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#487876 - 03/12/14 06:43 AM Re: James Adderley’s weekly sports update [Re: Short]
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Belize Bank Team and Western Ballaz top weekend competitions in Sports

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.

The 17th running of the Annual Belikin La Ruta Maya attracted 68 canoes as the Mopan River tossed to and fro under the power of the many paddles turning its waters at the start. For sure, some are in it to win it while others are just eager to experience the wonders and trials of a 4-stage, 169 mile journey through the Mopan and Belize Old River featuring 8 categories. 49 miles later, we are at Banana Bank where we find perennial champions, Belize Bank Bulldogs grabbing the stage 1 win in 4 hours 46 minutes 45 seconds with no challenge in sight. 3 minutes 46 seconds later, NICH paddles in uncontested for 2nd place. the Young upstarts, Wateva Boys competing in the Intramural Class finished3rd in 4:53:06, but we do have a short-handed B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm edging out Westrac Stingers by 2 seconds.

In the 2nd stage, we can tell you that the 54 mile event was again taken by the Belize Bank in 5 hours 31 minutes 5 seconds edging out NICH by 3 seconds. Westrac Stingers was next at 5:31:11, B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm 5:31:21 and Wateva Boys rounds out the top 5 at 5:31:47. Now here’s the launch of Stage III from Double Head Cabbage to Henderson Bank for the third leg. Thing is the Belize bank Bulldogs were not at the start and had over a minute to pull into the pack. However, it’s no biggie because 7 miles into the 30 mile stage, we find Westrac, Wateva Boys, NICH, Joseph and Taylor Steelers, B.T.L.’s Cobb’s Arm and who is behind them…no other than Belize Bank. Thus it is no surprise when the Bulldogs attack B.T.L. at the tape and surpasses them to take top honors in 4:28:01 beating Cobb’s Arm by a second. 1 minute later, the Steelers roll in uncontested for 3rd place. While NICH held off Westrac for 4th place, both about a half minute off the pace. Of note is the fact that the Intramural team, Wateva Boys finished just 5 minutes 17 seconds off the pace.

So we fast forward to the finish of the final stage from Burrell Boom to the Belcan Bridge here in Belize City—a distance of some 36 miles. And it is the solidarity figure of Westrac Stingers that commands the scene. Some 300 yards behind, we see the Belize Bank Bulldogs coming into view. However, it’s Westrac who wins the last stage, but we couldn’t get inside the stats before show time. The Belize Bank Bulldogs finishes 2nd for the stage, but the championship was never in doubt. After coming in with a 4 minute 12 seconds lead over their nearest rival, NICH, the victory was never in doubt as Armin Lopez, captain of the Bulldogs, wins his 10th race. In the meantime, B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm survived a late surge from NICH to finish 3rd in the final stage, but NICH came in with almost a 5 minute lead over Cobb’s Arm and finishes 2nd overall. B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm would then take 3rd place overall. Wateva Boys took 5th place in the stage sprint by edging out Joseph and Taylor Steelers and easily won the Intramural Class. Folks we just could not get the official results before show time so you’ll have to join us for our 1 hour package to get the detailed report.

In basketball news, Belize City NO Limits took its 2 & 1 record in the NEBL League to the Sacred Heart College Gym insdie San Ignacio for its date with 3 & 1 Cayo Western Ballaz Friday night. Both teams had their only loss from the surging San Pedro Tigersharks. Brandon Rogers got No Limit rolling with this penetration for 2 off the glass and would be one of the only 2 No Limit players to get into double digits with 11 points. However, the home team stormed back with good passing as Richard Troyer finishes for 2 of his 20 game points and would pull 9 rebounds. When Stanley Flowers dishes to Faron Louriano, the power forward posterizes Brandon Rogers and he would lead all platers in both categories with an impressive 2 doubles of 25 points 16 rebounds. At the end of the 1st, the Ballaz boast a 23-11 lead. In the 2nd quarter, Cayo Western Ballaz extends the lead—Travis Lennan penetrates and gets to the rum untouched for 2 of his 13 game points. A bright spot for the City Team proved to be Andrew Ortiz who on the run shows it home for 2 of his team high 33 poitns. At the hald, the Cayo lead is 45 to 29. Down by 21 points in the 3rd, NO Limits stages a rally—Kevin Domingo goes glass for 2 of his 7 points and would get 3 the hard way. John Rudon wants 3 and gets 3. Domingo then comes down and deals to Brandon Rogers who gets 2 more and at the end of 3, the lead is down to 9. In the 4th, Elsworth Itza comes alive for No Limit. He picks up this missed shot from John Rudon and converts it for 2. Itza then stays with this ball to come up with 2 more points from 2 tries at it. Ortiz gets in on the act and streaks in for 2 points and we’ve got a ballgame. However, this is the bucket that ties the ballgame and it’s from Ortiz. He would give No Limits the lead from the free throw line, but only recorded 4 for 11 from the line.

In the closing minutes, the Ballaz come right back—Richard Troyer finds Travis Lennon and he sinks the big triple. Faron Louriano ties the ballgame at 73 points apiece with this delivery. With 1.5 seconds remaining, Kurt Burgess is fouled and he hits tail end of the visit to the clarity stripe to make it a 74-73 score. Here’s the final play of the ballgame—No Limit goes to Andrew Ortiz whose effort falls just short as Cayo Western Ballaz take the 74-73 big win.

In other action around the NEBL, Dangriga Warriors colled down Corozal Heats 50-43. San Pedro Tigersharks gobbled up Belmopan Bandits 84-58 and its party time in OW as the Running Rebels ran over Toledo Diplomats 87-70 for their 1st season win. Looking to Week 6, Toledo travels to Cayo and Belmopan comes to Belize City on Friday. On Saturday, Dangriga sails to San Pedro and OW visits Corozal.

