FCIB, Atlantic Bank, Telemedia & Tuff E’nuff win thru to Interoffice basketball semifinals

[Linked Image] The FCIB/Quan’s Trading Company will take on the Atlantic Bank, while Telemedia will challenge Tuff e’Nuff in the semi-finals best of three game series of the 2010 Interoffice basketball competition after advancing out of the quarterfinals at the Belize City Center on Friday, August 13.

The Atlantic Bank came back from a 10 pt deficit to upset the Port of Belize 47-46 with only four seconds left on the clock, and the Ports’ 4 former semi-pro players could do nothing in the time remaining.

Andrew ‘Head’ Staine led Atlantic Bank’s attack with a long trey in the 1st quarter, Justin Wade followed suit with a trey, and Hector Locke added two buckets, as they led 13-11 at the end of the quarter.

Port’s Jason Wade and Kent Marfield responded with a trey each, and more baskets from Wilfred “Chiqui Blue” Nicholas, Lloyd Burgess and Ian AC Augustine as the Port tied the score at 25-25 at the half time break.

Jason Wade poured in 2 more treys in the 3rd quarter, when Forbes also drained in a long trey and more buckets from Burgess and Augustine saw Ports jump to a 41-31 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The bankers pulled out all the stops in money time, Staine draining in 2 treys for 12pts in the quarter, he finished with 19 pts, also grabbing 3 rebounds and stealing the ball thrice. Darwin ‘Dawgy’ Elijio poured in 3 treys for 9 pts, but it was Ian Ferrera’s crucial layup in the final four seconds that tied the ball game at 46-46, and he drew a foul so he was awarded a free throw. The tension was thick, the pressure intense on Ferrera; a miss would take the game into overtime, but his shot was good as the bankers went on to win 47-46. Port’s Ian ‘AC’ Augustine finished with 11 pts, while Jason Wade had 9pts and Burgess, Forbes and Marfield had 8pts each.

In Friday’s nightcap, Telemedia ‘Digicell’ upset the undefeated defending champs, Belize City Council, 60-46. Telemedia led from the getgo, with Ashley Hemsley sinking a trey to score 7 pts in the first quarter, Jamal Kelly also hit a trey to add 9 pts, and Marvin “Bae” Castillo and Edward Thompson added more buckets to lead 20-9 in the first quarter.

BCC’s Kenroy ‘MVP’ Usher, scored only one bucket in the 1st quarter an coach Brads Neal yanked him out of the ball game and benched him for the next two quarters when Usher couldn’t or wouldn’t play defense. Joshua Jones hit a trey to add 6pts, Vergil Miller tossed in more buckets as the BCC boys trailed 20-28 at the half.

Telemedia stayed on top in the 3rd quarter with more buckets from Hemsley, Castillo, Kelly and Thompson. Otis Clother joined the party with two buckets to lead 40-33 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

In money time, Hemsley hit another trey to finish with 16pts, Kelly added six points to finish with 17pts, while Castillo had 9 pts, Thompson – 6pts and Clother – 5pts, Kirk Sutherland and Narval Loredo chipped in a bucket each for the 60-46 victory. BCC’s Joshua Jones hit a final trey to finish with 16pts, while Vergil Miller had 11 pts and grabbed 13 rebounds and two steals.

Tuff E’Nuff and FCIB/Quan’s Trading Co. had also qualified by easy victories last Wednesday night, August 11.Tuff e’ Nuff had eliminated the Roe Group: 69-48; with Ashton Edwards leading the attack, draining in five treys for 21 pts, and Eugene Jex added 11 pts and snagged seven rebounds. Dave Apolonio had led the Roe Group with 15 pts, and Keith Sutherland added 10 pts and grabbed 11 rebounds.

FCIB/Quan’s Trading C.o had arrested the Police 64-38, led by Jacob ‘Snake’ Leslie who scored trey to finish with 24 pts, and Jerome ‘Penny’ Ellis added 13 pts. Maurice Martinez led the Police with 12 pts, while Kenard Clarke added 10 pts and grabbed 13 rebounds.

The semifinals begin Wednesday, August 18 and continue on Friday, August 20, a third game if necessary will be played on Sunday, august 22.


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