On Friday night in the Verdes season opener at Sacred Heart College auditorium the home squad was able to secure their first win on the season, defeating Orange Walk Running Rebels 82 – 74. Orange Walk Running Rebels jumped out to an early 20 – 15 lead at the end of the first quarter, but by half time Verdes had a 9-point lead, 41 – 32. Verdes was able to hold this lead despite many offensive runs by the Running Rebels to secure the victory in front of a packed auditorium. Verdes was led by last year’s MVP, Kris Frazier who had the game high with 23 points to go with 8 rebounds and 4 assists while captain Richard Troyer knotted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to go with 3 steals. American import Devin Thomas tallied 13 points and 8 rebounds in his first NEBL game while Tyrone Hall finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. In a losing effort Roger Reneau netted 19 points to go with 7 rebounds while Tyrie Orosco scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 13 minutes before being disqualified in the second quarter after obtaining two unsportsmanlike fouls. Matthew Young finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards while American import Dajuan Cooper also recorded a double-double in his debut with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Sidney Bradley chipped in 10 points. Verdes shot 51% from the compared to Orange Walk’s 28%. Verdes missed 23 free throws while turning over the ball 31 times, and they were outrebounded 57 – 51 in the game.