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Jul 8, 2010

Belize topples Cuba in CentroBasket games in Dominican Republic

It’s a classic tale of David and Goliath as our national team which is widely regarded as the underdog at the CentroBasket Games in Santo Domingo a few minutes ago overwhelmed the Cuban powerhouse in rebounds and points scored. The win now brings the Belize dream to the closest it has ever been to an Olympic basketball qualifier.  Team Belize has proven that it remains a basketball powerhouse in the Tournament as it emerged triumphant in its third outing.  The sixteen point blowout of Cuba’s national team comes on the heel of the postponement of game three which was scheduled for Wednesday.  Due to poor ventilation and the poor conditions of the court at Palacio de Deportes the critical match-up was pushed back an extra day.  That in turn gave Team Belize a day of rest which certainly proved helpful in the ninety-four/seventy-eight defeat.  From the onset Belize maintained total dominance on both the offensive and defensive ends as the point margin grew wider between the teams.  We join William Neal in Santo Domingo for a complete look at today’s win.

Marques Johnson, Head Coach, National Basketball Team

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“I feel great. I mean I give all the credit to the players. They came out and we looked at it as a won and done. We had to have this game, which we did and they came out to a man and played good basketball, stuck to the game plan, playing great defense when we needed it. I cannot give too much credit to Richie Troyer, Ken Paulino, of course Milt Palacio our captain led us, and then Darwin carter, his ball handling and his stability as a playmaker was a big key. And then Charlie Burgess who didn’t start but came in and gave us great minutes at the end of the first half, Alex Carcamo some tough, hard plays. It was a total team effort.”

Terry Gordon, Love Television

“Now, we’re very much alive and kicking. Our next opponent is Puerto Rico. We must do very well against them I would imagine. We must come up with the big W against the number nine ranked team in the world if we want to go on to the Tour of Americas in Argentina next door.”

Marques Johnson

“Well, obviously they’re a great team but you know look at what Trinidad did the first time they played them, anything could happen in a game like this. We just gotta come out with the same frame of mind, the same focus, come up with a game plan that we think will be successful against them and come out and play the game, the number ninth in the world…”

Terry Gordon

“What does it take to beat a team like that especially with all the big men that they have been throwing at us?”

Marques Johnson

“Well, obviously you’ve gotta rebound the basketball as well as you can but we can win without winning the rebounding, we can’t get crushed on the offensive glass and we’ve got to take advantage of our skills; run the court using our speed and our quickness and our ball handlers’ ability to penetrate and then we gotta knock down shots. We knocked down shots today. This was the difference in today’s game compared to Mexico.”

William Neal

“What do you think the day off made in terms of the performance that we saw today?”

Marques Johnson

“The day off was a godsend for us. The basketball gods smiled down favorably on us to play three games in three nights with the long minutes that Palacio has played, that Jourdan has played, that Carcamo’s played it would have been tough with a team like this young, athletic. I think they had a day off so they were feeling good about themselves. So the day off came at the right time. We got another day off tomorrow, get some more rest and be ready to play on Saturday.”

William Neal

“Any particular strategies for Puerto Rico and for the rest of the tournament?”

Marques Johnson

“Not right now. Right now we gotta look at the film of Puerto Rico, talk with my assistant coaches and just try and come up with something that we feel is going to be most effective. So right now we just want to enjoy this one.”


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9 Responses for “Belize topples Cuba in CentroBasket games in Dominican Republic”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    It’s a minor MIRACLE!!!!

  2. Belize It says:

    GO BELIZE!!!!!!

  3. Jacqueline says:

    So happy for Belize’s BIG WIN against Cuba. Keep it up guys! Come out with the same fighting spirit against Puerto Rico. I’ll be praying for you and I’ll definitely watch the game on Channel 5 in Belize City. Wish I was there.

  4. Proud Belizean says:

    Congrats! You make us proud!

  5. Louisville Ky says:

    I did not get a chance to see the game but seeing the results just give me ” cold seed”. I know overall as a people if given the opportunity, we are way better than we get credited for. Go deh strang my bwise!!!

  6. Kamikaze says:

    YAY!!! GO BELIZE GO!! i know very little bout Basketball but wherever You are i will be!! GO BELIZE! CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE GUYS…they’re already my personal Champions :)

  7. tim says:

    great game.. keep it up.. let’s take on PR now..

  8. nikki says:

    congrats boys… as u all move up cantinue to make us proud…

  9. Bernard Aguet: Congratulations " Team Belize". and your great coach, Marques Johnson. As a former Belizean All Star player, you guys make me feel so proud. remember, defence and then fast break. says:

    As a former Belize All Star Basketball player, it brings back great memories of how far our little Belize has progressed on the basketball world map.In your remaining games, remember, “Defence”. Fight the rebound boards, controll the ball and watch for the Fast Break Opportunity.Remember one thing, however, You are Belizeans, and you have already us ” Real Proud.

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