Turning to the football scene, the 7 team PLB closing season kicked off on Saturday night with 2 ballgames. At Dangriga, Pradise Freedom Fighters bombed the B.D.F. 1-zip and at Belmopan, the Bandits and San Ignacio United rallied to a 3-3 tie. Looking to Week II, on Saturday, Verdes FC plays host to the B.D.F. at 7:30 p.m. and FC Belize travels to the Isidoro Beaton Stadium for its date with Police United. On Sunday, Paradise Freedom Fighters will be at home against Belmopan Bandits.

In cycling news, Race Promoter for the Cycling Federation of Belize, Kwame Scott gives us the latest on the 33rd Annual Belmopan Cycling Classic.

Finally in boxing news, Mexican Belizean Sergio Thompson scored 2 knockdowns on Alvarez in HBO’s Prime Time Boxing Saturday night on his way to a unanimous 12 round decision. We’ll have him shortly on Channel 5 so stay tuned.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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#488186 - 03/18/14 05:57 AM Re: James Adderley’s weekly sports update [Re: Short]
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James Adderley has the weekend sporting activities

Good evening I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.

The spotlight of NEBL basketball shone on Belize City’s Smart No Limit Friday night as they faced the Belmopan Bandits at Big Birds Isle in a bid to rebound from week 5’s heartbreaking loss to Cayo Western Ballaz at San Ignacio. The visitors open the scoreboard when Isani Enriquez misses the left hand lay, Adan Coswell battles Kevin Domingo for the rebound and then puts it back to get things going. Folks tonight Gregg Rudon would display his shooting powers and he starts off with this long deuce to tie the ballgame. Rudon then launches the triple as No Limit begins to pull away in the 1st quarter. Rudon would finish with the game high of 26 points. Folks Adan Coswell the big center for the Bandits was the most influential player for the visitors and would strike for 13 points. At half the lead wars down to 12 points. For No Limit Andrew “Bynum” Ortiz was a monster on this dunk he would record 12 points. On this dunk he was pretty impressive on the move. And here is his 3rd of the night and this one really took some doing. Stephen Williams did his bit for Belmopan scoring 3 of his 13 game points right here but the die had been cast. When the long whistle comes Smart No Limit had posted the 73 to 56 big W to take this record to 3 wins 2 losses. In the meantime we apologize to the players and fans for not having the official stats but they came a bit too late.

In the other action around the league Cayo Western Ballaz ran over Toledo Diplomats 83 to 54. The Tigersharks beat Dangriga Culture Warriors 88 to 78 and Corozal Heats burned the OW Running Rebels 80 to 79. Looking to the week 7, the Bandits will host Cayo Thursday night at the UB stadium and Dangriga Warriors will host Smart No Limit Friday night. ON Saturday the San Pedro Tigersharks head to OW Running Rebels and Corozal Heats travel to the Toledo Diplomats.

In softball news Gwen Liz High School emerged the national female champion by stopping Independence High 2 – zip in the finals as pitcher Ashley Lucas emerged with the MVP honor. On the male side Nazarene High School blanked San Pedro High School 3 – nothing for the national title as Pitcher Jerome Carr took home MVP honor.

Now let’s look at the 33rd Annual Smart Belmopan Cycling Classic staged yesterday under the banner of the cycling federation of Belize. Over 100 cyclists in 8 categories are suited for the start of the 100 mile ride from Belize City to Belmopan and back. We’re with the elite riders when they roll through Hattieville where we find this 8 man lead sniffing the atmosphere before deciding which course to take. At Rochville Herman Requeña of Smart steps out of the lead pack to claim that station prize but nobody seemed worried. Maybe they should have because around mile 27 Requeña and Ignacio Prada of Megabytes joined in an on the road alliance that impact the race in a profound way. Prada and Hijo Requeña would share all station prizes from Rochville to Capital City and here the duo swing into the Belmopan junction as it’s the Mexican Prada grabbing that prize. Some two minutes behind Giovanni Leslie and Byron Pope burst into view dead set on the chase. While behind them a hungry pack of 19 stalkers that include the defending champion Marlon Castillo, American Scottie Wiess and John Delong, the young upstart Giovanni Lovell, bad man Angel Tzib, defending cross country champ Darnell Barrow, Joel Borland, Allan Castillo, Brandon Cattouse and 2 Choto brothers. At La Democracia it’s a new wrinkle featuring 12 riders as the lead duo has been reeled in. Nevertheless Ignacio Prada pulls out of the pack to take that prize. The group includes: Marlon Castillo, Brandon Cattouse, Scottie Wiess, Leroy Cassasola, Froggy Leslie, Liam Stewart, Oscar Quiroz and Alejandro. In the meantime folks it seems that the more life changes the more it remains the same because around mile 8 Prada and Hijo Requeña again extracted themselves from the leads pack to become the leas duo once more. The unforeseen break up leaves Oscar Quiroz and Robert Liam Stewart as the nearest riders to the lead two. We renew contact with leas on the Phillip Goldson Highway where we find Prada in sole command of 1st place. Herman Requeña has him in sight but the breakup of the alliance has left him only in command of the 2nd place. So we go to the finish and Ignacio Prada of Bennys Megabytes takes 1st place in 4 hours 34 minutes 9 seconds and also was winner in the U-23 class. 48 seconds later Herman Requeña of Smart claims the runner up spot after a truly gallant effort. Oscar Quiroz of Western Spirit tried to overtake Requeña but came up a bit short and had to take 3rd place. Robert Liam Stewart pulls up uncontested for 4th place with is time of 4 hours 35 minutes 17 seconds and also took top honors in the Masters 36 and over category. While Brandon Cattouse of C Ray rounds out the top 5 in the elite class after finishing in t4 hours 30 minutes 32 seconds. Checking other winners: Geovanni Lovell of B.T.L. Cycling took the Under 23 category, Angel Tzib was winner in the Elite 4/5 class, Nehru Gilharry won the Masters 4/5 Category, Shalini Zabaneh prevailed in the female class. Tarique Flowers won the Jr. Category and Dennis Arnold took the Youth Class.

