By William Ysaguirre, Freelance Reporter
The Cayo Western Ballaz eliminated SMART No Limit 75-57 in the third game of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) playoffs before a packed house at the Sacred Heart College auditorium in San Ignacio on Friday night, June 6.
Farron Louriano led the Ballaz’ offensive, ramming home four monster dunks to achieve the highest individual score of the tournament: 34 pts and 12 boards, as they took a 21-11 lead in the first quarter.
Richard Troyer drained in a long 3-pointer almost from half court; as he added 17 pts, 16 boards; while Travis Lennon scored 12 pts, four boards and to lead 38-26 at intermission.
Kurt “Chengo” Burgess had three points, and six rebounds and was a major force in the Ballaz defense until he was ejected from the ball game following an altercation with No Limits’ Andrew Ortiz, who was also thrown out of the game.
Ivan Flowers added four points as the Ballaz defense shut down the visitors’ attacks to lead 59-42 at the end of the third quarter. SMART’s big men: Greg “Chippy” Rudon, Elsworth Itza and Matthew Young scored eight points each; while Brian White added seven and Lincey Lopez shot six, mostly from the charity stripe. Ervin “Poty” Orosco chipped in five points, four boards, and Akeem “Timmy” Trapp made four points.
Meanwhile, the San Pedro Tigersharks were to have hosted the first game fo the finals at the angel Nunez Auditorium at the San Pedro High School on la Isla Bonita at 1:00 Sunday afternoon, June 8, but this had to be re-scheduled after one of the glass backboards was broken in a training accident and the repairs won’t be ready for Sunday.