Hurricanes defends home court to even NEBL series 2 – 2 in the Finals


by Charleston Gladden

After a heart wrenching game 3 loss in San Pedro and now being down in the finals and facing elimination, the Hurricanes must leave it all on the court in order to force one more game in order to keep their championship hopes alive. From the opening tip both Hurricanes and Tiger Sharks were quite evenly matched as neither team gave any leverage to the other, as they both knew how crucial this game was. Hurricanes opened up the lead, however the Tiger Sharks crew kept their composure together and managed to trim down the lead by a single point at the end of the first quarter, 20 – 19. In the second quarter it was a see-saw affair as both teams switched leads and tied the game numerous times, but San Pedro took control late and ended halftime with a four point lead, 41 – 37.   Entering the second half things got physical and heated as they weren’t much calls from the referees, but somehow all players from respective teams kept their cool and were able to play the game. At the final 5:47 of the game Hurricanes decided that enough is enough and shifted their offensive gears into overdrive resulting into eight straight points. As time was whining down, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks weren’t able to match their intensity thus giving Hurricanes the 83 – 74 game four victory.

Devin Daly receives Player of the Game honours leading all players with 23 points and 4 rebounds.  Shannon Fowler finished with 12 points and 3 rebounds and Tyrie Orocso tallied 11 points and 8 rebounds for the Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes. Meanwhile, Martevuius Adams contributed a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds while Jihad Wright finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Francis Arana tallied 12 points and 7 rebounds for San Pedro Tiger Sharks.

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Hurricanes: Brain White fouled out finishing with 11 points in 22 minutes and Shannon Fowler also fouled out playing 26 minutes.  Tyrie Orocso received a technical foul with 16 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Tiger Sharks: Kurt Burgess was a no show in Game 4 thus Louis Pitterson started in place of him.  Gene Myvett receives a technical foul for the altercation with Tyrie Orocso.

by Karim Juan

Commissioner

San Ignacio

With the series now tied at 2 – 2, the decisive game 5 now heads back to San Pedro to see who will be crowned 2019 NEBL Champions.  After the game, awards will be handed out to the champions, along with the Finals MVP award and $20,000 first place cheque.  All scores, standings, player statistic and team statistic can be found on our webpage at neblbelize.com  

Upcoming Finals Schedule

Game 5 – Friday, June 7 at 9:30 p.m.:  San Pedro Tiger Sharks (#3) vs. Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes

      (#4) at San Pedro High School