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#513389 - 04/28/16 01:00 PM San Pedro Tiger Sharks make it to the NEBL Finals
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Despite a few hurdles during the past eleven weeks of basketball action, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks are in the finals of the 2016 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Tournament for the third year in a row. Against all odds, the island team is hoping to capture the championship for the third consecutive year.

Playoffs continued for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks on Saturday, April 23rd as they hosted the Belmopan Bandits at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The home team blew open the game with a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, and they never backed down, keeping control of the game to a victorious end with a 70-55 score. The Belmopan Bandits were eliminated from the competition, while the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were propelled to their third consecutive NEBL finals. Gene Myvett was the top scorer for San Pedro Tiger Sharks, tallying 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Jamal Kelly netted 11 points while Raul Roches recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The finals promise to be a fierce match-up between two of the strongest teams in Belize. Both teams have a huge front court and are physically strong, while the guard play is also evenly matched. Key players in these finals will be San Pedro Tiger Sharks’ Raul Roches, Andrew “Bynum” Ortiz and Caleb Sutton who will go up against Smart Belize Hurricanes’ Darwin “Puppy” Leslie, Farron Louriano and Brian White.

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#513484 - 05/04/16 06:12 AM Re: San Pedro Tiger Sharks make it to the NEBL Finals [Re: Marty]
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Tiger Sharks fall to Smart Belize Hurricanes in first NEBL Finals match

For the third consecutive year, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks are in the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) finals looking to claim the championship yet again. But before they can be crowned NEBL 2016 Tournament Champions, the Tiger Sharks must defeat the Smart Belize Hurricanes in a best out of three game series. The first game of the finals was played on Friday, April 20th at the Belize Elementary School gymnasium in Belize City. As the game tipped off, Smart Belize Hurricanes jumped out to an early lead, ending the first quarter with an 18 – 16 advantage. At halftime, Smart Belize Hurricanes still maintained a marginal 31 – 28 lead. In the third quarter, there were many lead changes and ties until Smart Belize Hurricanes extended the lead to 9 points at the end of the third quarter, to take a 63 – 54 advantage. In the middle of the fourth quarter, San Pedro Tiger Sharks was able to cut the lead to three points, but the home squad then extended the lead down the stretch to secure game one of the best-of-three finals, with a score of 93 – 84.

Heading into game two of the finals, San Pedro Tiger Sharks must win in order to send this series the third and final match. Game two of the NEBL finals will tip off on Saturday, May 7th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium here in San Pedro Town at 9PM. If Smart Belize Hurricanes manages to secure another win, they will become the NEBL 2016 Championship with their first championship in franchise history. Everyone is invited to come out and support the San Pedro Tiger Sharks. This is sure to be an exciting game!

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#513594 - 05/08/16 06:01 AM Re: San Pedro Tiger Sharks make it to the NEBL Finals [Re: Marty]
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The San Pedro Tiger Sharks have defeated the Smart Belize Hurricanes in game two of the National Elite Basketball League finals... One more game to go!

On Saturday night, two-time defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks hosted Smart Belize Hurricanes in front of a packed auditorium at the San Pedro High School, in game 2 of the NEBL Finals. San Pedro Tiger Sharks lost 3 regular season games this season, for the first time in franchise history, but they are still undefeated at home in the playoffs. A win by the visiting team, Smart Belize Hurricanes, would have given them a sweep of the best-of-three series and their first NEBL championship; while San Pedro Tiger Sharks had their backs against the wall, in a must-win game, to send the series back to the city for game 3.

As the game tipped off, the Tiger Sharks jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, with Douglas Valley scoring 7 of those 8 points. However, the Hurricanes closed the lead mid-way through the first, trailing 17-13, and the home team led at the end of the first quarter, 34-28, and had a 5 point lead going into intermission, 53-48. Each time San Pedro Tiger Sharks went on an offensive run, the visitors were able to respond, to keep the game close. San Pedro had a double-digit lead 6 times in the game, and each time Smart Belize Hurricanes was able to cut the deficit to 3 or 4 points. The Tiger Sharks led the entire game, and their biggest lead was 13 points. Mid way through the fourth quarter, Tiger Sharks had an 86-80 lead, ending the game on a 15-8 run, to comfortably grab the 101-88 victory. With the win, the series is tied up at one game apiece, with the third and final game scheduled to take place in Belize City, where a champion will be crowned.

Ashton Edwards played his first game of the playoffs tonight, and he came up huge for the home squad with his leadership, poise and great shooting. He tallied 30 pts, 3 rebs, 2 assists and 2 steals, including 5 three-point shots; while Douglas Valley had another great game with 20 pts and 5 rebs. Andrew “Bynum” Ortiz had his second monster game of this series with 18 pts, 8 rebs, 3 steals and 2 assists.

Smart Belize Hurricanes was led by the league’s MVP, Farron Louriano, who recorded another huge game in the playoffs with 30 pts, 6 rebs and 2 assists. Darwin “Puppy” Leslie finished with 15 pts and 2 assists; while this year’s rookie, Glency “Coope” Lopez sank 14 pts to go with 3 steals and 2 boards.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks had a 38-36 rebounding edge, also holding a 21-11 advantage on points off turnovers. Smart Belize Hurricanes had a 24-18 advantage on second chance points, while San Pedro Tiger Sharks had a 61-26 edge on bench scoring. The Tiger Sharks’ bench was excellent in their second consecutive game, as they scored more than half of their team’s points. The Hurricanes shot 44% from the field in their second consecutive game, while the Tiger Sharks’ field goal percentage was an impressive 57%, including 42% shooting from beyond the arc. Smart Belize Hurricanes shot 37 free throws, hitting 70% of their attempts, compared to San Pedro Tiger Sharks’ 15 of 27 shooting from the charity stripe.