Turning to the football scene, week 2 in the PLB closing season saw Police United hosting FC Belize at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium Saturday night. It’s the Police on the hunt early on Kafu Roches heads to Amin August Jr whose left foot launch forces a big time save from goalkeeper Glenford Chimilio. At the other end Steven Baizar gets this look at goal off the feed from Avian Crawford and really should have done better. We’re at the 43rd minute of play when this left foot center from Danny Jimenez sees Leon Cadle reach out with his hand to impede the movement of the ball—the referee rightly rules penalty. Clifton West gets the call for the Police and Chimilio is beaten as the law takes a 1-zip lead into intermission. In early 2nd half play, Yonathan Maradiaga turns on this ball but it doesn’t have enough to beat Keith Allen. In the meantime, Devon Makin beats his man only to waste the effort with a misguided shot that misses the target. Folks, to make a long story short, this one is all Police United. They move the ball to Amin August Jr. and he makes it look effortless as he decimates the FC defense to poke this one past the goalkeeper at the 84th minute for the 2-nil lead. And then at the 89th minute, Clifton West hooks up with Harrison Kafu Roches who finds the near corner to give Police the 3-0 big W.

In other action, Verdes FC doubled B.D.F. 2 to 1 while Paradise Freedom Fighters and Belmopan Bandits battled to a 1 all stalemate. Meanwhile week 3 gets played Wednesday night, march 19th when Belmopan will host Police United. FC Belize travels to the Earl Ramos to face the B.D.F. and at the Norman Broaster Stadium; San Ignacio United will battle Verdes FC. On Saturday, Week 4 finds Police hosting Verdes at 7:30 p.m. while on Sunday, San Ignacio will host Paradise Freedom Fighters and at the MCC Grounds, FC Belize makes a stand against the Bandits.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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#488567 - 03/25/14 05:48 AM Re: James Adderley’s weekly sports update [Re: Short]
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Sports Monday with James Adderley

Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.

Week 7 brought up the halfway mark in the National Elite Basketball League so we journeyed to Orange Walk Saturday night where the Running Rebels were looking for only its 2nd season win against league leading San Pedro Tigersharks. A foot that looked much like a bridge too far going in. At the half tip off we got out first look at the 6 feet 11 inches Michael Adams brought in by the Tigersharks as he jumped against the OW big man Javier Guiterrez. The 1st bucket of the ballgame comes from Tyrone Baptist with this nice penetration to bank it off the backboard for two, unfortunately it would be his only points of the Tigersharks. Another player who started off bright is veteran, Rico Black who hit the first triple of the match but could not duplicate it again and would finish with only 4 points. In the meantime folks Winston Pratt helped spark as San Pedro run by marching through the OW defense to go left for 2 points and would put up a subpar 15 points tonight. Now watch Tyrone Baptist come up with a pin point pass to the indefatigable Randy Usher and despite heavy contact from Winston Pratt comes up with the bucket and would come up with 3 points the old fashioned way. At half the Running Rebels are down 18 to 17. In need of points San Pedro turns to Jamal Kelly who banks it off the glass for two of his 16 points in the 2nd quarter.

On this trip down court Kelly wants 3; Kelly gets 3 and tallies 7 points in the quarter. Nevertheless the little man who leads the league in scoring continues to slice up the San Pedro defense and sinks this difficult 2 to get OW within 2 with some 4 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. John Diaz then threads the needle to Ian Carcamo who sinks 2 of his 6 points and at the half OW Running Rebels lead 34 to 25. Half way through the 3rd quarter Omar Tesecum picks up this loose ball and goes under the arms of Michael Adams score 2 of his 12 game points and keep the 7 point lead for OW. It’s more OW when Usher hooks up Tesecum who eludes Tyrone Edwards for 2. However here comes the Tigersharks. Tyronne Edwards wants 3 gets none but Michael Adams picks up the loose ball to power this slam for 2 points and rebounds 3 points the hard way. Off this missed shot by Marcel Orosco, Michael Adams strongs the rebound to mask it home for 2 more points and would finish with the team high points and the game high of 18 rebounds. Adams then hooks up with Darwin Leslie who raises up for 3 big points and would finish with 12 game points.

Its Tyronne Edwards again with the missed three and Michael Adams with the put back as the Tigersharks take a 4 point lead. Edwards fakes the 3 on the press and then deals to Jamal Kelly fresh off the back and he hits noting but cotton for 3 to extend the lead. Kelly then caps a San Pedro 16 – 2 run in the 3rd quarter with this pretty baseline. As the Tigersharks take a 9 point lead into the 4th quarter. The Rebels are looking to stage a contact when Winston Pratt misses this put up; Keith Dust then picks up the rebounds to earn 2 points. Randy Usher won’t quit and keeps his team within striking distance as he successfully goes to the left hand. However this penetration and finish by Winston Pratt snuffs out the fire. As the San Pedro Tigersharks go on to post the 73 – 60 big W to remain atop the standings at the halfway point. In other results from week 7; Cayo Western Ballaz kept pace with San Pedro by beating Belmopan Bandits 58 to 46, Belize City No Limit handled the Dangriga Culture Warriors in a 66 to 53 final score and down south it was payback time as the Toledo Diplomats cooled off the Corozal Heats 88 to 86 in overtime play. Looking to week 8 Orange Walk Running Rebels will host Belize City Smart No Limit, Corozal Heats will get a visit from San Pedro Tigersharks, Western Ballaz travel to Dangriga Culture Warriors and Toledo Diplomats will be at home against Belmopan Bandits.

