Orange Walk Running Rebels sends Bandits reeling

On Friday night Orange Walk Running Rebels hosted Belmopan Bandits at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Complex, as both teams were 1 – 2 and battling to reach .500 after this game, rather than falling to 1 – 3.  The home squad had a 26 – 22 lead at the end of the first quarter which extended to 49 – 40 at the half. However, Belmopan Bandits was providing an answer for all the surges of the home team, hanging in the game 66 – 62 going into the last quarter. In the fourth quarter Orange Walk Running Rebels had a 14-point lead, but Belmopan Bandits were able to cut into the lead and keep the game close, trailing by only 3 points.  Rebels was able to seal the 94 – 86 lead down the stretch with some key buckets.  Running Rebels was led by Brian White who had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds while Dajuan Cooper also tallied a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.  Sidney Bradley chipped in 16 points while Roger Reneau and Isaiah Thomas finished with 12 and 11 points respectively.  Point guard Khalil Jhabbie from Belmopan Bandits had the game high with 27 points to go with 6 assists while Richard Smith III tallied 25 points and 1o rebounds. Brandon Flowers finished with a double-double tallying 13 points and 10 rebounds.  With the win Orange Walk Running Rebels is now 2 – 2 while Belmopan Bandits are 1 – 3, losing their last 2 games.