Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2021. 9:52 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Belize Ek’ Balam Pok Ta Pok Team has won four consecutive games in the Pok Ta Pok World Cup in Merida, Mexico. The team was expected to play all six first round games on Thursday, but time ran out and the other two had to be left for Friday.
National Team Coach Menalio Novelo Sr said that the Belize team, which is the defending champion, won all four games played on Thursday in the final two games of the Maya ballgame world championship played on Thursday.
Ek’ Balam Belize’s trounced Panama #2 Team 74-2 in Game 3 and dumped Guatemala’s Micude 34-1 in Game 4.
In the first game of the day, Ek’ Balam Belize swept Panama’s #1 Team 60-0 before taking down Mexico champs San Pedro Chimay 23-7.
All in all, Belize scored 191 points in the four games only allowing 10.
Tomorrow Belize will play Guatemala’s Ajpopab in their fifth game before facing the homestanding 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 also played on Friday.
According to Novelo, in the semifinals 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 to the finals which be played on Friday as well.
Ek’ Balam Belize won the Maya ballgame world championship in 2017 and 2019.
The team is comprised of Captain Didier Novelo, Franz Novelo, Menalio Novelo Jr., Luigie Gonzalez, Abner Sosa Jr., Akhil Hernandez, Vicente Suchite, and Jonathan Sosa.
Felicita Cantun is the Assistant Manager.
Ek’ Balam Belize won the Pok Ta Pok World Cup in 2017 and 2019.
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