In football news we head to the MCC grounds where week 4 play saw FC Belize taking aim at the Belmopan Bandits yesterday as the PLB Closing Tournament continues to roll. The visitors open up fast as Denmark Casey leads Brandon Peyrefitte with this wonderful pass that is only foiled by the rapidity by which goalkeeper Glenford Chimilio comes off his line after sensing the danger. FC Belize responds with this center from Ryan Simpson off the left side to Crawford who blows what was a really good chance. Jarret Davis then gets this look at goal but the left foot strike in right at the goal. It’s a moment fraught with danger when Elroy Kuylen launches this low cruise missile that sees the FC goalkeeper come up with a big time save. Meanwhile folks Glenford Chimilio tries twice on this routine clearance – 1st he gift the ball to the lurking Brandon Peyrefitte and then misfires on his 2nd attempt to clear, striking down Peyrefitte for which the referee rightly rules penalty. The veteran Bernardez gets the call and finds the far corner to give Belmopan Bandits a 1 – zip lead 35 minutes in. FC Belize immediately looks for the tie when Raymond Reid successfully battles for possession to set up Lincoln Wilshire whose potent shot is repeated by goalkeeper Woodrow West. Just before the half expires Brandon Peyrefitte fires this shot at goal that veers outside the goal at the last second. So we go to the 2nd half as Elroy Kuylen targets Bernardez with this push across the goal mouth but Bernardez finds himself a step behind. Hey folks this is as ugly as it gets in football – David Madrid and Ryan Simpson are battling for possession when Simpson unleashes this high kick nowhere near the ball and gets away by only receiving a yellow card for a very dangerous play. Madrid was taken immediately to the hospital. In the meantime this wonderful teamwork when Elroy Kuylen deals to Bernardez who unselfishly sets up Jerome James and he pushes it into the near corner at the 89th minute to secure the 2 – zip big W for Belmopan Bandits. In other results for week 4, Police United handcuffed Verdes F.C. 1 – zip and Paradise Freedom Fighter and San Ignacio United settled for a scoreless draw. On Wednesday night week 3 play saw Belmopan Bandits and Police draw nil – nil, B.D.F. doubled FC Belize 4 – 2 and Verdes footed San Ignacio 2 – nothing.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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#488860 - 04/01/14 06:03 AM Re: James Adderley’s weekly sports update [Re: Short]
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The 2014 Junior Cross Country Cycling Race

Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. Let’s start with the action in the National Elite Basketball League which took a crucial ballgame to the Y Not Island at Dangriga Saturday night where the Culture Warriors were see bug to exact sweet  revenge on the Cayo Western Ballaz to kick off the 2nd round of the competition. The home team comes out smoking as Trevaughn Usher opens the scoreboard with this long triple. The visitors respond in kind immediately when Ivan Flowers deals to Shannon Guzman who drains the 3 pointers from the left side. At the other end Gary Francisco gets this perfect pass to Trevaughn Usher who goes to the reverse and then Usher comes back to land this triple as Dangriga goes up by 7. But by the end of the 1st quarter the Ballaz had cut the deficit to 2 points. We go to the 2nd quarter and we must give Travis Lennan some props for this wicked bucket in heavy traffic for Cayo and he would earn 3 the hard way. Richard Troyer then penetrates the baseline to execute the reverse for 2 as Cayo takes the 3 point lead. Down by 2 Travaughn Usher tries to bring some excitement and is fortunate to be rescued by Shai Peters who would put up 7 points. And at the half the Warriors cling to a 1 point lead. In the meantime nuff respect to the Dangriga halftime show and now you know why they call it the Culture Capital of the nation. In the early 3rd the Warriors jump to a 5 point lead when point guard Gary Francisco goes to the bank for 2 and then tide terms. Off this missed three point attempt by Shannon Guzman, Kurt Burgess gets the rebound gets the bounce I heavy traffic and would pick up 3 points the hard way Burgess would finish with 11 points, 14 rebounds. To make matters worse Richard Troyer gets hot as he sinks this triple from the right side. Troyer then comes back and sinks another triple as Cayo goes up by 7. Make it 3 in a row for Troyer as Cayo Western Ballaz begin the separation process in style. Folks he still wasn’t finished as he foes to his favorite spot tonight and the three is automatic. Travaughn tries to keep his team going with this bucket but he would score the game high of 20 points in a losing effort. Want to see another Troyer three well here it is – the forward would finish with a team high of 17 points and 9 rebounds. And at the end of the 3rd quarter Cayo leads 45 to 36. In the 4th Gary Francisco tries to put the Warriors on his back as he sinks this deuce but it was not to be. Francisco the shortest player for Dangriga would lead his team with 9 rebounds, put up 12 points and record 4 steals. When Troyer gets rejected by Macario Augustine Farron Lauriano goes for the put back but is fouled by Augustine. Lauriano would split the pair at the clarity stripe and would only put up 6 points tonight but would lead all players with 16 rebounds. On this pass Troyer turns provider for unattended Ivan Flowers who gets 2 of his 7 points and would dish out 6 assists. Cayo Western Ballaz go on to post the 61 to 48 big W which they out rebounded Dangriga 52 to 34 although the Warriors scored 12 more points than Cayo in the point. In other results from around the league, Belize City Smart No Limit survived a scare against Orange Walk Running Rebels in a 76 – 75 final score. San Pedro Tigersharks easily handled Corozal Heat 86 – 68 and the Belmopan Bandits beat the Toledo Diplomats 86 to 41. Looking to weak 9 Dangriga travels to Belmopan Thursday night. On Friday Corozal Heats come to Belize City No Limit and on Saturday Toledo Diplomats sail to the San Pedro Tigersharks.

