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Jul 8, 2010

National basketball team captain speaks on the big W

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Today’s monumental victory in Santo Domingo has undoubtedly lifted the spirits of the national selection as it moves forward to now take on Puerto Rico.  Following this evening’s crushing defeat of Cuba, New Five’s William Neal spoke with team captain, Milton Palacio, who was overwhelmed by the victory.

Milton Palacio, Captain, Belize National Basketball Team

“It was tough you know. I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive. That was the biggest thing; I think I wasn’t aggressive yesterday starting the Mexico game. But I just told myself I want to be aggressive because I think Cuba is one of the most talented teams and one of the teams that are structured. They’re going to be patient and they’re going to run their stuff and I felt that we played a good defense. I knew we’d be fine.”

William Neal

“Now, it’s very hard to predict the games in this tournament. We’ve been up and down and everybody has been winning and losing unexpectedly. How do you prepare for the next game against Puerto Rico?”

Milton Palacio

“Well, we know they’re a talented team with two NBA guys on their team, Roy and Barrera. But you know this is a tournament of who’s playing the best basketball and who’s playing the best defense. And we said it before the game, we play defense we’ll be okay. I think we’ve got enough manpower, I think we’ve got enough scorers to stay with their scorers. So I think if we do that and just focus; I think tonight the focus was great.”

William Neal

“How important was today’s win for you?”

Milton Palacio

“It was big because the biggest thing I was telling the guys right before the game was that not only was this going to be big for us as individuals but it’s going to be big for a country like Belize to play against a team like Cuba to put us on the map. After the game you could see a lot of people were coming up to us and congratulating Belize. So now they know, they’re aware of it. They saw the bad game against Mexico but they know that Belize has a good team.”

William Neal

“Any predictions against Puerto Rico and for the rest of the tournament?”

Milton Palacio

“Nah, no predictions, just our focus like I told the guys coming out before the game. I said this could be a couple of guys last go around for the national team. Definitely, myself and Keenan it’s gonna be hard for me to try to fight for 2016 at my age. But I told the guy right now it’s win or go home and I think that’s the biggest thing we’re gonna do the next game, come with that intensity.”

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