Alamilla’s Furniture and Quan’s Trading Company won surprise upsets over Conscious Youth Development Program and Tuff E’Nuff when the semifinals of the 2012 Belize City Interoffice Basketball Competition began at Bird’s Isle on Thursday, July 5.
Tuff e’Nuff entered the playoffs as the top ranked team with eight victories and one loss and advanced easily through the quarterfinals by eliminating the Police. But Quan’s Trading Company proved a harder nut to crack. Kachief Thomas scored 24 pts and snagged three boards as he led Quan’s to a 71-64 upset of Tuff E’Nuff.
Quan’s led 19-16 at the end of the first quarter and with Vince Garbutt adding 16 pts and 10 boards, while Godsden Ferguson tossed in eight points, Quan’s romped to a 34-25 lead at intermission.
Tuff E’Nuff’s Raul Roches had come to play ball and led with 17 pts, 12 boards while Farron Louriano played Big D in the paint adding 13 pts. Keith Acosta added 11 pts, but Jacob “Snake” Leslie added five points to Quan’s score, while Danny Reynolds and Travis Lennon added four each for a 51-47 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Tyrone “Joker” Edwards tried to regain the lead for Tuff e’Nuff .He tossed in seven points, while Jamal Kelly hit a 3-pointer to add six points and Ashton Edwards also drained in a single 3-pointer, but it was not enough.
Alamilla’s Furniture polished off C.Y.D.P. 65-61 in the nightcap. Greg “Chippy” Rudon led with 25 pts.
Alamilla’s led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter. With Brandon Rogers and Kevin Lorenzo tossing in eight points each. Alamilla’s continued to lead 35-26 at intermission.
Carlisle Barrow added seven points, while Rhetton Belisle had five, and Kevin Domingo chipped in four to extend the lead to 51-39 by the end of the third quarter.
Winston “Air Jun” Pratt led C.Y.D.P. with 19 pts, while Marcel Felix scored 11 pts each, and Matthew Young added seven. Lennox Bowman’ added six points, while Jermaine “Gumbi” Tillett chipped in five in their loss.
The second games of the series come up on Friday, July 13, and a third game if necessary will be played on Saturday, July 14.