Sports Monday with James “Jah Over All” Adderley
Good Evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.
The 2nd Annual Belize City Council and Leslie’s Imports September Belize City Criterium took to the streets of the Metropolis yesterday as a part of the National Celebrations program and we are at the start of the 35 mile elite race staged on the Albert Street – Regent Street circuit. 33 riders are suited up in this class and we’re underway as 35 laps of the criterium begin.
In the early going, Marlon Castillo decides to demonstrate his prowess as he opts for a solo flight. A couple laps later it’s still Marlon Castillo on the pace, but a chase group led by Brandon Cattouse and the C-Ray team has mounted a concerted effort to reel him in. Late in the race, the chase group dwindles to Brandon Cattouse, Chris McNish, Jeovaun Leslie and Tariq Cano. Meanwhile some 23 riders in this bunch are trying to complete the cross over to the chase 4.
Folks, for the 1st time in a criterium that I can remember a rider goes wire to wire as Marlon Castillo again riding for Santino’s re-establishes himself as the strongest in the business crossing the finish line unchallenged to win the race in 1 hour 18 minutes flat. U-23 rider, Tariq Cano of team Indeco takes 2nd two minutes 15 seconds and almost a lap later in uncontested fashion. And then Brandon Cattouse of C-Ray beats Chris McNish of Benny’s Megabytes and Jeovaun Leslie of SAntino’s to round out the top 5.
In the juniors and youth class, Oscar Quiros of Cayo Uprising grabbed the big W easily as he dresses to win. Riss Cattouse of C-Ray takes 2nd—52 seconds later by out-sprinting Steven Casteneda, Zahir Figueroa—both of Cayo Uprising—while Joslyn Chavarria of Clear the Land rounds out yjr top 5.
On the ladies side, Shalini Zabaneh continues her dominance in female cycling winning the 15 mile race in 40 minutes 43 seconds after facing a strong challenge from Patricia Chavarria of Benny’s Megabytes who took second. Kirah Eiley of Smooth Sailing pulled up 3rd with Kaya Cattouse rounding out the top 4.
In the BTL Youth Development Program 4 Mile race, Kory Ingram takes the top spot while Delawn Abraham finished 2nd and Keron Faber 3rd. Meanwhile Tragan Humes won the BTL 2 miler with Clifford Dortch 2nd and Jamal Hyde 3rd.
In news from the Commonwealth Youth Games at the Isle of Man, Joel Borland finished 34th in the 45 miles time trial event with an average speed of 24.7 miles per hour and Juan Umana 39th with his average speed of 23.4 miles per hour. Belize placed 12 in the team time trial with a time of 22.2 miles per hour. In the 61.1 mile road race, Joel Borland gave Belize its best finish at 31st. in the criterium ride, Joel Borland finished 21st.
Turning to the basketball scene; we take you to the civic centre for game 4 of the Interoffice Basketball Championship with CYDP needing a win to force a decisive game 5 against the favorite Belize Bank Bulldogs. From the opening buzzer, CYDP demonstrated its determination as Andrew Staine penetrated the heart of Belize Bank’s defense to open the scoring with 2 of his 11 game points. Meanwhile Marcel Orosco is on top of things tonight as he strikes for 3 in his first shot attempt. Marcel would lead his team with 17 points. It’s all CYDP until Rupert Brown strips Staine and goes all the way for 2 of his game high 18 points. No other Bulldog would put up double digit scoring tonight. At the end of the 1st quarter, CYDP boats a 22 to 14 lead.
In the 2nd, CYDP extends the lead. Jermaine Tillett inbounds to Staine and he gets 2 more. Jacob Leslie spots up for the long deuce and hits it—he would put up 16 points tonight. Marcel Orosco then knocks down the triple and at the half and CYDP is up by 19 points.
We fast forward to the 4th and its still CYDP running away with this one as Justin Wade pulls up for 2. CYDP goes on to blow-out the Belize Bank Bulldogs in a 72 to 54 final score. Thus the decisive game 5 is set for this Friday night at the civic.
Jah Over All, I’m James Adderley.