The San Pedro Tigersharks Basketball Team is leading the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) after defeating the Dangriga Warriors on Saturday March 15th. The game was hosted at the Rafael Angel Nunez Auditorium and saw a respectable number of supporters who were out to cheer the home team. The masters of the drums from southern Belize had high expectations coming into San Pedro, after all, they had been on a winning streak.
Tyrone Castillo for the Warriors opened the scoreboard with a two-pointer, placing the visitors at starting lead. A few seconds after, San Pedro’s Winston Pratt was fouled and awarded two free-throws. Pratt managed to get one shot in, so the home team still trailed. Moments after, Pratt was awarded two more foul shots, both which he caught, placing the score at 3-2 in favor of the home team. After several misplays, the Tigersharks’ Michael Adams and Pratt stretched the lead by 8 to 4 for home team. But the culture Warriors were determined not to go down so early. Gary Francisco led the charge, followed by Jamir Flores of Dangriga, to tie the score at 5 minutes and 3 seconds into the first quarter. The Warriors began a roll that stretched their lead to the end of the first quarter with a 20 – 17 score in their favor.
In the second quarter, the game was competitive and the score was neck to neck. Without the support of his key player Ashton Edwards at the start of the game,Winston Pratt came under sustained defense from the Warriors’ Flores, Francisco and Trevaughn Usher. But the Tigersharks were determined to take the lead, and in the second quarter, they managed a 44-39 score to end the first half with the lead. The third quarter was even more exciting as each team mounted their defense and tried a variety of attack strategies on each other. Leading scorer Pratt maintained his game on the court and skillfully managed to keep the baskets going with the occasional appearance of Densmore Edwards and Michael Adams. Ashton Edwards made a late entrance into the game, which brought a difference on the court. After seeing his team struggling to keep up with the Warriors, Edwards added fresh pressure to the game forcing an equal 64 to 64 points at the end of the third quarter. The two Edwards, Adams and Pratt kept the pressure up in the last quarter of the game. Combined with defensive plays, the home team nabbed a 10-point advantage over the Dangriga Warriors ending the game at 88 to 78 a piece.
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