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San Pedro Tiger Sharks shock Belize City Defenders 79-71 at Civic, improve playoff bid

Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2023. 11:30 am CST.

Photo Credit: San Pedro Tiger Sharks

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The San Pedro Tiger Sharks sent shock waves through the Belize City Defenders beating them 79-71 at the Belize City Civic Center on Friday night in the Belize Elite Basketball League.

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The Sharks, now at 7-5, improved their bid for a playoff spot by dropping the Defenders to 7-6.

Kyle Steward led the way for the Tiger Sharks with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Treandus Branch had a good game for the Defenders with 11 points and 19 rebounds. The Tiger Sharks improved their record to 7-5, while the Defenders fell to 7-6 and endangered their playoff hopes.

The San Pedro Tiger Sharks were led by Kyle Steward, who sank 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Jamaal Clifton added 15 points and nine rebounds. Jihad Wright contributed 14 points, three steals, and two blocks. Arana recorded 10 points, four assists, and three steals.

The Defenders struggled to contain the Tiger Sharks’ offense. They shot only 38.8% from the field and 17.4% from the three-point line, compared to the Tiger Sharks’ 36.4% and 10.5%.

Lorenzo Dillard scored 17 points and made seven assists and two steals for the Defenders. Nigel Jones hit 14 points and grabbed four rebounds. Treandus Branch was his usual self, posting a double-double of 11 points and 19 rebounds.

In the other Saturday game, the already qualified Benny’s Belize Hurricanes let one slip as they fell 102-95 to the Belmopan Red Taigaz at the UB Gym in Belmopan.

On Saturday, the Western Ballers (5-8) challenge the Griga Dream Ballers (8-5) at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio, while South in Punta Gorda, the Panthers (1-12) play hosts to the Orange Walk Running Rebels (8-4).

The Sharks are catching up and are playing their back match against the Belmopan Red Taigaz on Sunday, May 14 at 1:00 pm at the Angel Nunez Auditorium in San Pedro.

 

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