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Jul 28, 2010

Under-15 fifteen basketball team faces more difficulties in Guatemala

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The under-fifteen basketball team that’s playing in the Junior COCABA games in Guatemala is not faring well. The team complained about accommodation difficulties at the open dorm. Matthew Smiling, the coach, told us via phone they are still not pleased. Smiling said the players missed more than twenty free throws and the game against Costa Rica did not end favorably.

Via Phone: Matthew Smiling, Coach, Under-15 Basketball Team

“We lost fifty-four to forty-nine.”

Delahnie Bain

“Have they played any other game since then?”

Via Phone: Matthew Smiling

“No, we haven’t. We’re playing tomorrow. We’re playing against El Salvador.”

Delahnie Bain

“Okay, and the conditions at the hotel, have there been any improvements?”

Via Phone: Matthew Smiling

“It has improved a bit but it’s still not up to standards.”

Delahnie Bain

“What have they changed?”

Via Phone: Matthew Smiling

“They put covers on the toilet and they tried to clean up the bathroom a bit. We were supposed to play Mexico on Monday and we played Costa Rica yesterday so today is our off day. We’re playing Salvador tomorrow and Guatemala on Friday.”

Delahnie Bain

“And what are your expectations for the rest of the tournament?”

Via Phone: Matthew Smiling

“Well, we’re hoping to win those two games so we can qualify.”

If the team qualifies to move on at the end of the Junior COCABA games, their next tournament is the Centro Basket.

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1 Response for “Under-15 fifteen basketball team faces more difficulties in Guatemala”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    Not for nothing……… but there might just be some racial (discrimination) factor to be considered here. They need to file some official complaint so that we don’t have to deal with this sh** again.

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