by Karim Juan, NEBL Commissioner
Sunday, March 1, 2020
This coming weekend will be the mid-way point of this year’s NEBL season. At the half way mark fans will be able to better decipher the quality of the teams as everyone will be fixing their eyes on one of the four playoff spots. The deadline for teams to add players to their roster will be Tuesday, March 3 after which final rosters cannot be changed. Team stats, player stats, upcoming schedule and standings can be found on our webpage at neblbelize.com
Tiger Sharks extends Bandits woes to 5 games
Belmopan Bandits hosted the defending champs, San Pedro Tiger Sharks on Friday night at the Hilltop Basketball court in Belmopan City. Tiger Sharks was without the services of big man, Martevious Adams who was nursing a sore ankle, while Bandits tried to capitalize on this opportunity at home. Belmopan Bandits jumped out to an early 15 – 2 but San Pedro was able to cut the deficit to 2 points, 45 – 43, going into the half. In the third quarter San Pedro grabbed the lead which they maintained to the final whistle, winning 86 – 69. Tiger Sharks was led by Antone Robinson Jr. who had the game high with 23 points to go with 11 boards while Jihad Wright sank 19 points and grabbed 13 boards and Francis Arana finished with 14 points, 7 dimes and 4 caroms. In a losing effort, Khalil Jabbie was the high man for the Bandits with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Brandon Flowers scored 14 points to go with 6 rebounds and Richard Smith II registered another double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds. With the win San Pedro Tiger Sharks remain 1 game back of the Defenders for the #1 seed in the standings.
Verdes exploits the short-handed PG Panthers
Verdes hosted Punta Gorda Panthers on Saturday night at the Sacred Heart College auditorium in San Ignacio Town, as the visiting squad entered the game without their point guard, D’Von Campbell, who had been released. The first quarter started slow for both teams on the offensive end, but the home squad picked up the tempo in the second to grab a 38 – 22 lead going into intermission. Verdes never relinquished that comfortable lead, as they registered a 85 – 48 win at home. Verdes was led by Tyrone Hall who had the game high with 25 points which included 6 shots from behind the arc, while Devin Thomas had his best offensive output in the season with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Kris Frazier finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Punta Gorda Panthers only double-digit scorer was Jevonte Hughes who tallied 15 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists, while Elsworth Itza finished with the game high 16 rebounds to go with 8 points and Julien Travis chipped in 8 points. With the loss, Punta Gorda Panthers is on a 4-game losing streak.