St John’s College boys lead Belize City basketball

The undefeated boys of St John’s College are dominating their group with two victories in the Belize City high schools basketball competition organized by the Central Secondary Schools Sports Association at Bird’s Isle in Belize City on Saturday, November 17.

Sydney “Bucket” Bradley scored two 3-pointers as he led the St John’s boys with 20 pts in their 58-44 victory over the boys of Excelsior High School on Saturday afternoon. The St John’s boys led 14-11 in the first quarter and with Rondre Lewis adding nine points, and Kyle Middleton and Rasheed Flowers tossing in five points each; they continued to lead 34-25 at intermission. Kurtlan Young had four points, and Dudley Erskine and Jovar Lopez chipped in two points each to lead 48-30 by the end of the third quarter. Javis Tench had led the Excelsior boys with 17 pts, while Enfield Martinez added 10, Darnea Garcia had seven and Javan Claire and Melrick Perez tossed in four each, Malcolm Nunez chipped in one basket.

The St John boys had also blown away the boys of Maud Williams High School 70-36 last Thursday. Lewis led the assault with 20 pts and their big center Zachary Usher had 18 pts as SJC led 11-9 in the first quarter and 27-17 at intermission. Cordell Gonzales added 12, and Middleton  added another 10 pts to lead 55-27 at the end of the third quarter. Flowers hit a 3-pointer as he tossed in five points, Young had six and Bradley hit a single 3-pointer. Erskine chipped in one basket.  Jafford Cacho had led the Maud Williams boys with 19pts, while Naphtali Watters added four, Michael Lambey drained in a 3-pointer and Robert Lord, Brandon Bailey and Devaughn Leslie each tossed in one basket, Valentine Tablada hit a free throw.

The Excelsior boys had fared no better in a 34-49 loss to the boys of Gwen Lizarraga High School on Thursday. The game was tied 6-6 in the first quarter, but then Akeem Richardson led Gwen Liz with 25 pts, while Keith Pollard and Albert Longsworth added six each to lead 20-9 at intermission and 33-22 at the end of third quarter. Enfield Martinez led Excelsior with 13 pts, Tench added six and Justin Marin tossed in five, while Nunez added four and Garcia –three. Perez scored a single basket.

The defending national and Central American champions, the boys of Sadie Vernon Technical High School, had blown away the boys of Edward P. Yorke High School 103-43 in the opening game of the tournament.

Lincy Lopez recorded a game high of 31 pts, while Jamal Augustine and Kadeem Olivera each hit a 3-pointer.

Augustine added 19 pts and Kadeem Olivera – 15 pts to lead 24-12 in the first quarter, 46-21 at intermission and 74-33 by the end of the third quarter.

Jay Palacio added 12 pts, Clency Lopez -10 pts, while Robert Gordon and Clive Arriola tossed in five each.

Gabriel Taylor had led E.P. Yorke with 16 pts, Akeem Baptist added 10 pts and Kevin Popper four, while Arjay Arana chipped in three. Stephen Butler, Steven Bermudez, Devin Harris and Robert Jefferies each tossed in a basket.

The Sadie Vernon boys did not do so well in their second outing as they lost a heart-breaker 77-78 to the Wesley College boys on Tuesday night, November 20. Brian White led Wesley with 23 pts before he fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter. Welton Franklin, who scored 22 pts, Eric Franklin and Jervis Samuel led Wesley 40-33 at intermission.

Lincy Lopez, Dion Roches and Jay Palacio each drained in a 3-pointer, as Lopez led with 24 pts, while Palacio added 12 pts and Roches – eight. Kadeem Olivera scored seven and Robert Gordon and Marcus Ifield added five points each to give Sadie Vernon a 66-63 lead in the third quarter.

Jaron Palacio added 8 pts for Wesley, Godwin Neal chipped in 5 pts, while Anthony Middleton and Deon Flores scored one basket each for the 78-77 win. Sadie Vernon’s Jamal Augustine had five points and Clency Lopez added four free throws.

The boys of Nazarene High School had also blown away the Maud Williams boys 66-28 on Tuesday. Alejandro Baptist led the Nazarene boys with 19 pts , while Cacho had led Maud Williams with 14 pts.

The boys of Anglican Cathedral College had won 64-56 over the Wesley College boys last Wednesday. Brandon Rose led ACC with 20 pts; Douglas Valley added 19pts, and Travis Bernardez – 12. Bryan White had 27 pts.

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