The third and deciding game of the NEBL finals will be on Friday, May 13, at 9:00 p.m. at the Belize Elementary School gym, known as the Hurricane Shelter. It’s “winner takes all” on Friday night, in the final game of the 2016 NEBL season.

The game can be followed live on our website at nebl.sportingpulse.net, with real time box scores while the game is being played. The website also has all game scores, box scores, players’ and teams’ statistics, along with standings for the season.

#513731 - 05/14/16 06:07 AM Re: San Pedro Tiger Sharks make it to the NEBL Finals [Re: Marty]
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Oh noooo!!! No 3-peat Championship for our beloved San Pedro Tiger Sharks...
But ... congratulations to the SMART Belize City Hurricanes for winning the 2016 NEBL Championship! Final score 98-92!

#513758 - 05/15/16 06:37 AM Re: San Pedro Tiger Sharks make it to the NEBL Finals [Re: Marty]
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Hurricanes win Basketball championship

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Smart Belize Hurricanes crowned NEBL champions

The third and decisive Game 3 of the NEBL finals was played on Friday night at the Belize Elementary School gymnasium in Belize City. The massive crowd that was in attendance was a testament to the significance of the game and the fanfare that enveloped this season.

The intensity in the gym was palpable from tip-off, as the two-time defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks jumped out to an early 15-10 lead, which was narrowed to 24-22 at the end of the first quarter.

At intermission, the visiting squad was still holding on to a marginal 47-45 lead; and mid-way through the third quarter, Smart Belize Hurricanes took a 60-58 lead, which they increased to 4 points, 72-68, at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter was surely the most intense 10 minutes for both teams, as the game was defined by constant ties and lead changes. The home team was nurturing a 3 point lead, but missed free throws down the stretch by Smart Belize Hurricanes, complemented by huge three-point shots by San Pedro Tiger Sharks, kept the game close. Two consecutive three pointers by San Pedro Tiger Sharks quickly evaporated the home team’s lead to 93-90, but Smart Belize Hurricanes was able to hit some key free throws in the waning seconds of the game, while improving their defense in the last 3-4 possessions, to seal the 98-92 victory.

There were 8 ties and 11 lead changes in this game, and the biggest lead that both teams had in the game was 7 points. The win gave Smart Belize Hurricanes their first NEBL championship in franchise history, as they defeated the two-time defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks.

Darwin “Puppy” Leslie was the top scorer in this game with 33 points, to go with 6 rebounds and 2 steals. He hit four huge shots from behind the arc, while shooting 75% from the charity stripe, to go 9 of 12 from the free-throw line. Regular season MVP, Farron Louriano tallied 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Leroy Louriano sank 11 points, dished out 7 assists, grabbed 5 rebounds and secured 3 steals. Akeem Watters finished with a solid 9 points and 9 rebounds off the bench, while Glency “Coope” Lopez contributed 9 points and 3 boards off the pine. Smart Belize Hurricanes shot 42% from the field, and a dismal 58% from the free throw line, missing 15 shots from the charity stripe.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Caleb Sutton with 19 points, 4 steals, 2 assists and 2 rebounds; while Douglas Valley netted 17 points to go with 2 rebounds and 2 assists, and 4 three-point shots. Andrew “Bynum” Ortiz tallied 16 points and 5 rebounds, and Ashton Edwards sank 15 points, including three shots from behind the arc. Gene Myvett recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, to go with 6 assists and 2 steals, while Raul Roches finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds. San Pedro Tiger Sharks shot 43% from the field, 34% from behind the three-point arc, and 55% from behind the charity stripe.

The Hurricanes controlled the glass with a 57-45 advantage, and also had a 51-31 advantage off bench points. The Tiger Sharks had the 22-17 edge on points off turnovers, and a 13-6 advantage on fast break points. Smart Belize Hurricanes shot 36 free throws, compared to 31 shots from the visiting team. The home team led for 22 minutes in the game, while San Pedro Tiger Sharks had the lead for 18 minutes.

Finals MVP went to Darwin “Puppy” Leslie for the second consecutive year, as he averaged 24.3 points per game, while offering great leadership and poise to his team. Darwin was also last year’s finals MVP, but he was then playing with San Pedro Tiger Sharks. Kudos to Darwin “Puppy” Leslie, who is the only player to have won three consecutive championships, his first 2 with San Pedro Tiger Sharks, and this year with Smart Belize Hurricanes.

The NEBL would like to congratulate all eight teams for participating in this year’s tournament, and San Pedro Tiger Sharks for being the only team to reach three straight finals. Respect to all the team managers, coaches, players, fans, referees, table officials and supporters of the NEBL, as we continue to grow the sport of basketball in Belize. Special thanks to Bowen and Bowen Ltd. and The National Channel (TNC) for being our corporate sponsors this season. Thanks to all the media houses that covered our games on a weekly basis.



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