Ports Belize Ltd. took the first game of the semifinal series: 69-55 over Airport.
Vince “Postman” Lamb drained in five 3-pointers as he led Airport’s attack with 20 pts, and Airport led 19-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Port’s Angus Cherrington added nine points and 10 boards, while Ian “AC” Augustine had double eights in points and boards. Cecil Price added seven points to lead 50-39 by the end of the third quarter. Airport’s Myron Flowers added seven points and Kelvin Gillett chipped in three, but Airport never regained the lead.
Airport will need to win in its rematch on Friday, November 30, to take the series to a third game. Ports eliminated Belize Bank 61-44 the week before on Friday, November 17, while Airport also qualified to the semifinals by eliminating Atlantic Bank 48-47.
Belize Water Services pressured Belize Telemedia 46-42 in Saturday’s other semifinal. BWSL led 7-0 before Telemedia got on the scoreboard and never let up.
Travis Lennon drained in two 3-pointers as he and Karim Thompson scored 11 pts, five boards each for a 16-11 lead in the first quarter. Lindbergh “Prince” Graham added eight points and six boards, while Benson Matthews added eight points and five boards to lead 27-15 at intermission. Ashley Hemsley had six points, six boards to lead 32-27 in the third quarter, and BWSL held off the Telemedia attacks until the final buzzer.
Lennox Cayetano led Telemedia with 16 pts, eight board, while Ed Thompson added 13 pts. Lupito Acosta hit a 3-pointer as he contributed six points and Chadwick Ysaguirre chipped in three, grabbing eight boards.
BWSL had qualified to the semifinals by eliminating Central Bank 50-40 on Friday, November 23. Travis Lennon led with 12 pts, and Benson Matthews added 10 pts to lead 17-4 in the first quarter. “Prince” Graham added nine points, three boards, while Ashley Hemsley tossed in six points, six boards for a 28-14 lead at intermission. Karim Thompson added five points, six boards. Ed Baptist drained in two 3-pointers, as he and Wilfred Richards led Central Bank with 12 pts each. Tyrone Palmerston added six points and Ian Hemsley had four in their loss.
Telemedia blew away Bowen & Bowen 61-38 on Friday. Ed Thompson led the Digicell men with 13 pts, three boards for a 13-6 lead the first quarter. Otis Clother added 10 pts, five boards, and Jason Lamb hit a 3-pointer as he added 10 pts to lead 30-13 at intermission, and 37-25 by the end of the third quarter.
Evan Ferguson led the brewers with 10 pts, Marvin Sheran had eight and Steve Bonnel – four, but the Digicell men outscored them 24-13 in money time. Lennox Cayetano tossed in eight points, 12, boards; Daybourne Alvarez chipped in five points, eight boards and Chaka X had six points.
Telemedia will try for another win when the second game of the semifinals comes up on Friday, November 30, to take the series to a third game.
The Belize Bank Bulldogs have already qualified to the finals of the Under-23 Basketball Competition by consecutive blowout wins over the Truckers on Friday and Saturday night. Glenford Chimilio drained in two 3-pointers to lead the Truckers with 13 pts, eight boards as they lead 15-12 in the first quarter on Friday. Brian White answered for the bulldogs with 21 pts, 14 boards, while Lincey Lopez added 16 pts as they took over the lead 37-29 at intermission.
Lennox Spencer added 14 pts and Macario Augustine – 10 pts, 22 boards as they jumped to a 63-51 lead in the third quarter.
Stephen Dixon added seven points and Terique Gabb drained in a 3-pointer for another five as they romped to 78-58 win.
Truckers’ Stannis Thomas had 12 pts, while Winston Reynolds and Elvis Olivera each scored seven points, Carlston Barrera drained in a 3-pointer to add eight points.
The Bulldogs ran over the Truckers again 78-63 on Saturday. Brian White and Lennox Spencer each had 13 pts, Jamir Flores tossed in 12, and Lincey Lopez had 11 pts. They led throughout: 17-16 in the first quarter, 41-35 at intermission and 65-48 by the end of the third quarter.
Ray Cruz and Edgar Mitchell added eight points each; while Gabb had seven and Augustine chipped in six. Stannis Thomas led the Truckers with 20 pts, while Barrera had 10 pts and Chimilio – eight. Olivera added seven and Stafford Young has six in their loss.
Tuff E’Nuff also won their first semifinal 73-64 over the Tigersharks, and need only a second win to qualify to the finals. On Friday night, the Tigersharks will try for a win to tie the series and take it to a third game.