Sports Monday with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.
The national senior male football team continued its preparatory work for the 3rd round World Cup Qualifying series with Canada by making another foray north to tackle the OW Selection yesterday inside the Louisiana Football Field. Andres Makin gets the fireworks going when he crushes this looseball that inches outside the far corner of the OW goal. When Everal Trapp finds Deon McCauley inside the danger zone, the super striker beats one, beats two, but then gets stripped by the double team could have been playing down to the completion. The press continues when Andres Makin picks out Jarret Davis—Davis deals to Gabriel Perez whose right away launch is mishandled by the OW keeper. So McCauley pounces; Andrew Allen makes him pay…McCauley nevertheless scores the opener and would continue.
A few minutes later, Jarret Davis gets this chance to double the lead, but is denied by the keeper. Talk about perfection—the service from Everal Trapp is perfect—the right foot volley from Deon McCauley is perfect. Okay the net is not able to contain the force, but it counts anyway as the national team takes a 2-zip lead into intermission. In the opening minutes of the 2nd half, it’s more McCauley. The set up man is Denmark Casey who dances through traffic to pick out McCauley and this poison slices gives him the triple as the A-team leads 3-zip. Complacency is always the enemy guys. Question is where is the defense that allows receiving this ball uncontested to heed it past Glenford Chimilio for to put OW on the scoreboard.
Team Belize immediately regains the 3-zip lead when Jordi Polanco mounts this individual effort that he finishes with a nice right push into the far corner as the national team goes up 4-1. Folks we will say our team has a chance to get past Canada in the away game on September 4th. The Canadian team is better trained, better financed and features a number of high paid professionals. However, their showing on the international scene has been somewhat dismal and at this point they do look vulnerable. Belize must bring out its best game and they must be able to overcome the inevitable double and triple team that will seek to shut down Deon McCauley. Thirdly, the forwards who will benefit off this defensive scheme must come up with goals. It won’t be as easy as that, but it can be done. Win, lose or draw, I’m a Belizean and I know you are too. Go deh Jaguars.
In other football news, the national U-23 selection put a 3-zip hurt on the Orange Walk selection yesterday.
Turning to the basketball scene, we caught up with Saturday’s Interoffice show down between Digicell and BWS Pressure at Bird’s Isle. Lennox Cayetano gets Digicell going in the opening quarter as he battles down low to go glass for 2 of his ten game points. Cayetano posted the only 2 doubles with an impressive 19 boards. Raheem Staine spots up for the triple and lands it. raheem would strike for the game high of 20 pts, but was stymied by 12 turnovers. At the end of the 1st, Digicell leads 13 to 7. Folks, Digicell would never look back. Lupito Acosta top of the key swishes nothing, but cords and would put up 12 pts. Ashley Hemsley played big for BWS Pressure hitting the finger role for 2 of his 9 pts to go along with 8 boards. In heavy traffic, Akeem Trapp gets the putback to fall. His team high 13 pts would give a measure of respect to BWS Pressure as Digicell posts the 53 – 41 big win.
In other scores Saturday night, Heritage bank ran away from Infotel in the 4th to post the 70 to 57 victory and Belikin bombed Generals in a 57 to 35 final score.
We also caught up with the Puppy Leslie U-18 Basketball Championship at Bird’s Isle as Hoop Dreams and Light and peace fought for the 2015 title. It’s Kevan Evans of Hoops Dreams with the putback for 2 of his 11 game pts—the team high. Jordan Usher then changes pace to land this bucket for 2 of his 9 pts. However, here comes Light and Peace Shaquan Valerio who sticks with this play to stick the putback and would record a 2 doubles of 16 pts 15 rebounds. Holdane Swazo lands this 3 and would strike for the game high 13 pts. In the meantime, this dunk is legit as Kevan Evans raises up to slam the putback home. Down the road folks, it was just too much Light and Peace. Holdane Swazo comes up with this acrobatic shot as Light and Peace begin to pull away.
Down low, Valerio deals to Godfrey Arnold who goes glass and would tally a 2 doubles of 12 pts 10 rebounds. Arnold comes back and gets the easy 2. Light and Peace grabs the title in a 58 to 49 final score and we say congratulations. At the U-14 level, Belize bank Bulldogs grabbed the championship with a 62 to 59 decision over Light and peace. In the meantime, we say congratulations to Godfrey Arnold who emerged with MVP honors at the U-18 level. And we leave you with the image of the victorious U-18 champions, Light and Peace, with competition presenter, Darwin Puppy Leslie in the middle. Good Show guys.
Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.