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#502071 - 03/11/15 06:21 AM Re: James Adderley’s weekly sports update [Re: Short]
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Sports: Cobb’s Arms Win La Ruta Maya

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

The 2015 La Ruta Maya took center stage in the Jewel over the Baron Bliss weekend and here we are at the start of the 4th and final stage of this canoe race that has captured the imagination of the Belizean nation. With some 50 vessels afloat on the calm of the Belize or Old River at Henderson Bank in Burrell Boom, the starting signal brings an outburst of unrestrained energy as the competition comes to life. Despite the flurry of activity today’s beginning is perfect with marry a spill or an accidental occurrence set to the picturesque setting of colors and motion. Of course by the time the race reaches the Boom Bridge, the colors and starts at replaced by earnest and arduous competition. At Lord’s Bank, OCEANA Wavemakers display their intention to make it 2 stage wins in a row with the overall victory mathematically; almost inaccessibly grabbing the 2nd premie en route to Belize City. Behind them, the 2 real challengers for the 2015 title B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm and NICH continue to bitter struggle for supremacy as NICH boasts only a 2 second lead over the Corozal based team that has displayed a tremendous improvement in a year’s time.

The Belize bank Bulldogs in 2015 has become a mere shadow of its former self. A team that had already secured 10 wins now shows real sign of struggle. Indeed there’s no place for complacency at the top. While Wateva Boys with a man down is destined to fall even lower on the totem pole of the big time player. The turn at Haulover Creek displayed the determination of B.T.L.’s Cobb’s Arm as they survive the challenge from Wavemakers. NICH, some 50 seconds behind are now cognizant of the hard fact that in this last stage, Cobb’s Arm and Wavemakers are churning the waters at a higher level. Lo and behold, at the finish line, it’s OCEANA Wavemakers launching a desperate chase on B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm that has been buoyed by the smell of victory. And they do prevail to take the win in 2015 and relegating Wavemakers to 2nd place in the stage win. Some 3 minutes later, a fatigued NICH rolls in for 3rd in the stage win and their position in the overall standings subject to the official time keeper. They would be pronounced to have officially finished 2nd while the OCB Wavemakers is officially 3rd overall. For the Belize bank Bulldogs, it was unthinkable to lose this sprint to the tape so they burn Westrac Stingers. We say congratulations to Western Home Supplies as they roll in to capture the Intramural Division. Watt a Thing is master in the Master’s Class and that’s big especially after edging out Grumpy Old Men. Print Belize winds the Pleasure Craft Division. Big respect to Koop Sheet Metal who fought off a tough Belize Bank Bulldogs Female Team to grab top honors. Hey folks, we will have the full details in our 1 hour special including time and stations. You won’t want to miss it so stay tuned.

In basketball news, Week 4 in the NEBL found the Belize Hurricanes hosting the Toledo Diplomats looking for its first win of the season inside the Belize Elementary Gym Saturday night. Very early in the ballgame, Leon Williams establishes his dominance in the paint, displaying strength and commitment as he opens the scoreboard for the Hurricanes. At the other end, Jeovanni Arzi swishes from the right side in response and would give the Diplomats a needed 2 doubles of 17 pts 10 rebounds tonight.

Of late, Tariq Middleton has proven that he’s a legit scorer giving Ty Bradley the assist with this nice lay off the glass under pressure. Tariq would lead his team with 19 pts, and would post the highest shooting percentage of the outing with 60% – 9 for 15 ain’t bad. Ty Bradley and Tariq Middleton reverse roles on this play and Bradley shoots for 10 pts tonight. at the end of the 1st quarter, Hurricanes lead 20-15. When Auburn Rivero finds Middleton with this pass, the Huricanes push the lead into double digit. And at the half, they’re up 36 to 25. In the meantime, Leon Williams is having his best performance of the season, providing the screen for Bradley and then rolling off it to bank 2 of his 15 game points; shooting 55% and would lead all players with a massive 17 boards. Down the stretch, the Hurricanes will need more of this kind of performance from Leon Williams. Nevertheless, the high man of the ballgame is Michael Bables of Toledo who lands this triple and would total a tough 27 pts shooting 33% from the field. For the Hurricanes, Winston Pratt is beginning to look like himself streaking for 2 pts here posting 9 pts and 7 rebounds in this outing.