Turning to the Football scene FC Belize hosted Paradise Freedom Fighters at the MCC Grounds looking to pick up 2 in a row after Wednesday’s 1 – zip W over Verdes FC. Despite the Fast start by FC Belize it was the visitor who almost opened the scoreboard when Kenroy Arthurs launched this set piece to Lisbey Castillo whose header wasn’t too far off. FC Belize should have gotten something when Steven Baizar reaches Devaun Zuniga with this pass but Zuniga is easily denied by the PG keeper. Meanwhile both teams are found guilty of squandering when Alexander Peters sets up Lisbey Castillo who slices the ball away from the goal. At the other end Devaun Zuniga fires this shot out goal that forces Frank Lopez come up with a bug time stop. And on this follow-up press its only good defensive work that denies FC Belize the opening goal. Today we can only conclude that FC Belize is gun shy. Jarret Davis fires this set piece at gial. Dimitri Fabro gets the chance to finish the play but blows it. In the meantime Darrell Lambey means business when he fires this on the run shot at goal only to see goalkeeper Rawley come up with the save. Again it’s Paradise Freedom Fighters on the attack with Alexander Peters fires this right foot shot inches outside the sticks. For FC Belize Dimitri Fabro gets the good look at goal but that right foot launch was never going to beat PG goalkeeper. FC Belize then uses this spot kick from Jarret Davis to open the scoreboard and despite 2 more tries come away empty. Let’s put it like this neither team did enough to deserve the victory as it ends in a scoreless draw. In other action over the weekend Police United continues to roll crushing B.D.F. 4 to 1 while San Ignacio United and the Belmopan Bandits battled to a 1 – 1draw.

Finally folks the 15th Annual Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic ran yesterday for 70 miles from the Succotz Ferry to Leslies Imports just outside Belize City featuring 20 riders. And they’re off. This 54 man pack breaks away immediately into the ride that includes Devin Azueta who took the 1st 2 station prizes, Delon Gentle who swept the next 4, Keion Robateau who showed up in front of Anthony’s Store, Tarique Flowers and Zamir Guerra. At Ontario village the lead 5 remains intact as they continue to speed away from the peloton. Tarique Flowers takes the station prize at Garbutt’s Prime Service Station in Roaring Creek as the 5 begin to fragment somewhat. Delon Gentle steps out to grab the premie at St. Matthews Bridge on his way to winning 9 out of 22 station prizes being offered. At mile 35 the lead 5 begin to gear up for the final push to the finish line. We find the lead reduced to 4 when the race passes Hattieville with the youth rider Devin Azueta having succumbed to the horrid pace. Around mile 13 some 6 riders had executed the cross over to the leas pack now featuring Delon Gentle, Zahir Figueroa, Delawn Abraham, Phillip Mencia, Keion Robateau, Zamir Guerra, Tarique Flowers which didn’t last too long. However at mile 8, Keion Robateau launches a solo flight and no one is able to respond. Robateau remains to solitary leader at the Police checkpoint around mile 4 1/2. And indeed at the finish line Keion Robateau of BECOL Uprising Cycling Team has won it all unchallenged in 3 hours, 41 minutes, 27 seconds and we say big time congratulations. Now here’s the 6 man sprint for 2nd place 4 minutes, 33 seconds later. Deon Gentle also of BECOL steps up in gear to take the runner-up spot, Zamir Guerra of Cayo High Road who head the record time of 3:34:38 settles for 3rd, Phillip Mencias of Mando’s Cycling finishes 4th, Tarique Flowers of Benny’s Megabytes Junior takes 5th. Delawn Abraham 6th, Zahir Figueroa 7th and we’ll stop at 8th because Devin Azueta who finished with the big boys also won the Youth Class sweeping all 13 station prizes in this category along with 2 in the Junior Class. He is one to watch.

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#489195 - 04/08/14 06:15 AM Re: James Adderley’s weekly sports update [Re: Short]
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The latest stats on basketball, football, cycling and billiards

Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. We take you immediately top the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Capital City where the Belmopan Bandits played host Verdes FC in PLB football which is rapidly streaking into money time as we enter week 1 of the 2nd round under the 2 round format. Verdes FC looks to get the scoreboard going early when Richard Jimenez sprints out of traffic to fire this bomb easily directed at by Bandits keeper Woodrow Wilson West. Five minutes later Elroy Kuylen launches this set piece that sinks just a tad too late to impress the scoreboard. At the other end Orlando Jimenez gets his chance to flex his muscles off this set piece and this left foot low cruise screamer forces Woodrow West into an extremely difficult save. In the aftermath Eduardo Gongora streaks in for a 2nd chance, his left kick inadvertently collide with West’s right elbow, for which the keeper take offense – It looks like a face for all is about to explode – both players then head to Hollywood for acting classes. In the end the referee issues a yellow card to the Verdes player while Bandits keeper is chased off the field by a red card. There’s a howl of protest but Woodrow Wilson West eventually must leave the combat zone. With Orlando Jimenez Galdamez replacing West, the Bandits looks to defend this set piece launched by Verdes Captain Rodney Pacheco but the defensive clearance creates more problems for the new Bandits keeper who is extremely lucky not to concede a goal on his first touch. Meanwhile Humberto Requena should have done better against Galdamez on this good look but somehow botches the strike to make the keeper look good. Nevertheless the danger is not over because this good corner kick from Richard Jimenez finds this defensive header reaches Humberto Requena who reverses the play to #7 Najib Guerra who demonstrates high quality technique to volley this ball with power for the Verdes 1 – zip lead 37 minutes in. The response from Belmopan is immediate and effective. Dennis Serano finds Jamil Cano with this throw in – he pats it back to Elroy Kuylen and the national team player pounces on it with the left foot – Benibo Morriera doesn’t have a chance as we have a tied ballgame 40 minutes in. Just before the break Ever Trapp finds Eduardo Gongora with this probing center, the keeper punches it out to Richard Jimenez and his left foot shot tangles inside the net but the referee rules Galdamez was fouled by Gongora and the replay bears that out. We’re in 2nd half play when Galdamez proves he is a lucky keeper he beats Richard Jimenez to the ball and recovers off the round to reject Isman Espinosa’s push at goal to deny Verdes the 2 – 1 lead on a play he didn’t know much about. Talk about the art of living dangerously Galdamez fumbles this routine play but Richard Jimenez simply cannot capitalize. Folks this might have been the most entertaining football match in the PLB closing season but here’s the decisive play of the match. Marlon Mega’s center is headed out to Jamil Cano and his fuller volley push beats the diving Galdamez as this 84th minute goal gives Verdes FC the 2 -1 big W. In other action around the league in week 8th the B.D.F. marched over Paradise Freedom Fighters 2 – zip while FC Belize and San Ignacio battled to a 2 all draw. Here’s going into week 9 in a 12 match schedule Police leads with 16 points, Verdes is next with 13, the Bandits shows 10, B.D.F. 9, Paradise 6, FC Belize 6 and San Ignacio 4. In the meantime week 9 begins Wednesday at Belmopan where the Bandits will host Paradise. This is to accommodate the international friendly at the Isidoro Beaton as Belmopan Bandits take on the Houston Hurricane’s of Houston Texas USA. On Saturday at 7:30 p/m/ B.D.F. plays host to Verdes FC at the Carl Ramos and on Sunday Police United visits FC Belize 4 p.m. at the MCC Grounds.

In basketball news week 9 in the NEBL saw the Dangriga Warriors fall to its 5th defeat in a 66 -54 finish against the Belmopan Bandits at Capital City Thursday night.  Swing man Stephen Williams did most of the damage with a 21 point game high performance against the visitors while Jamir Enriquez helped the team look respectable in the 12 point defeat with the team high of 13 points.

In other basketball news the third annual Hattieville Street Basketball Season gets underway on Sunday April 20th with 6 Elite Teams participatory. It kicks off with a marathon featuring all competition. To get in contact Mr. Garbutt at telephone number 669-4330 or Ras Stem at 661-8685.  In week

In week 10, Friday finds the Orange Walk Running Rebels hosting Belmopan Point Bandits and on Saturday Dangriga Culture Warriors travels to Toledo Diplomats, Belize City No Limit sails to San Pedro Tigersharks and Cayo Western Ballaz will host Corozal Heats.

Turning to the cycling scene, the Cycling Federation of Belize presented the 115 mile Pre-Cross Country Race yesterday that ran from Leslie’s Import to Mount Hope and back featuring some 50 starters. At mile 10 Allen Castillo of Benny’s Megabytes beats Brandon Cattouse for the premie. At the turn around point on top of Mount Hope another Megabyte rider Byron Pope has stepped out to take the station prize. Pope would go on a solo flight to claim the prize at Old Man Hill Mile 51. Behind him the pelathon is dead set on the close and inside the group is a bunch of serious contenders. Around mile 43 this trio led executed the perfect breakaway, Henry Moreria of Predators Belize, Byron Pope and Marlon Castillo of BT: Cycling and would never be caught again. After demonstrating the St. Matthews Bridge the trio boasted 1 minute, 30 seconds lead over the chase bunch and then expanded it to 2 minutes 20 seconds. And here’s the hungry chase pack attempting to reel them in at the Mahogany Heights juncture. The trio did maintain the on the road alliance, Henry Moreria takes the final premie at mile 8 and by now it is a foregone conclusion that the winner would emerge out of this lead trio. However around mile 4 Moreria begins to show signs of struggling to keep up with Pope and Castillo but he does it somehow. So at the tape we have a magnificent 2 man sprint as Moreria seems to be out of gas. Castillo challenges Pope but its Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes who wins in 5 hours, 10minutes, 4 seconds, Marlon Castillo of B.T.L. Cycling finishes 2nd while Henry Moreria of Predators Belize rolls in for 3rd place in uncontested fashion with a time of 5 hours, 10 minutes, 13 seconds. 50 seconds later we have an eight man sprint for 4th place Brandon Cattouse challenges Gregory Lovell of B.T.L. Cycling hold him off while the C-Ray Road Runners ride wounds out the top 5.

Finally in Billiards news the Ben Bounahra 9 ball Tournament present its 2nd annual event this weekend of April 12th and 13th, at Mike’s Club in Belmopan featuring teams from all across the country. Elements of Belize City goes n as defending Champions.

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An update on weekend sporting activities

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. We take you out immediately to scenic San Pedro for Saturday night’s big time shootout between San Pedro Tigersharks and Belize City Smart No Limit as the NEBL rolled into week 10 of 14 week regular season. Tonight, No Limit comes out to a smoking start; Greg Rudon dishes to Brandon Rogers who moves Michael Adams out of the way to open the scoreboard. Of course in front of the home crowd the Tigersharks are not about to be upstaged so the response was immediate when Tyrone Edwards deals to Darwin Leslie who goes glass for 2. Ashton Edwards then gets hot and sinks the triple to give the home team a 4point lead. Ashton would put up a double digit 16 points tonight. Brandon Rogers remains hot for No Limit and here he slips under the outstretched arms of Winston Pratt to score 2 of his 15 game points.

