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#442948 - 07/20/12 08:07 PM Tuff E Nuff in finals of Interoffice Competition
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Tuff E Nuff is in the finals of the 2012 Interoffice Basketball Competition

Hometown hopefuls Tuff E Nuff Tours are fresh off a league topping 8 – 1 season and a 2 – 1 semifinal run to reach the finals of this year’s Interoffice Basketball Competition. In their semifinal match, after dominating the competition in the regular season and sporting the best record this year, Tuff E Nuff went up against the only team that were able to snatch a victory from them, Quan’s Engineering. In another surprise defeat the San Pedro based basketball team went down 1 – 0 after Quan’s Engineering managed to overcome them yet again. However, after carefully analyzing their opponents and making the necessary adjustments to the team roster, the Tuff E Nuff boys were able to come back from the deficit and clinch victory in the best of three series by winning the next two games back to back, exacting their revenge against their QE counterparts with only a 10 man rotation. As player/coach Rico Black said in an interview with The San Pedro Sun at the start of the season, Tuff E Nuff always felt that they had a very good chance of making it to finals, and now their confidence has been vindicated as they come up to face their rivals Alamilla’s in game one on Friday, July 20th at 9:00pm.

In what is sure to be a heated clash, Tuff E Nuff will face some of the same players in the Alamilla’s team who once played together with them on the history making San Pedro Tigersharks championship team in 2007. Ex-teammates now come face to face in the Bird’s Isle basketball stadium to find out which team is this year’s best and settle the rivalry that has been brewing all season. Black believes that with the strength of the team they have now and the dedication the adjusted roster has been showing, Alamilla’s will have their work cut out for them in order to overcome the Tuff E Nuff squad. Tipoff is at 9:00pm for the first in the 5-game series that will see some of Belize’s best players battle it out on the court to take home the gold.

Game 2 will be on Saturday, July 21st, at 9:00pm and couch Black will be taking a boat over to the city for the game allowing friends and fans to go to cheer and show their support for their team. The boat leaves San Pedro at 6:00pm on Saturday from Tuff E Nuff Tours on the Sandy Point Resorts dock near Ruby’s Hotel and returns promptly after the game. Passage is $20.00 per person and includes admission to the game and a discount on food and drinks being sold at Bird’s Isle. Get in touch with the Tuff E Nuff boys to reserve your seat.

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#445032 - 08/23/12 07:50 AM Re: Tuff E Nuff in finals of Interoffice Competition [Re: Marty]
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Tuff E Nuff – 2012 IBL Champions; Photo by William Ysaguirre

Tuff E Nuff are the 2012 Interoffice Basketball League Champions

At the start of the 2012 Interoffice Basketball (IBL) season, Coach Rico Black stated that Tuff E Nuff had what it takes and stood a good chance of winning the title. After three months of competition, it seems Coach Black knew very well what his team was capable of, as they came out on top in the end to claim a win in Game Five of the IBL finals, making them the 2012 IBL Champions!

The championship game was held at the Bird’s Isle in Belize City and commenced around 9PM. With a sold out stadium, San Pedro’s own Tuff E Nuff went up against Alamilla’s to decide the champions for the season. The game saw some of the country’s best basketball players battle it out to showcase their athletic skill. After a tight game Tuff E Nuff emerged on top with a score of 58 to 45.

Rico Black received a trophy for Coach of the Year while team mate, Barron Lauriano received MVP for the 2012 IBL season. An elated Rico stated, “We’ve been playing since 2005, since then we’ve won it three times. The IBL is one of the most prestigious tournaments in Belize besides the Semi Pro. It’s one level below. It’s the number one competition that’s going on in the country of Belize, next to the Semi Pro and we are honored to be the champions. We worked for it. We deserve it.”

For winning the championship, each team member received individual trophies as well as championship rings.

This is the second ring that Tuff E Nuff has received. The first was in 2010 when they won the IBL Championship for the second time. The team also won a 6 ft 5-inch tall trophy which is on display in Belize City at their major sponsor’s place of business – San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi.

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