TigerSharks bite Bulldogs 78-73

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 17            April 27, 2006

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The TigerSharks dominated the game in fast break points for a big victory against the Bulldogs!

It was another monster finish at the sports complex arena on Saturday night when the TigerSharks played host to the Belize Bank Bulldogs for an exciting match that gave the crowd more than they bargained for. The TigerSharks came, played and defended their home court as they got a huge win over the thriving Bulldogs.

   Following the long Easter weekend, it was time for the second half of the 2006 semi-pro basketball championship. At tip off, the first few minutes was slow and inactive, but in the middle of the first, the game’s intensity grew. By the end of the quarter, the Sharks were up by two points 23-21. In the second quarter, the match got heated both in the defensive and offensive end for both ball clubs. At intermission, the Bulldogs were on top with a four (4) point lead going into the locker room. In the third, led by Keith Acosta, the Shark’s big man managed to contest and block some shots, he ended with a double double, 15 points, 29 boards. Other scorers for the Sharks were Bruce Rowland with 15 points, 1 assist and 3 rebounds, Stephen Williams with 19 points, 3 assists and 9 boards.

   The Bulldogs on the other hand was led by American import Eric Cheers, who is the leading scorer for most games played. Cheers would finish the game with 22 points, 8 rebounds. Edward Sanchez played a great game also, unfortunately, it’s a team effort and could not come up with a win; Sanchez, leading scorer finished the game with 26 points, 1 assist and 8 boards. The game ended 78-73 in favor of the TigerSharks. The Shark’s field goal average was 48 percent, whilst the Bulldogs was 37%.

   So far into the competition, the statistics show that the TigerSharks are on a roll, with several first place spots including the average points per game, average assists and second in average rebounds per game and steals. Currently, the standings are as follows; a two way tie between the TigerSharks and BTL Nets hold the top spot with 7 games played, 5 wins and 2 losses respectively. Trailing by a point for second place is the Belize Bank Bulldogs with 7 games played; 4 wins and 3 losses; third is the UB jaguars with 5 games played; 3 wins and 2 losses. Tied for the last spots are the Sugar City Eagles with 6 games played; 1 win and 5 losses and Northern Uprising with 6 games played;1 win and 5 losses.

   Check out this weekends match-ups; on Friday, April 28th, the reigning champions BTL champs will play host to the UB Jaguars and on Saturday, the Sharks will take a road trip up north to challenge Corozal’s Northern Uprising. Fans are encouraged to attend the games; its semi-pro basketball action at its best. Viva TigerSharks!!

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