Sports — 19 July 2013 — by Brads Neal
Hoop Dreams Belize are U16 Copa Cancun Champs

Hoop Dreams Belize’s performance was outstanding in the U16 Copa Cancun Basketball Tournament.

The team traveled to Cancun, Mexico on July 10 and returned on July 15. The U16 male category comprised of 13 teams divided into 3 divisions – A, B and C.

Hoop Dreams Belize dominated the A division, winning all four games, imposing their defensive and offensive excellence throughout the entire tournament. The fans packed the stadium, appreciating the high energy and classy display of unselfish basketball performed by our young basketball ambassadors.

Game 1 – Manatees 37, Hoop Dreams Belize 64

Game 2 – Hoop Dreams Belize 71, Club Roscos 21

Game 3 – Hoop Dreams Belize 74, Mapaches 38

Game 4 – Hoop Dreams Belize 62, YBOA 23

Advancing to the semi-finals and eventually to the finals was a great accomplishment, being that the teams we faced were bigger, representing structured clubs supported by huge fan bases from as far away as Mexico City and cities near the US border. 109 teams participated in the tournament.

The 6 weeks of preparation proved to have been the key to our success, as our performance and confidence grew stronger game by game. Playing two games per day within a 3-day period was a challenge of its own. Yet, our players displayed high basketball IQ’s, executing our designed press to perfection, while on offence showcasing our brilliance moving the ball, shifting their opposing defense, attacking the paint relentlessly and scoring at will.

Game 5 – Pumas Uman 36, Hoop Dreams Belize 89

Game 6 – Caguameros Isla 56, Hoop Dreams Belize 86

MVP of Tournament – Glincy “Cope” Lopez

Coach of Tournament – Brads Neal

The Hoop Dreams Belize basketball family would like to thank all of our supporters for making this tournament possible. Giving our youths an opportunity to display their God gifted talent is a wise investment in our community. Let’s Go Belize!!!!!!!!

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