Sports Guru James Adderley’s winning sport moments
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.
The World will be talking for a long time about that electrifying performance from Usain Bolt of Jamaica in the 100 meters yesterday in the London Olympics. However, I’m a Belizean and I know you are too. Therefore, respect and support must be given to our 3 athletes who represented the sub-umbra floreo at this auspicious sporting event. Kaina Martinez did her best clocking 11.81 seconds to advance to the next heat, but her time of 11.89 would not permit her to advance and in fact did not come up with a personal best. Kenneth Medwood, a Belizean American produced the best time by a Belizean athlete in the 400 meter hurdles with his opening bed at 49.78 seconds but was eliminated in his next outing with a time of 49.87.
Eddermys Sanchez, a naturalized Belizean participated in Judo at the 60 to 66 kilograms weight and lost in his 1st appearance to Miklos Umgari of Hungary. There are lessons to be learned from this outing, but we’ll leave that to the Belizean Olympic Association to ponder.
Turning to the local scene, the Interoffice Basketball League staged its 4th Game in the 5-Game Championships at Bird’s Isle with the stage set for Tuff E Nuff to wear the Crown while the Ministry of Education/Alamilla Team had to win this outing to force a decisive Game 5. Tuff E Nuff gets off to a great start in the opening quarter as Tyrone Edwards raises up for the deuce. And when Keith Acosta threads the needle to Raul Roches, he sinks the bucket and gets 3 the old fashioned way in a ballgame that would see him score 8 points and pull 10 boards. At the end of 1st quarter, Tuff E Nuff leads 22 to 14.
In the 2nd, Keith Acosta deals to the streaking Paul Swasey who finished with the lay. Down by 10, MOE gets busy as Brandon Rogers takes on 3 black shirts to sink this shot. Rogers would strike for the game high of 3 points tonight. But at the half, MOE is still down 36 to 28. In the 3rd quarter, MOE/Alamilla’s really turned up the pressure. Brandon Rogers eludes his man to play string music. Kurt Burgess then displays his prowess down low for 2 of his 12 points and Burgess would put up a 2 doubles of 12 points 10 boards. MOE ties the ballgame at 44 apiece when Dave Alamilla sinks his 1st of 2-3’s. And on this press, Rogers finds Greg Rudon who goes to the left hand to give MOE its 1st lead over Tuff E Nuff—53 to 46. Down by 7 in the 4th, Tuff E Nuff goes to Keith Acosta who sinks the jump hook for 2 of his team high 22 points. Tyrone Edwards ties the ballgame at 55 pts apiece with this lay and then the going gets tough.
In fact, MOE/Alamilla’s would never look back as they post the 69-62 big Win and now the decisive Game 5 comes up this Friday at Bird’s Isle.
In cycling news, 26 riders suited up for the 5 lap, 38 mile open race presented by CASA from Community Baboon Sanctuary to Bermudian Landing Bridge on Saturday. At the 1st turn around, the pelathon remains somewhat compact. However at tape time, it was the solitary figure of Donizetti Vasquez of Team Depredadores of Mexico who crosses the line for the victory in 1 hour 41 mins. 30 secs. Giovanni Lovell of Telemedia rolls in uncontested for 2nd place with his time of 1 hr. 42 mins. Now here comes the sprint for 3rd place; it’s veteran Barney Brown of Scotia Bank beating Brandon Cattouse and Gregg Lovell in that order to get on the podium.
Meanwhile, the Weekend Warriors race from Belmopan Comprehensive to St. Margaret’s Villageand back staged yesterday saw Kenny Gooding of Zitro beat out Santino Castillo and Albert Conorqui in that order to take top prize in the B Class. In the A Class, it was a Santino;s sweep with Robert Cassasola, Ernest Thurton and Raymond Hyde finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. While in the C Class, Gilford Perez of Thirsty Thursday took top honors with Arthur Bennett 2nd and Nelson Zyden 3rd.
Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.