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Jun 14, 2011

Under 16 Basketball Team shoots for the stars in Mexico

Another of Belize’s sporting teams will be playing at the international level. The National Under Sixteen Basketball Team is in Mexico City tonight where the boys, along with coach Fred Garcia, are preparing to play matches against other Central American countries. We caught up today with Paul Thompson, the President of the Belize Basketball Association, as he headed to Mexico. Thompson expressed optimism about team Belize moving onto the next round of competition.

Via Phone: Paul Thompson, President, BBF

Paul Thompson

“The Belize National U16 team is participating in the Centro Basket U16 championship in Mexico City from tomorrow, June fifteenth until the nineteenth. They qualified for this tournament by placing second in the COCABA U15 tournament last year in Guatemala City. The teams that they will play against will be five other teams: Mexico, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica. The top two teams from this tournament will qualify for the FIBA U16 championship in Cancun from June twenty-first to the twenty-seventh. That tournament is a major tournament because it includes USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.  So were hopeful and optimistic that we will qualify to make that tournament. We played Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador before and we matched up against them very well. We have been together now for over a year so we believe that we’re in a good spot. We’ve been preparing for quite some time and hopeful we will qualify for this next tournament.”

Updates on the games can be had via Open Your Eyes, live every morning here on this station.

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1 Response for “Under 16 Basketball Team shoots for the stars in Mexico”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    Kudos to these young men for doing the right thing.

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