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Belize’s Ek Balam team starts off well, wins first two games in Pok Ta Pok World Cup in Mexico

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Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2021. 6:11 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Ek’ Balam Belize started off the defense of its world title on a good foot at the Pok Ta Pok World Cup in Merida, Mexico, winning their first two matches.

According to National Team Coach Menalio Novelo Sr, the Belize pok ta pok team swept Panama #1 Team 60-0 in the first match.

Then, in the second they took down Mexico champs San Pedro Chimay 23-7.

Ek’ Balam Belize’s third game was against Panama 2.

In the fourth match, Ek’ Balam was to face Guatemala’s Micude before taking on Guatemala’s Ajpopab in their fifth encounter at 5:00 pm. The final game of the day for the Belize National team is at 5:30 pm against the home-standing Yucatan Selection of Mexico.

The seven teams competing are playing a round-robin first round which qualifies the top four to the semifinals which will be played on Friday, December 3.

The games will be streamed live at Belize Pok Ta Pok on Facebook said National Team Coach Menalio Novelo Sr

According to Novelo, in the semifinals, the top-seeded team will match up against the fourth-place team while the second-seeded will take on the third-place team.

The two semifinal winners qualify for the finals which will also be played on Friday.

Ek’ Balam Belize won the Maya ballgame world championship in 2017 and 2019.

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