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Belize Elite Basketball League: Belize City Defenders rout Belmopan Trojans 107-71, momentarily knock them out of playoffs picture

Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2024. 7:11 am CST.

Photo Credit: Belize City Defenders

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Belize City Defenders (5-2) recorded a pivotal victory defeating the Belmopan Trojans (2-5) 107-71 at the Belize City Civic Center on Friday night and moved up to the top statistical spot in the 2024 Belize Elite Basketball League.

This win not only adds to the Defenders points tally as they now have 12 points, one more than the Benny’s Belize Hurricanes, but also boosts their morale. However, the Hurricanes, who were inactive this weekend, still have a better record at 5-1.

Meanwhile, the Trojans, coupled with the EZ Investments Griga Dream Ballers victory over the Western Ballaz, suffered a huge setback falling from fourth to fifth place and now have their work cut out for them if they wish to keep their playoff aspirations alive. Tied at 2-5 with Griga, the Southerners have the edge on points difference (-23 to -105).

Fenton Bradley led the charge for the Defenders with 25 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Nigel Jones had a big night with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Andrew ‘Bynum’ Ortiz scored 12 points, pulled five rebounds, and made two assists. Devin Daly contributed 12 points as well along with three rebounds and two assists.

Lorenzo Dillard was good for 11 points, two rebounds and six assists. D’von Campbell chipped in 10 points, two boards, and eight assists.

Jayden Lopez was the Trojans main man netting 21 points plus two rebounds and four assists. Tramarcus Levi added 11 points and three rebounds. Raul Roches and Jevaughan Mckenzie added nine points apiece. Roches pulled five rebounds.

With a 5-2 record, Belize City Defenders already cemented their playoff berth. They are now in a fight with the Hurricanes for the final seeding. The Trojans, for their part, have put their playoff hopes in danger by falling out of the Top Four.

As the season progresses, the stakes get higher, and every game becomes a potential turning point in the quest for the championship.

BEBL Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 5 @ 9:00 pm

Belize City Defenders 107-71 Belmopan Trojans @ Belize City Civic Center, Belize City

Western Ballaz 83-87 EZ Investments Griga Dream Ballers @ Sacred Heart College Auditorium, San Ignacio

Benny’s Belize Hurricanes, San Pedro Tiger Sharks rest

 

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