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Belize Ek’ Balam three-peat as Pok Ta Pok World Champions

Posted: Saturday, December 4, 2021. 9:06 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ek’ Balam Belize Pok Ta Pok Team won its third consecutive Pok Ta Pok World Championship Final on Friday evening in Merida, Mexico. Previously Ek’ Balam Belize won the 2017 and 2019 Maya ball game championships.

Belize beat Mexico’s Yucatan Pok Ta Pok 35-11 in the final.

The Belize team was overpowering in the two-day tournament winning all eight games in an overwhelming fashion over the opponents from Mexico, Guatemala, and Panama. El Salvador and Honduras didn’t show up for the tournament.

Guatemala’s Micude triumphed over Mexico champions San Pedro Chimay in the third-place match.

Earlier on Friday, Ek’ Balam Belize defeated Guatemala’s Micude 34-14 in the semifinals while Yucatan Pok Ta Pok Selection beat San Pedro Chimay in the other semifinal.

The Belize Team reached the semifinals undefeated with a 6-0 record having won its four games on Thursday and the final two of the qualifying round on Friday.

Ek’ Balam Belize gained their second shutout of the tournament on Friday morning blowing out Guatemala’s Ajpopab 23-0 and then proceeded to defeat Mexico’s Pok Ta Pok Team 41-6.

On Thursday, Ek’ Balam Belize started out pounding Panama’s #1 Team 60-0, then defeating Mexico champs San Pedro Chimay 23-7. In the third game, Ek’ Balam walked over the Panama #2 Team 74-2 before thumping Guatemala’s Micude 34-1 in Game 4.

In all eight games, Ek’ Balam Belize scored 324 points allowing only 41.

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. Menalio Novelo Sr is the Manager/Coach and Felicita Cantun is the Assistant Manager.


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