The girls of Holy Redeemer RC School repeat as the Belize District primary schools basketball champions, while the boys of St. Martin de Porres RC School won the male championship in the district finals organized by the National Sports Council at Bird’s Isle last Friday, May 10.
The Holy Redeemer girls and St. Martin’s boys will represent the Belize district against the five other district champions in the national primary schools basketball championships to be hosted by the National Sports Council at Birds Isle on Friday, May 24.
Holy Redeemer triumphed 15-14 over the girls of Belize Elementary School in the finals. Zaria Jenkins had led Holy Redeemer School with four baskets and Felicia Arzu added four points to lead the Belize Elementary girls 12-6 at intermission after Donna Che, Allyanah Musa and Chelsea Williams had each scored a basket for Belize Elementary.
Donna Che scored another basket in the second half, and Allyanah Musa scored two baskets and Chelsea scored two free throws for BES to take over the lead 14-12 in the second half. Not for long as Zaria Jenkins scored a layup to tie the score 14-14, and in the final minutes, Felicia Arzu stepped to the charity stripe to score the wining basket.
The St. Martin’s boys had upset the Belize City champions, the boys of Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist School, 35 -19! Glen Arzu had led the St. Martin’s boys with three baskets in the first half. Justin Cacho and Melroy Pelayo each added four points, while Ryan Herbert and Marquis Conorquie each scored a basket. Delbert Sabal and Leon Lodge had each scored a basket while Antawn Palacio hit a 3-pointer as the Ephesus boys trailed 7-18 at intermission.
Glen Arzu hit a 3-pointer as he poured in 10 pts in the second half to finish with a game high of 16 pts, while Pelayo added four points to finish with 8 pts; and Marquis Conorquie followed suite by draining in a long 3-pointer.
The Ephesus boys desperately played catch-up as Sabal added five points, and Lodge and Kenny Daly added three points each. It was sweet revenge for the St. Martin’s boys who had lost the city championship to Ephesus SDA by one free throw 27-28.
Holy Redeemer had advanced to the finals by a 18-2 blowout of the girls of Holy Cross school from San Pedro Ambergris Caye in the opening game of the tournament.
The St Martin’s boys had romped to a 34-4 blowout win over the Belize Rural champions, the boys of Our Lady of the Way RC School from Ladyville.
The Belize Elementary girls had similarly advanced to the finals by an 18-4 win over the Belize rural champions, the girls of Lucky Strike Government School,
The Ephesus SDA boys also reached the finals by a 41-15 romp over the Caye Caulker RC School boys.