May 11, 2019
by Karim Juan
On Friday night Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes travelled out west to take on the #1 seed, Verdes, in a do-or-die game 3 that would decide which team advances to the finals. Games 1 and 2 were decided by game winning three point shots, which prepared the table for a great showing in game 3. The visiting squad attacked first, jumping out to an early 20 – 6 lead, but Verdes was able to cut the deficit to 2 points early in the second quarter. However, by intermission the lead ballooned back to 17 points, 46 – 29. In the second half Verdes was unable to muster a run to narrow the gap to single digit points, allowing the defending champions, Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes to cruise to an easy 79 – 66 victory in front of a packed auditorium. With the win Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes is the first team to advance to the finals, awaiting the winner from the Griga Dream Ballers and San Pedro Tiger Sharks game on Saturday night. This is Hurricanes third trip to the finals, where they have never lost, winning both times they arrived at the big dance. Hurricanes’ top scorers were Glency Lopez who tallied 18 points and 5 points and Shannon Fowler who also had 18 points to go with 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Tyrie Orosco finished the game with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Devin Daly netted 11 points to go with 7 rebounds, 2 dimes and 2 steals. Regular season MVP, Kris Frazier was the top scorer for Verdes with 15 points to go with 18 rebounds and 5 steals while Leroy Louriano scored 13 points to go with 5 steals. Richard Troyer finished the night with 12 points and Andrew Ortiz chipped in 10 points to go with 11 rebounds.