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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