The National Basketball Team of Belize won bronze medals for the country in the XI Central American Games that was held in Nicaragua this month.
The victory represent the first medals for Belize at the games.
According to a release from the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF), Team Belize played their hearts out and held on to close out a 63-58 victory over Honduras to secure the medals.
“While the team was shooting for gold, this achievement against tough competition is encouraging for the BBF’s National Team Programme. Head Coach Milton Palacio, former NBA, Euroleague and Team Belize standout player, has pledged his commitment to continue the process of rebuilding the National Team Programme in developing young players and coaches going forward, and in preparation for the upcoming international basketball competition cycle,” the release from the BBF states.
In February 2018, the first round of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) AmeriCup competition will commence and will see the participation of Team Belize.
The FIBA AmeriCup competition marks the launch of a new competition and Olympic qualifying format, being adopted by FIBA which features a new “home and away” structure for international play.
This new format allows exposure of Team Belize and the country in each round, and permits fans with the best opportunity to provide maximum support when Belize host its opponents at each stage of play. The availability of the soon to be completed Belize Civic Center, with FIBA approved specifications, is therefore considered very timely.
The BBF is a non-profit organization which relies solely on contributions and assistance from the private sector and the public at large for their programmes.
On behalf of Chabil Mar Management and Staff, we extend congratulations to team Belize for winning bronze medals in Nicaragua.