By BBN Staff: The Belize National Basketball Team returns to action this weekend as hosts to one of two pre-qualifying tournaments for the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 continental championship.
Belize hosts Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba and The Bahamas from February 22 to 24, each game tipping off at 8:30 p.m. at the Belize Civic Center.
The members of the team are not yet known but it is expected to be holdovers from the same group led by former player turned coach Milton Palacio.
The top two teams advance to join regional powerhouses Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela and the Virgin Islands in the qualifying round.
In a notice posted on Facebook the Belize Basketball Federation calls on supporters to come out and help the national side “defend Belize” and advance the furthest they have in international play since 2010.
Belize’s best international results are a gold medal in the 1998 Caribbean Championship held at the second incarnation of the Civic, and silver in the 2007 Central American championship to hosts Mexico. Belize defeated Cuba in the 2010 Centrobasket tournament but wound up seventh overall. Last year Belize crashed out of the Olympic qualifier after losing 58-52 to Costa Rica, having led most of the way. Before that a young national side came away with bronze at the Central American Games in Nicaragua.
Tickets covering both matches are on sale for ten dollars general admission; twenty-five dollars VIP and 50 dollars courtside at the Civic box office on Central American Boulevard or by calling/texting 638-BALL (2255). For those living outside the City, tickets will be held once called pending payment.
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