Brian White also rebounds to his more productive play, striking for 18 pts from 55% shooting while recording 5 rebounds. Michael Bables sure displayed his scoring abilities, but the Diplomats would need more scoring from the rest of the team. Jamal Avila will have to make a bigger contribution in that department hitting 3 for 10 from the field and 1 for 4 from 3 point range. At the end of the 3rd, the Hurricanes lead 55 to 48. In the 4th, it’s all Hurricane, Bradley inbounds to Leon Williams who earns 3 the hard way.

Bradley then teams up with Brian White to make it look all easy for the Belize Hurricane who go on to post the 79-62 taking their record to 2 wins 3 losses, while the Toledo Diplomats are yet to get into the win column. Meanwhile, don’t look now, but the Belmopan Taigaz have established themselves as a real contender crushing OW Running Rebels 85 to 72 to now win 4 straight after a rather shaky opening. Out at the caye, San Pedro Tigersharks were severely tested, but they came away with the 87-79 win over Dangriga Warriors. San Pedro is 4 and 1, Dangriga 2 and 3. Of course the Cayo Western Ballaz continue to maintain the only undefeated record in the NEBL surviving a score from Belize City No Limit to post the 64-57 victory. Ballaz are 5 and 0; No Limit 1 and 4.

Looking ahead, the SP Tigersharks will be hosted at Bird’s isle on Friday night at 9 p.m. against Belize City No Limit. The Belize Hurricane takes aim at Belmopan Red Taigaz at the UB Gym at 8 p.m. Saturday. Cayo Western Ballaz travel on Saturday to OW Running Rebels and the Toledo Diplomats head to Ecumenical High for a date with the Dangriga Warriors.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

Channel 5

#502297 - 03/17/15 06:08 AM Re: James Adderley’s weekly sports update [Re: Short]
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Football, Softball and Basketball Updates in Sports

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

Saturday night inside the Isidoro Beaton Stadium saw a crucial matchup as undefeated Belize Defense Force was hosted by the Belmopan Bandits in a ballgame that could well be a preview of the 2 finalist in the 9 team PLB Closing Season. The host team gets 1st bid to open the scoreboard when Elroy Kuylen centers this bouncer that finds Jordy Polanco who strikes with the right foot only to be foiled by Tevin Gamboa. It’s more Bandits when Elroy Kuylen looks for the far corner with this header that inches over the horizontal bar. Ajani Baumer then gets this look with which he finds the side netting. After intermission, Belmopan Bandits continue to dominate the action. Ian Gaynair steps up to the front line and centers; Tevin Gamboa intercepts but cannot hang on to the ball and is eventually fouled by a pressing Denmark Casey Jr.

Now check out this cruel header by Jeremy James off the Dalton Eiley trigger on the set piece, only it’s not lethal enough to get past Tevin Gamboa who comes up with an impressive save. However, when this nice center from Elroy Kuylen finds Jeremy James, his header is so perfect that no goalkeeper in the world could stop this one. The Bandits take the lead at the 70th minute. The B.D.F. finally gets some offensive going off this set piece launch from Vallan Symms. It has the trajectory but not the power to get past a rested Woodrow West. Belmopan look to double the score off. This punch from Khalil Velasquez and this time Gamboa is able to successfully intervene. In the meantime, there’s no doubt that the red card is appropriate for this uncalled for karate foot by Paul Nunez which goes to prove frustration ain’t no fun.

The Bandits go on to post the 1-zip victory handing the B.D.F. it’s first season loss. In other results from Week 7, FC Verdes and the Placencia Tex Mar Assassins rallied to a 1 all stalemate; Police pummeled Wagiya in a 5-1 rout and King’s Energy Freedom Fighters doubled San Ignacio United 4-2. Looking ahead, on Saturday March, 21st, Placencia Tex Mar Assassins will host San Ignacio FC and Police battles FC Belize at Belmopan while on Sunday, Wagiya FC visits Verdes FC and at the Toledo Union, the Freedom Fighters see action against Belmopan Bandits.

