April 14, 2019
by Karim Juan
Verdes and Griga Dream Ballers have clinched home court advantage in the first round of the three-game semi-final series of the playoffs. Only 2 games remain in the NEBL regular season and the results of both games will determine who is the #3 and #4 seeds going into the playoffs. The playoffs tip-off on Friday, April 26.
Verdes grabs win and #1 seed going into playoffs
On Friday night Verdes hosted Belmopan Bandits at the Sacred Heart College auditorium in an attempt to clinch the #1 seed going into the playoffs. Verdes jumped out to an early 27 – 14 first quarter lead which they never relinquished, dominating the game and winning 112 – 57. Kris Frazier was the high man for Verdes with 27 points and 21 rebounds in only 21 minutes while rookie Kyron “Tut” Molina had the best game of his young NEBL career with 13 points and 4 steals. Jamal Harris and Richard Troyer netted 12 points each while Travis Lennan and Andew “Bynum” Ortiz finished with 11 and 10 points respectively and Davis Guzman grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 8 points. Belmopan Bandits was led by Kyle Pascascio with 12 points as he was the only player to crack double-digit scoring for his team.
Hurricanes remain in playoff hunt by defeating Running Rebels in Orange Walk
Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes travelled up north to take on the Running Rebels in Orange Walk Town. The visiting squad had a 44 – 36 lead at the half which was cut to only 2 points, 63 – 61 going into the fourth and final quarter. In the final quarter Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes was able to secure control of the game and lock in the much needed 88 – 72 win. Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes was led by Tyrie Ososco who tallied a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Devin Daly also finished with 17 points to go with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Akeem Watters and Raheem Thurton netted 16 and 13 points respectively. Julien Travis was the top scorer for the Orange Walk Running Rebels with 19 points while Isaiah Thomas finished with 17 points and 5 dimes.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks edges Defenders out west; clinches playoff spot
Sold as the game of the week due to its playoff significance, the game between San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Belize City Defenders surely lived up to its hype. San Pedro High School auditorium was unavailable on Saturday night, so in a strange twist, manager Rico Black decided to host their home game all the way out west at the Sacred Heart College auditorium in San Ignacio Town on Saturday night. Defenders grabbed a 19 – 17 lead at the end of the first quarter, but San Pedro was able to go into the half with a 42- 36 advantage. At the end of the third quarter Tiger Sharks had a 9 point lead after which they opened the lead in the early fourth quarter to grab the 79 – 61 victory. San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Martevious Adams who had the game high with 26 points to go with 7 rebounds while Jihad Wright tallied 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Kurt “Chengo” Burgess finished with the game high 15 rebounds. In a losing effort, Nigel Jones netted 20 points to go with 13 rebounds and 3 steals and Matthew Young tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds. With the loss, Belize City Defenders has been eliminated from playoff contention.
Orange Walk ends season with win over Griga
On Sunday afternoon Griga Dream Ballers hosted their last regular season game as Orange Walk Running Rebels travelled down south to the culture capital for the last game of their season as well. In a back and forth game that had no playoff implications for either team, Orange Walk Running Rebels was able to end their season on a strong note, leaving Griga with a 72 – 70 victory. Orange Walk Running Rebels was led by Isaiah Thomas who had the game high with 23 points while Earl “Bolo” Johnson and Roger Reneau finished with 13 and 12 points respectively. Delvon Henderson was the top scorer for Griga Dream Ballers with 15 points to go with 17 rebounds and 9 blocked shots, falling 1 block shot away from a triple double. Jamal Kelly also finished with 15 points while Quinton Bowen and Edgar Mitchell chipped in 10 points apiece. Mitchell also tallied a double double with 11 assists.
Verdes (10 – 1) – has clinched the #1 seed going into the playoffs
Griga Dream Ballers (8 – 4) – has clinched the #2 seed going into the playoffs.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks (7 – 4) – has clinched a playoff spot and can clinch the #3 seed if they win their last game versus Verdes on Thursday night or if Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes loses to Belize City Defenders on Wednesday night.
Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes (6 – 5) – has clinched a playoff berth and can clinch the #3 seed if they win their last game versus Belize City Defenders and if San Pedro Tiger Sharks loses their last game versus Verdes.
Belize City Defenders (4 – 7) – has been eliminated from playoff contention
Belmopan Bandits (3 – 9) – has been eliminated from playoff contention
Orange Walk Running Rebels (2 – 10) – has been eliminated from playoff contention
Below are the standings where teams are ranked based on the points they have accumulated so far.
|2||Griga Dream Ballers||12||8||4||20|
|3||San Pedro Tiger Sharks||11||7||4||18|
|4||Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes||11||6||5||17|
|5||Belize City Defenders||11||4||7||15|
|7||Orange Walk Running Rebels||12||2||10||14|
All scores, standings, player statistic and team statistic can be found on our webpage at neblbelize.com
Below is the schedule for the remaining 2 regular season games. Both games will be live on TNC.
Wednesday Night at 8:30 p.m.: Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes vs. Belize City Defenders at the Civic
Center in Belize City
Thursday Night at 8:00 p.m.: Verdes vs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium
in San Ignacio Town