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Mar 3, 2014

Weekend Sports Stats with James Adderley

Good evening I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday. Week 4 in the National Elite Basketball League found 0 & 3 Orange Walk Running Rebels hosting Dangriga Culture Warriors who came in with a 1 & 1 record and were looking to get back into the win column after last week’s defeat by Cayo Western Ballaz. For the Running Rebels going 0 & 4 was not an option Friday night. As a result OW comes out swinging as Leight Paulino dishes to team leader Randy Usher who banks it off the glass for the first Field goal of the ballgame. Dangriga goes to Gary Francisco for the reply but he misses the target – Shai Peters gather the rebound and he strikes for 2 of his 9 game points. It’s more Shai Peters when he raises up ion the point to sink his 2nd bucket of the night and give Griga the lead. The Culture Warriors balloon the lead to 13-7 when Gary Francisco displays good court awareness for 3 the hard way. In this press Francisco goes to the left hand for 2 of his 17 game points. 3 players would put up that number of points tonight as the Warriors begin to establish some separation on the scoreboard. Francisco then hooks up with Treyvaughn Usher with the long pass and he delivers and would join the 17 points performers of the night. Here’s a scary moment for Omar Tesecum who gives OW 2 points with this bank but lands hard after crashing into Lindbergh Graham. Fortunately no real damage is done and he would continue. At the end of the 1st quarter OW is down by 13.

In the 2nd the visitors extend the lead. Macario Augustine takes on the entire OW defense for 2 of his 12 game points and we must tell you at this point our statistics is not the official NEBL stats because it wasn’t ready at game time. It’s a 19 point lead with 4:55 to go. Randy Usher tries to put OW on his back as he strikes for 2 points in heavy traffic. Tyrone Baptist then gets busy and earns 3 the hard way with this effort. Leight Paulino also comes alive and strikes for 2 of his 6 game points. Eden Serano halts the 8 point run with this baseline jumper – he would finish with a double digit 12. Tyrone Baptist comes right back to strike for 3 from the right side. He would post 17 points for OW. OW big man Javier Gutierrez battles down low to come up with this bucket on his 2nd try. Randy Usher continues the run with this nice move for 2 but he wasn’t having his best outing. When Samir White lands the triple for OW, the Culture Warriors had already established control of the ball game and go on to post the 80 – 59 big W to keep the Running Rebels winless in 4 outings.

In other action around the league, breakout the Champagne…Corozal Heats posted its 1st season win by bombing Belmopan Bandits 67 to 54. Meanwhile there are no more undefeated team in the league as the San Pedro Tiger Sharks crushed Cayo Western Ballaz 82 to 69. The Toledo Diplomats match with Belize City No Limit was postponed to a date to be announced.

Looking ahead to week 5 come Friday night, Cayo Western Ballaz will host Belize City No Limit and Belmopan Bandits will try to rebound at home against San Pedro Tiger Sharks. On Saturday, the Toledo Diplomats travel to Orange Walk Running Rebels and the Dangriga Culture Warriors will host Corozal Heats.

Turning to the cycling scene, the Cycling Federation of Belize presented the second Hills Circuit event this Sunday on the Spanish Lookout course and here’s the start of the elite 15 laps that would add up to 60 miles. So we fast forward to the finish and what we find is the solidarity figure of Western Spirits Ron Vasquez who rolls in unchallenged to take top honors in 3 hours, 44 minutes 33 seconds. Some 55 seconds later, Henry Morriera of Predators pedals away from Oscar Quiroz to take 2nd place while the Western Spirit rider has to settle for 3rd. liam Stewart of benny’s Megabytes posted a time of 3 hours 45 minutes 46 seconds to take 4th place.

At the Junior level, Keon Robateau of Becol Uprising stood above the rest as he rode in uncontested for 1st place in 3 hours 38 minutes 22 seconds in the 40 mile contest. His teammate, Zahir Figueroa took the 5 man sprint for 2nd place 41 minutes later while Zamir Guerra of Cayo High Roads rounds out the top 3. Meanwhile, Alicia Thompson was the only female rider to finish the 40 miler and rode away with top honors. This series of races is being presented to choose 4 riders to the National Team that will compete at the Commonwealth Games at Scotland come July. The next big event on the cycling calendar is the 33rd Smart Belmopan Cycling Race on the 16th of March. Marlon Castillo of Telemedia goes in as defending champion, Oscar Quiros will not defend his junior title having stepped up and Marinette Flowers goes in as defending female champion.

In cricket news, Wicked of Flowers Bank jumped all over Brave Union of Burrell Boom to wallop the set 189 runs to 47. Winston Flowers contributed 53 runs and Lionel Robinson 25 runs in the rout.

Turning to the Table Tennis scene, Joshua Gegg of Corozal Community College won the 18 and under category in the Smart Jr. Ranking Tournament staged at the BES Gym on Saturday with Gian Lisbey of St. John’s College 2nd and Zachary Garbutt of SJCJC finished 3rd. Att he 15 and under class, Joshua Gegg of Corozal Community also prevailed for top honors with Matthew Usher of St. John’s College and Luis Bardalez of St. Joseph Primary school 2nd and 3rd respectively. Meanwhile, the 12 and under category proved to be a St. Joseph Primary School sweep with Taye Parkinson 1st, Lattrell Solis 2nd and Jayden Nicholson 3rd.

Checking in on the Belize District Secondary Schools Softball Competition, the playoffs get off on Monday, March 3rd with Nazarene High facing Ladyville Tech High in the female opener while in the male nightcap, Nazarene Boys will battle St. John’s College. On Tuesday, it’s Gwen Liz facing Wesley College in the female opener and in the male nightcap; it’s Wesley Boys against Gwen Liz High.


Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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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