In softball news, the National Secondary Schools Softball Tournament kicks off this Friday at Independence with West Champs, Belmopan Comprehensive facing North Champs, Belize Rural High and Central’s Ladyville Technical High goes against the South’s Stann Creek Ecumenical College in female play. On the male side, Belmopan Comprehensive of the West faces Orange Walk Tech and Central’s Nazarene High will battle Independence High School from the South.

Turning to the basketball scene, we caught up with Friday night’s ticket at Bird’s Isle with NO Limit hosting San Pedro Tigersharks and immediately James Milton, the American Import, gets the defending champions going with this turn around jumper. Milton look almost unstoppable in the early going and would strike for 18 pts 17 rebounds. Lennox Bowman is on the money tonight as he streaks in for 2 of his 15 game points and would register a game high 6 assists. At the end of the 1st quarter, No Limit leads 22-17. In the second quarter, Andrew Ortiz rises up in traffic against his former team to slam this ball home for San Pedro. Ortiz really operates on all cylinder tonight and he mashes it down again and would lead the defending champ with 21 points. Brandon Rogers wasn’t about to be intimidated so he bursts through the middle for 2 of his 16 game pts and No Limit leads. 42-38 at the half.

Folks, No Limit is the protagonist in this one getting points from all areas. And this man, Greg Rudon, has a lot to do with it as he streaks in for 2 pts. Ortiz comes up with another double to keep the Tigersharks within reach giving him 21 pts for the outing but at the end of 3, Belize City No Limit is up by 7 pts. In the meantime, Rhetton Belisle reads the San Pedro defense to sink this easy bucket for 2 of his 14 game pts. Half way through the 4th, No Limit is still up by 7. Greg Rudon keeps the pressure on hitting this 3 pointer and he would lead all players with 28 pts. Rudon goes 2 for 4 from beyond the arc and it looks like No Limit would take this one.

The visitors mount a comeback, Jamal Kelly strikes for 3 of his 13 pts at a much needed time. It’s money time now, all NO Limit has to do is to protect this possession. Lupito Acosta turns this ball over to Tyrone Edwards who goes down court to find Andrew Ortiz who needs 2 tries to burn his former team in an 88-87 final score. The No Limit team insists that time had expired so let’s see. We rewind the last seconds…the throw, the steal, the 1st attempt by Ortiz is no good, the 2nd falls with 12 of the 11 seconds remaining. San Pedro Tigersharks survive a real score in an 88 to 87 final score.

In other results from around the league, Dangriga Warriors beat Toledo Diplomats 67 to 5; Cayo Western Ballaz remained undefeated with an 82-66 round off the OW Rebels; Belmopan Red Taigaz handled Belize Hurricanes 88 to 76. Looking ahead, Round 7 finds Dangriga Warriors at Belize Hurricanes and Cayo Western Ballaz will host Belmopan Re Taigaz on Saturday. Toledo Diplomats get a visit from Belize City No Limit and San Pedro Tigersharks will be at home against OW Running Rebels.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

Channel 5

#502601 - 03/24/15 06:03 AM Re: James Adderley’s weekly sports update [Re: Short]
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Basketball, Cycling and Cricket in Sporting Highlights

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

The Sacred Heart Gym in San Ignacio hosted the showdown between undefeated Cayo Western Ballaz and the surging Belmopan Red Taigaz in a ballgame that was certainly to test the mettle of the most dominant team at this time in the season. The home side roar out in the opening minutes with good team work as Akeem Walters hooks up with Kurt Burgess who lays it in for 2 and records an impressive 11 pts and a massive 14 pts in this ballgame. However, the visitors are not about to surrender anything. Eskridge Terrell lights up the scoreboard with this triple and would tie for the game high with 19 pts. At the end of the 1st quarter, it’s a close ballgame with the Ballaz holding on to a 3 pt lead.