At the end of the 1st, the home team leads the visitors 24 to 18. When the action resumes, Greg Rudon picks up this missed shot from Kevin Domingo and makes the put back count. In the meantime, when Winston Pratt captures this loose ball, nobody on No Limit could stop his forward motion; not even this grab by Kevin Lorenzo as he hits the bucket and would score three the hard way. Pratt who is second in scoring would finish with 20 points. Folks just before the half expires, watch this crash between Pratt and Rudon—Pratt would smash his forehead into the floor but would continue with a bandage over the right eye. At the half, the Islanders boast a 40 to 33 lead over the city dwellers. So we go to the 3rd quarter. Brandon Rogers deals to Rudon and the No Limit Captain sinks the triple and he would lead all scorers with the game high of 29 points. And here he is on the very next press to land consecutive threes.

In the meantime, this 3pt bucket from Kevin Lorenzo cuts the No Limit deficit to 1. At the end of the 3, it’s No Limit with a 1pt lead. Winston Pratt became a man possessed in the 4th and put the Tigersharks on his back as he ploughs through No Limit for 2. He then gets this throw in from Darwin Leslie to slam home 2 more. However, it’s this incredible shot by Greg Rudon that gives No Limit a 4 point lead with some 4 minutes into the 4th quarter. But here comes Darwin Leslie who picks up this loose ball and goes glass for 2 of his team high 28 pts. In crunch time, Leslie comes up with 2 free throws that extends the San Pedro lead to 4. No Limit then presses all out for points, but back to back blocks from 6 feet 11 inches Michael Adams swatted away their dreams of the W as San Pedro Tigersharks wins 84 to 81.

We will say this folks, it was the best game of the season and while we never criticize the referees, we must admit they didn’t do a very good job Saturday night.

In other action around the NEBL; in week 10, Belmopan Bandits ran over OW’s Running Rebels 95 to 77. Dangriga Warriors torched the Toledo Diplomats in an 81 to 53 final score and Cayo Western Ballaz crushed Corozal 80 to 65. The NEBL will pause for the Easter Holidays and resume on the 26th April with 4 big ballgames.

Turning to the cricket scene, play in the Harrison Parks National Cricket Competition saw the back to back national champ, Excellence of Double Head wallop Easy Does It of Lemonal 201 runs to 123 on an MVP performance from Kenroy Roca, who scored 74 runs and also struck for 3 wickets. Excellence now leads zone 1 with a 6 and 1 record while Easy Does It falls to 5 and 2.

On the Billiard scene, Element of Belize City beat Toledo United of Punta Gorda to repeat as champion in the 2nd annual Ben Bounahra Tournament staged at Mike’s Cue Lounge over the weekend. Larry Lisbey who remained undefeated for the duration of the tournament emerged with MVP honors and we say congratulations.

In football news, the PLB Belikin Cup Closing Season found a struggling FC Belize hosting undefeated Police United at the MCC Grounds yesterday. It’s the Police on the attack early when Danny Jimenez finds Clifton West who should have done better with this good look at goal. At the other end, Jarret Davis demonstrates just how lethal his left foot is when he fires this screamer at Keith Allen who needs 2 attempts to keep the ball out of his goal. Devaughan Zuniga then gets out of traffic to fire this grounder that crashes into the side netting as FC continues to probe. That persistence pays off at the 35th minute when Jarret Davis floats this set piece to the left side; it’s kept alive to Michael Whittaker whose on the run left foot swing finds the back of the net to give FC the 1-zip lead. The Police tries to respond off this corner kick, but goalkeeper Rawley remains sharp today. We’re into 2nd half when Andres Makin powers this right foot at goal, but Rawley is there to save FC Belize. the Police continue to hunt when Amin August Junior fires this grounder at goal only to see the ball rush past the wrong side of the far upright. Now let’s take a walk on the seamy side as Glen Martinez takes a bite out of this FC defender with studs blazing. Rightfully, he is run off the field by the referee with a red card. When Byron Usher picks up this loose ball he fires a bullet at goal but it right at Rawley who fails to contain the ball which reaches Clifton West whose right foot swings inches outside the target. The numerical balance is restored when Jarret Davis is chased by a 2nd yellow card for an offense off the ball, but FC Belize nevertheless goes on to post the 1-zip big W to hand Police United its 1st loss of the season. In other results, Belmopan bandits beat Paradise Freedom Fighters 1-zip Friday night and on Saturday, the B.D.F. and Verdes rallied to a scoreless stalemate.

We also want to congratulate the Belmopan bandits for its 4-2 win in Sunday’s International friendly against the Houston Hurricanes of the United States. We say good show. Looking to week 10 in the Belikin Cup, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Police United will look to rebound against the Belmopan Bandits at the Beaton; at 8:30 p.m. at the MCC, FC Belize plays host to the B.D.F. and at the Marshalleck, Verdes FC gets a visit from San Ignacio. On Saturday, 3 matches begin at 7:30 p.m.  Belmopan Bandits will host FC Belize, Police United travels to Verdes and Paradise Freedom Fighters will be at home against San Ignacio United. The standings currently looks like this: Police continues to lead with 16 pts, Verdes FC has 14, the Bandits 13, B.D.F. 10, FC Belize 9, Paradise Freedom Fighters 6 and San Ignacio 4.

