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-13. Looking ahead to Thursday’s schedule, Belargo will face Police, Belize Telemedia will battle Kauss and of course, Berges Bombers will take aim at the Scorpions.

Hey folks, that’s our show for today. We certainly invite you back same time, same place, next week. Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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