By William Ysaguuirre
Basketball fans witnessed the Toledo Diplomats, the only team to defeat the league leading San Pedro Tigersharks in Toledo, fall 46-105 to Smart No Limits. No Limits enjoyed their sixth victory when the national elite basketball competition continued at Birds’ isle last Saturday night.
Akeem “Timmy” Trapp hit two 3-pointers as he led No Limits with 19 pts, four boards for a 17-11 lead in the first quarter. Greg “Chippy” Rudon also hit a 3-pointer as he poured in another 18 pts and three rebounds, while Kevin Domingo laid up 17 pts to cruise to a 45-17 lead at intermission.
Andrew Ortiz rammed home three monster dunks to add 16 pts, snagging nine boards, while Brandon Rogers tossed in 22pts and Brian White added 10 pts. John Rudon matched his brother with a 3-pointer as he added seven and Ervin “Poty” Orosco chipped in four.
Daniel Valerio and Jovannie White each scored 15 pts for the visitors, while Elbert Ariola added six, and Aaron Johnson and Evon Lino chipped in four each.
Another big game was undoubtedly the Cayo Western Ballaz rematch with the Tigersharks at the Sacred Heart College auditorium last Saturday. The Ballaz delighted their fans by dominating the first three quarters, led by Farron Louriano who jammed in 29pts, and snagged 15 boards to lead 33-27 at intermission. Richard Troyer hit the final 3-pointer for the Ballaz as he added 18 pts, 11 boards. The Ballaz’ lead ballooned to 10pts as Kurt “Chengo” Burgess scored nine pts and grabbed 20 boards. Travis Lennan added eight pts to lead 54-48 in the third quarters and Kurt “Chengo” Burgess scored 16pts.
The Tigersharks, led by Winston “Air Jun” Pratt had 17 pts, 17 boards. They made their run in the fourth quarter outscoring the Ballaz 22 to 11. Jamal Kelly hit two 3-pointers as he added 13pts, while Darwin “Puppy” Leslie added 12pts and seven boards. Their centre Michael Adams scored 11pts on the putback, snagging nine boards. Louis Pitterson scored the basket that gave the visitors their first lead of the ball game 61-60 and Desnmores Edwards scored a lay-up for two of his seven points. Tyrone “Joker” Edwards added three points.The Belmopan Bandits squeaked past the Corozal Heatz at the University of Belize gymnasium last Thursday night. Jamal Harris led the Bandits with 22 pts, seven boards, while Kyle Pascacio had 15 pts and Christian Rodriguez tossed in 11pts. Adam Carswell had 10 pts, 14 boards. Marcel Richards led the Heats with 27 pts, Jason Grant added 14 pts and Harris Patten had 12 pts.
The Dangriga Warriors ran over the Orange Walk Running Rebels 75-49 at the Ecumenical High School auditorium on Friday night. Jamir Flores led the Warriors with 19 pts, while Trevaughn Usher had 18 pts. David Guzman added 10 pts, and Shai Peters chipped in seven. The visitors from sugar city had only seven men and Randy Usher, Omar Tesecum and Ian Carcamo were absent. Tyrone Baptist led the Rebels with 15 pts and Javier Gutierrez added 13 pts.