The 2014 Weekend Warriors Cross Country Cycle Classic travelled from Loma Luz Hospital to the Smart office on the Philip Goldson Highway yesterday for the 65 mile race. Barny Brown of Scotia Bank out sprinted the lead pack of 6 to take top honors. Coleman Williams of Smart pulled up 2nd, James Frampton of Santino’s finished 3rd, Big Mike Lewis also of santino’s 4th, kent Gabourel of Bennys 5th while Preston Martinez of Smart rounds out the top 6.


Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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Sports Monday highlights the 2014 Cross Country Cycling Classic

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and here’s the sporting news.

The 86th running of the Annual Cross Country resigned supreme on Holy Saturday as expected from the biggest one-day sporting spectacle in this beautiful Jewel of ours. A total of 105 riders participated of which 21 were foreigners; about 20% of the field. Among the teams incorporating foreign athletes were Benny’s Megabytes with 2, BelCal with 4 while Western Spirit Smart and Predators all had 2 each. Each of the 5 teams paid $2,500 for this privilege to the Dion Leslie led Cycling Federation of Belize. Escaping the fee were DEpredadores of Chetumal Mexico, Hencappi Lampierre which featured 2-time Champion, Chris Harkey, who benefitted from an official invitation. So did individual riders Raynell Sanchez, Cuban American and Mexican Manuel Yappur and Jamaican American, Anthony Taylor, who participates every year or at least most of the time. This adds up to 21 in start contrast to 14 who participated last year when Darnell Barrow edged out Juan Pablo Magallames for the garland and eight in 2012 when Giovanni Choto made that amazing solo flight to return the championship to Belize. And their off now in front of B.T.L. Park in a roll out that would see the race begin in earnest on the George Price Highway. At Hattieville, we catch a glimpse of the riders chasing Giovanni Choto who had eluded our cameras. Alejandro Padilla of Smart leads the chase, Allen Castillo of Benny’s is next, Phillip Leslie of Predators follows; Mark Staine of Megabytes and Gregg Lovell of B.T.L. is next and Ron Vasquez of Western Spirit. Of course, the lead is negligible as we pan the main pelathon stretched along the road; each rider looking for a vantage point from which to launch the attack that would devastate the competition while reeling in the 2012 champion.

Unfortunately folks, this is where our coverage ends until the finish. You see folks, after covering the Cross Country religiously from 1991, Channel 5 was banned by the Cycling Federation of Belize from every live coverage on the 2014 edition. In fact, for me it’s simply stunning that after covering every cross country since 1991 and every major and sometimes minor races during the year by this august body that we could be treated in such a fashion. A vote Friday night by the cycling executive had led to our demise. It’s an ugly decision reached by Dion Leslie’s executive as it literally destroys the harmonious relationship we thought we enjoyed with the Cycling Federation of Belize. For a moment back there, it reeked of extortion after; all in 2012, Channel 5gave them $5000 and in 2012 the overall 2nd prize and previous to that, cash prizes were made available and indeed valuable footage and extensive local programming were made just for this cycling event.

Nevertheless, disappointment aside, let’s head to the finish line and it’s Juan Magallames, a Mexican riding for Benny’s Megabytes crossing the line uncontested in 5 hrs 45 mins 3 seconds giving Benny’s Megabytes its first cross country win and we say congratulations. Megallames finished 2nd to Darnell Barrow last year so we must give him respect. Alejandro Padilla of Smart then pulled up 2nd, Florencio Ramos Torres of Predators took home 3rd place. Hector  Rangel who had gobbled up most of the prizes after mile 25 on the way in placed 4th by edging out American David Santos of Bel-Cal who rounds out the top 5. In the next sprint, Julio Mendez of Smart rode in 6th, forcing Scottie Weiss of Hincappi into 7th. Meanwhile, Marlon Castillo of B.T.L. became the 1st Belizean to cross the finish line at 8th. He was then followed by his teammates Giovanni Leslie and Gregg Lovell, two brothers who round out the top at 9th and 10th respectively. It must be noted that Telemedia was the only local team with riders in the top 10 which should give the other teams a lot to think about. For certain folks, the local teams were definitely overwhelmed by the large numbers of foreign talent in Saturday’s hunt for the garland. In the meantime, we hope time will heal all wounds from the 2014 Cross Country.

Turning to the football scene, mid-week play in the PLB closing season saw San Ignacio Edge Paradise Freedom Fighter 4-3; Belmopan Bandits blew out FC Belize 4-1 and Police United burned Verdes FC 1-zip. Over the weekend, police continued to roll doubling Belmopan Bandits 2-1 and the B.D.F. edge FC Belize 1-nil while Verdes FS and San Ignacio settled for a 1-1 tie. Looking to Wednesday night, police take on Paradise Freedom Fighters 7:30 p.m. in Toledo; San Ignacio United will host B.D.F. at 8:30 p.m. inside the Norman Broaster Stadium and on Thursday, FC Belize will be inside the MCC Grounds against Verdes. Week 13 comes up on the weekend…Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Belmopan Bandits will host San Ignacio and the Police visits Karl Ramos to face the B.D.F. while on Sunday, FC Belize goes to the Toledo Union Field to face Paradise Freedom Fighters at 3:30 p.m.

In basketball news, the NEBL returns to action this weekend. On Thursday, the Belmopan bandits face Corozal Heats at the UB Gym in a 9:00 p.m. start. While on Friday, Dangriga Warriors play host to the OW Running Rebels. On Saturday, at the Big Bird’s Isle, Belize Smart No Limit gets a visit from the Toledo Diplomats and in the biggie of the weekend, Cayo Western Ballaz will host the San Pedro Tigersharks in a battle royal for the league.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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