Roger Troyer would assume the scoring responsibility for his team and their go to man for points would not disappoint, striking for a team high 17 pts plus getting a double digit 10 rebounds. If you like the spin move, Akeem Walters provides a clinical display for 2 of his 9 game points. In the meantime, last year’s MVP, Farron Louriano, was intent to teach his former team a lesson. The turnaround one hander crashes through the net as Capital City mounts a charge. Hanging around the net, Louriano picks up a rebound and 2 pts with the put back of the missed shot from Travis Lennon and would finish with 2 doubles of 19 pts and a monstrous 18 pts to lead in both categories for the night—sharing the scoring lead with teammate, Terrell Eskridge. At the half, the Belmopan Red Taigaz have wrested the lead in a 36-34 score.

Roger Troyer raises up to knock down this mid range jumper as the Ballaz try to create some separation. And when Geovannie Lennan attacks this time, he makes it a 50 to 44 Cayo lead at the end of the 3rd. Lennan would put up 11 pts tonight. Early in the 4th, Farron Louriano raises up in the paint to land the finger roll. Terrell Eskridge then drains this long distance dial and we’ve got a ballgame people. With 19.1 to go, Belmopan clings to a 1 pt lead. Jarred Velasquez is fouled going to the rim and is awarded 2 free throws. Alas he could have made it a 3 pt lead at least guaranteeing overtime play—he misses both. Kurt Burgess wins the fight for the rebound, sends to Troyer who goes down court and finds Geovannie Lennan who wins the game for Cayo Western Ballaz with the uncontested layup.

Belmopan gets burned 61 to 60; the Ballaz go to a 7 and 0 record. Belmopan folks to 5 and 2. In other results, the defending champions, SP Tiger Sharks ran past the OW Running Rebels 73 to 66 to show 5 wins, 1 loss since the result from the game with No Limit remains undecided. Belize Yellow Pages Hurricanes beat the Dangriga Warriors 68 to 61 and now both teams show 3 wins and 4 losses. Belize City No Limit got 3 pts from a winless Toledo Diplomats who forfeited. Looking ahead, on Friday, Cayo takes on the Hurricanes at BES Auditorium. On Saturday, San Pedro travels to Belmopan Taigaz; Toledo Diplomats should travel to OW and Belize City No Limit will host Dangriga Warriors.

On the cricket scene, play in the Herrian Parks National Cricket Competition, Easy Does It made easy work of Bright Star in a 230 to 63 final score. Berlan beat Cashu Medico’s 85 to 84 with 6 wickets to spare; Sunrise outshone Brilliant 86 – 83 with 5 wickets to spare and Wicked Eleven toppled Isabella bank 132 to 207.

In cycling news, the last race before the 2015 Cross Country Classic took off Sunday morning from Belize City to Mount Hope and back—a distance of 120 miles and here’s the blast off with some 63 riders in the hunt. At the top of Mount Hope in search of the turning point it’s Joel Borland of Digicell 4G Elite grabbing the premie. In the meantime, Tariq Land of Western Spirit was forced out of the race due to an unfortunate accident. At mile 44 on the return we have a breakaway pack that includes Joel Borland, Byron Pope, Giovanni Choto, Henry Morreira, David Henderson, Brandon Cattouse and Oscar Quiroz. At mile 6, we find a new configuration. It’s now a 4-man lead featuring Brandon Cattouse, Byron Pope, Joel Borland and Giovanni Choto. It boils down to a heated sprint; Brandon Cattouse gets the jump, Byron Pope attacks on the outside at the tape, it’s a photo finish that gives Brandon Cattouse of C-Ray Road Addicts the Win. Byron Pope of benny’s Megabytes settles for 2nd and Joel Borland of Digicell 4G Elite has to settle for 3rd. All clocked at 4 hours 51 minutes 36 seconds setting a new record. Giovanni Choto of C-Ray pulls up 4th while Henry Morreira of Smart Zoom Team prevails for 5th place. Looking ahead folks, this Sunday, March 29th brings up the 16th Annual Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic which runs from Succotz to Leslie’s Imports for 78 miles.

