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Elite Sports Leagues reach climax this weekend

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019. 1:25 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Belize District, or more accurately Ambergris Caye, will be the epicenter of all things sport this coming weekend as the island prepares to defend against teams from the old capital Belize City and the new capital Belmopan.

  Game 2 of the Premier League of Belize championship series at Ambergris Stadium on Saturday night will see upstart San Pedro Pirates try for an aggregate result against the juggernaut defending champions Belmopan Bandits.

 The Bandits won last week’s game 1 1-0, after a 0-0 draw with Verdes to advance 4-3 on aggregate to the final. San Pedro hammered B.D.F. 6-1 at the MCC to book their place.

 Meanwhile, defending National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) champion Smart Belize Hurricanes had an easier time of it in game 3 with Verdes of Cayo despite not having homecourt advantage. After the first two games were decided by three-pointers in the dying moments, the ‘Canes jumped on their rivals early and never looked back for a 79-66 victory. Glency Lopez and Shannon Fowler hit 18 points each and Tyrie Orosco 16, while MVP Kris Frazier, Leroy Louriano and Richard Troyer managed just 40 points between them.

 Dangriga Dream Ballers then hosted San Pedro TigerSharks aiming to end their losing streak in the semifinal round, and led by as much as 13 and by 8 at the half. But San Pedro rallied back and won 67-63 behind 37 points from Jihad Wright, Martevious Adams and Gene Myvett. Edgar Mitchell led the losers’ effort with 16 points and 9 assists.

  No team has managed to win at home in six tries in the playoffs and it will be up to the Sharks to end the streak when they host game 1 on Saturday night, May 18. The holiday weekend next week sees games 2 and 3 in the City and San Pedro, and games 4 and 5 if necessary will be played in the two weeks following.

  Both teams are seeking their third national title while the ‘Canes are 1-0 head to head in the championship series, winning in 2016. The teams split their season series.

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