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Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2020. 5:42 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Digi Belize City Defenders (7-1) have run their winning streak to six after toppling Orange Walk Running Rebels (3-3) at the Civic Center, 101-84, on Friday night.

Defenders’ Devin Daly posted 27 points, Nigel Jones 21 and Luther Page 18. Orange Walk’s Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, but he had very little support beyond Brian White (20 points) and Dajuan Cooper (13 points). O.W.’s bench managed just 8 points compared to the Defenders’ 21.

Defenders’ main rivals San Pedro Tiger Sharks (6-2) kept pace with an 86-69 drubbing of Belmopan Bandits in the capital.

Sharks’ center Antone Robinson, Jr., was top man with 23 points, 11 rebounds. Guard Jihad Wright posted 19 and Francis Arana 14. For Bandits (1-5), Khalil Jabbie had 17 points, 5 rebounds 4 assists and Richard Smith, III, posted 12 points and 16 rebounds in a losing cause.

It was a poor day at the office for Punta Gorda Panthers (1-5), who have now dropped 4 straight and could only post 48 points to 85 for Verdes of Cayo. The Panthers were a dreadful 1 for 18 from three-point range and not much better going for two at 37 percent. Jevonte Hughes was their only scorer in double figures with 15 points.

For the westerners (4-1), Tyrone Hall posted 25 points and Devin Thomas added 17 and 8 rebounds.

And Griga Dream Ballers (2-4) won at home 80-67 over Benny’s Belize Hurricanes, aided by 20 rebounds from Macario Augustine and 22 points from Delvon Henderson. Ashton Edwards led Hurricanes (2-3) off the bench with 16 points, with Shuler Dominic adding 10 and 16 rebounds.

The League’s deadline to add players is Tuesday, March 3 as the season approaches the half-way mark.

Three games are scheduled for this holiday weekend. Dangriga welcomes Verdes at 9 p.m. Friday, while Bandits travel to Civic to face Hurricanes 15 minutes later. On Saturday, Panthers host Rebels in P.G. at 8:30 p.m.


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