Finally in football news, the Belize National Football Team begins its hunt for a berth in the 2018 World Cup by going up against Cayman on Wednesday night at the F.F.B. Stadium. Game II of the series will be staged at the Cayman Islands on the 29th March.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

Channel 5

#502829 - Yesterday at 06:27 AM Re: James Adderley�s weekly sports update [Re: Short]
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Weekend Sports With James Atherley

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

The nation collectively held its breath with eyes glued to their TVs as the national football team of Belize faced the Cayman selection in game II yesterday after the lackluster stalemate at Belmopan last Wednesday. Football has always excited the Belizean public and our dominance over Cayman is a matter of history. To have not eliminated the island would have been unthinkable. 4 minutes into the ballgame, this center off the right wing by Cayman is terribly misplayed inside the box by the Belize defense. Cayman picks it up and the host leads 1-zip. Stunned, team Belize works to recover its composure and earn this spot kick just outside the 18. Elroy Kuylen gets the call for the set piece and unleashes an educated left foot that bends into the goal. The Cayman keeper is beaten and we’re tied at one apiece.

In 2nd half, Belize grows a little more. The center into the box allows our team to launch that forces the keeper to come up with a necessary touch. Another attempt goes awry when this nice feed is squandered from point blank range. When the Cayman goalie comes off his line to err on the possession, team Belizean cannot capitalize. At the other end, this set piece by Cayman befuddles Woodrow West, but he recovers enough to quell the dangerous situation. It could have ruined out chances, but all’s well that ends well. The 1-1 score holds up and it’s enough for our team to move on. For sure, the deficiency and lack of cohesion by our team is troubling to say the least. These will have to be rectified as we move on to face Dominica.

In basketball news, League Leading Cayo Western Ballaz put its undefeated record on the line Friday night against the Belize Yellow Pages Hurricanes who looked to the friendly confines of the Belize Elementary Gym there in Belize City to accomplish what no other team has been able to through 7 weeks of severe competition. Much credit for the superb Ballaz, play must be given to Roger Troyer who has emerged as the league’s top scorer with a 24 pt average and tonight he gets the Cayo team rolling with the swish for 3. Troyer would lead all scorers with the game high 18 pts providing 10 rebounds. Ty Bradley would try to be the answer for the host team, Hurricanes and he grabs this rebound to go glass for 2 of his team high 13 pts with 5 rebounds to boot. But it’s the visitors leading by 5 at the end of the 1st.

Akeem Walters has grown by leaps and bounds this season fighting off Lindbergh Graham for this rebound to stick the rebound off the glass to show 17 pts and 7 rebounds for the night’s work. However, the big man for Cayo sticks this triple, but Kurt Burgess would out up only 7 pts while his stellar defensive effort yielded 11 rebounds to grab a share of the game high. Sharing the lead on the boards is Brian White who pulled 11 also but would only sink 6 pts. At intermission, his team is down by 11. He used to be superman and he shows why sticking with this play for the put back and would deliver doubles of 13 pts and 10 rebounds to the Cayo Ballaz.

Earl Johnson did his best to keep the Hurricanes rolling and would give them 11 pts and 4 boards. In the meantime, Winston Pratt is yet to reach his comfort zone with the Hurricanes, but hits this necessary 3 and would finish 8 pts 6 boards. Still the Hurricanes find themselves down by 9 at the end of 3rd. the Ballaz would put the clmap on in the 4th. Keith Acosta benefits off this missed shot to extend the lead to 13. They go on to post the 67 – 55 big Win to take this undefeated streak to 7 straight. The Hurricanes fall to 2 and 5.

On the cricket scene, Sunrise melted Brave Union in a lobsided score of 162 to 37. Jermaine Baizar single handedly outscored the opposition combined with his 91 runs output while Conway Jones struck for 5 wickets. For Brave Union, Kishane Flowers recorded 6 runs and took 5 wickets. In other results, Easy Does It edgef Excellence 91 to 89 and Medicines outlasted Suga Boys 119 to 76.

In closing folks, the family of late Manfred Denfield Atkins donated a trophy in his name to the 2015 Cross Country Cycling Classic. A pioneer in sportcasting, Manfred, a mainstay at the now extinct Radio Belize interviewed Mohammed Alu and Joe Frazier on their respective visits to Belize. His work set the stage for what is sport broadcasting today. He was one of a kind.

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

Channel 5

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