By: Charleston Gladden
After two disappointing losses in the Civic, Hurricanes regrouped and went back to the drawing board. After waiving Ray Cruz and Jordan Daniels, the Hurricanes signed Shannon Fowler and Ryan Zuniga in the recent weeks to fill the gap missing. For Belmopan, they just came off a victory against Orange Walk on Wednesday and faced with they’re tasked with player fatigue as they playing two games within three nights.
Both teams exchange scoring at every possession and not giving their opponent any leverage. However, Hurricanes were open a small cushion lead throughout the second quarter. Unfortunately, Bandits were able to have a single possession lead but Hurricanes was able to tie game at 45 with two free throws from Stephen Williams to send both to the locker room for halftime. While in the second half Hurricanes illustrated why they were first in defense a season ago, as they limited Belmopan to only seven points for the entire third quarter and had command of a twenty-six point lead. At this moment, they weren’t anything possible for Bandits to reduce the lead as the game finished with a score of 91 – 76.
Player of the Games goes to Stephen Williams finishing with a season high of 20 points. Followed behind with Glencey Lopez with 16 points and 8 assists and Akeem Watters tallied 14 points and 9 rebounds. Belmopan Bandits was led by Jevaughn McKenzie with a career high of 18 points and 5 assists. Brandon Flowers contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Kevon Laurie with 10 points and 4 rebounds.
Hurricanes: Shannon Fowler made his hurricanes debut finishing with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Also Ryan Zuniga returned to the NEBL since 2015 playing 5 minutes…. Devin Daly DNP due to a sprain ankle (left).
Bandits: Belmopan’s currently 1 – 2 on road games… Jevonte Hughes finished with 8 points and 12 rebounds.
Hurricanes CEO, Gilbert Gordon, had some comments about their new addition of Shannon Fowler, “He is exactly what we needed. A big that could play with his back to the basket and demand a double team. He is an excellent passer out the double team as was displayed last night. His performance was exceptional given the short space of time that was afforded to him to build team chemistry.”
Hurricanes: Host Orange Walk on March 14th
Bandits: Host Defenders on March 15th