San Pedro Tiger Sharks

Griga frowns again with 6th consecutive semi-final loss as Tiger Sharks heads to the finals again

by Karim Juan

NEBL Commissioner

May 12, 2019

Griga Dream Ballers hosted the San Pedro Tiger Sharks on Saturday night at the Russel Chiste Garcia stadium in Dangriga Town.  The home team took early control of the game, leading 20 – 11 at the end of the first quarter, and they were able to extend the lead to 13 points early in the second quarter to go into the half up by 8, 41 – 33.  San Pedro was able to cut the deficit to 2 points by the end of the third quarter, going into the final quarter with a finals appearance on the line. With the game tied with less than 2 minutes to go, Gene Myvett came up with a huge offensive rebound and tip-in to give San Pedro a 2 point lead, which they were able to seal at the free throw line, stunning Griga Dream Ballers 67 – 63.  San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Jihad Wright who tallied 15 points, 9 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals while Martevious Adams finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Gene Myvett was the only other Tiger Sharks player with double digit scoring, chipping in 10 points while grabbing 9 rebounds and Kurt Burgess scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Edgar Mitchell had the game high, scoring 16 points while dishing out 9 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds for Griga Dream Ballers, while Delvon Henderson finished with a double-double, netting 13 points and grabbing 14 boards. Daniel Conorque tallied 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for the home team and Jamal Kelly chipped in 10 points to go with 6 rebounds.  With the win, San Pedro Tiger Sharks is heading to their fifth finals appearance in 6 years while Griga has lost in 6 consecutive semi-final series. It is the first time in league history that the 2 lower seeds both advanced to the finals. With the loss, home teams are 0 – 6 this year in the playoffs where no home team has secured a win in front of their fans as yet.


Finals Match-up

San Pedro Tiger Sharks is the #3 seed and Mirage/Smart Hurricanes is the #4 seed so San Pedro Tiger Sharks will have home court advantage in the best-of-five finals series. Both San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes have won 2 NEBL championships.  San Pedro Tiger Sharks won in 2014 and 2015 while Hurricanes won in 2016 and 2018.  In 2016, Hurricanes defeated San Pedro Tiger Sharks in the finals.  This season, Hurricanes defeated San Pedro in their first matchup, 87 – 71, and in their second game, San Pedro Tiger Sharks defeated Hurricanes, 80 – 75.

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

Finals schedule

Game 1 – Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 p.m.: San Pedro Tiger Sharks (#3) s. Mirage/Smart Belize

           Hurricanes (#4) at San Pedro High School

Game 2 – Friday, May 24 at 9:00 p.m.: Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes (#4) vs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks

       (#3) at Belize Civic Center

Game 3 – Saturday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m.:  San Pedro Tiger Sharks (#3) vs. Mirage/Smart Belize

           Hurricanes (#4) at San Pedro High School

Game 4 (if necessary) – 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 8 at 9:00 p.m.:  San Pedro Tiger Sharks (#3) vs. Mirage/Smart

          Belize Hurricanes (#4) at San Pedro High School