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Apr 7, 2014

The latest stats on basketball, football, cycling and billiards

Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. We take you immediately top the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Capital City where the Belmopan Bandits played host Verdes FC in PLB football which is rapidly streaking into money time as we enter week 1 of the 2nd round under the 2 round format. Verdes FC looks to get the scoreboard going early when Richard Jimenez sprints out of traffic to fire this bomb easily directed at by Bandits keeper Woodrow Wilson West. Five minutes later Elroy Kuylen launches this set piece that sinks just a tad too late to impress the scoreboard. At the other end Orlando Jimenez gets his chance to flex his muscles off this set piece and this left foot low cruise screamer forces Woodrow West into an extremely difficult save. In the aftermath Eduardo Gongora streaks in for a 2nd chance, his left kick inadvertently collide with West’s right elbow, for which the keeper take offense – It looks like a face for all is about to explode – both players then head to Hollywood for acting classes. In the end the referee issues a yellow card to the Verdes player while Bandits keeper is chased off the field by a red card. There’s a howl of protest but Woodrow Wilson West eventually must leave the combat zone. With Orlando Jimenez Galdamez replacing West, the Bandits looks to defend this set piece launched by Verdes Captain Rodney Pacheco but the defensive clearance creates more problems for the new Bandits keeper who is extremely lucky not to concede a goal on his first touch. Meanwhile Humberto Requena should have done better against Galdamez on this good look but somehow botches the strike to make the keeper look good. Nevertheless the danger is not over because this good corner kick from Richard Jimenez finds this defensive header reaches Humberto Requena who reverses the play to #7 Najib Guerra who demonstrates high quality technique to volley this ball with power for the Verdes 1 – zip lead 37 minutes in. The response from Belmopan is immediate and effective. Dennis Serano finds Jamil Cano with this throw in – he pats it back to Elroy Kuylen and the national team player pounces on it with the left foot – Benibo Morriera doesn’t have a chance as we have a tied ballgame 40 minutes in. Just before the break Ever Trapp finds Eduardo Gongora with this probing center, the keeper punches it out to Richard Jimenez and his left foot shot tangles inside the net but the referee rules Galdamez was fouled by Gongora and the replay bears that out. We’re in 2nd half play when Galdamez proves he is a lucky keeper he beats Richard Jimenez to the ball and recovers off the round to reject Isman Espinosa’s push at goal to deny Verdes the 2 – 1 lead on a play he didn’t know much about. Talk about the art of living dangerously Galdamez fumbles this routine play but Richard Jimenez simply cannot capitalize. Folks this might have been the most entertaining football match in the PLB closing season but here’s the decisive play of the match. Marlon Mega’s center is headed out to Jamil Cano and his fuller volley push beats the diving Galdamez as this 84th minute goal gives Verdes FC the 2 -1 big W. In other action around the league in week 8th the B.D.F. marched over Paradise Freedom Fighters 2 – zip while FC Belize and San Ignacio battled to a 2 all draw. Here’s going into week 9 in a 12 match schedule Police leads with 16 points, Verdes is next with 13, the Bandits shows 10, B.D.F. 9, Paradise 6, FC Belize 6 and San Ignacio 4. In the meantime week 9 begins Wednesday at Belmopan where the Bandits will host Paradise. This is to accommodate the international friendly at the Isidoro Beaton as Belmopan Bandits take on the Houston Hurricane’s of Houston Texas USA. On Saturday at 7:30 p/m/ B.D.F. plays host to Verdes FC at the Carl Ramos and on Sunday Police United visits FC Belize 4 p.m. at the MCC Grounds.

In basketball news week 9 in the NEBL saw the Dangriga Warriors fall to its 5th defeat in a 66 -54 finish against the Belmopan Bandits at Capital City Thursday night.  Swing man Stephen Williams did most of the damage with a 21 point game high performance against the visitors while Jamir Enriquez helped the team look respectable in the 12 point defeat with the team high of 13 points.

In other basketball news the third annual Hattieville Street Basketball Season gets underway on Sunday April 20th with 6 Elite Teams participatory. It kicks off with a marathon featuring all competition. To get in contact Mr. Garbutt at telephone number 669-4330 or Ras Stem at 661-8685.  In week

In week 10, Friday finds the Orange Walk Running Rebels hosting Belmopan Point Bandits and on Saturday Dangriga Culture Warriors travels to Toledo Diplomats, Belize City No Limit sails to San Pedro Tigersharks and Cayo Western Ballaz will host Corozal Heats.

Turning to the cycling scene, the Cycling Federation of Belize presented the 115 mile Pre-Cross Country Race yesterday that ran from Leslie’s Import to Mount Hope and back featuring some 50 starters. At mile 10 Allen Castillo of Benny’s Megabytes beats Brandon Cattouse for the premie. At the turn around point on top of Mount Hope another Megabyte rider Byron Pope has stepped out to take the station prize. Pope would go on a solo flight to claim the prize at Old Man Hill Mile 51. Behind him the pelathon is dead set on the close and inside the group is a bunch of serious contenders. Around mile 43 this trio led executed the perfect breakaway, Henry Moreria of Predators Belize, Byron Pope and Marlon Castillo of BT: Cycling and would never be caught again. After demonstrating the St. Matthews Bridge the trio boasted 1 minute, 30 seconds lead over the chase bunch and then expanded it to 2 minutes 20 seconds. And here’s the hungry chase pack attempting to reel them in at the Mahogany Heights juncture. The trio did maintain the on the road alliance, Henry Moreria takes the final premie at mile 8 and by now it is a foregone conclusion that the winner would emerge out of this lead trio. However around mile 4 Moreria begins to show signs of struggling to keep up with Pope and Castillo but he does it somehow. So at the tape we have a magnificent 2 man sprint as Moreria seems to be out of gas. Castillo challenges Pope but its Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes who wins in 5 hours, 10minutes, 4 seconds, Marlon Castillo of B.T.L. Cycling finishes 2nd while Henry Moreria of Predators Belize rolls in for 3rd place in uncontested fashion with a time of 5 hours, 10 minutes, 13 seconds. 50 seconds later we have an eight man sprint for 4th place Brandon Cattouse challenges Gregory Lovell of B.T.L. Cycling hold him off while the C-Ray Road Runners ride wounds out the top 5.

Finally in Billiards news the Ben Bounahra 9 ball Tournament present its 2nd annual event this weekend of April 12th and 13th, at Mike’s Club in Belmopan featuring teams from all across the country. Elements of Belize City goes n as defending Champions.

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