San Pedro Tiger Sharks

Arana’s career high propelled Tiger Sharks to a 2 – 1 series lead


May 26, 2019

by Karim Juan

Commissioner

San Ignacio

With the best-of-five series tied at 1 apiece game 3 headed out to the island as San Pedro Tiger Sharks hosted Mirage Smart Belize Hurricanes at the San Pedro High School auditorium on Saturday night.  The home team was able to jump out to an early 22 – 12 lead at the end of the first quarter which they were able to slightly extend going into intermission, 44 – 33. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 9 points, 77 – 69 and San Pedro Tiger Sharks was able to maintain this lead with less than 3 minutes remaining in the game. However, with some sloppy play from Tiger Sharks and a few forced shots, Hurricanes was able to trim the lead to a one possession game with less than seconds remaining, but they were unable to convert the three point attempt to the tie the game. As a result, the home squad was able to survive the late come back to grab the 3 point victory, 81 – 78, along with the 2 – 1 series lead.  San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Francis Arana who had the game high and career high with 26 points, shooting 6 for 8 from behind the arc and 64% from the field, to go with 4 steals and 4 assists. Jihad Wright tallied 19 points and 4 assists while Martevious Adams finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds.  Shannon Fowler was the top scorer for Mirage Smart Belize Hurricanes with 17 points and 7 rebounds while Raheem Thurton had his playoff career high with 15 points to go with 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Akeem Watters and Devin Daly netted 12 and 10 points respectively, while Eyan Rene chipped in 9 points.  Hurricanes had the 26 – 17 advantage when it came to bench points, but San Pedro Tiger Sharks had the 10 – 3 edge on second chance points.  With the win, San Pedro Tiger Sharks is 1 win away from being this year’s NEBL champions, while Hurricanes must win the remaining 2 games in the series to claim that title.

All scores, standings, player statistic and team statistic can be found on our webpage at neblbelize.com  

Upcoming Finals Schedule

Game 4 – Friday, May 31 at 9:00 p.m.:  Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes (#4) vs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks

        (#3) at Belize Civic Center

Game 5 (if necessary) – Saturday, June 1 at 9:00 p.m.:  San Pedro Tiger Sharks (#3) vs. Mirage/Smart

          Belize Hurricanes (#4) at San Pedro High School