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San Ignacio-Santa Elena Basketball Association hosts Guatemalan basketball academy in one-day tournament

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2022. 8:58 am CST.

Photo Credit: SSBA

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The San Ignacio-Santa Elena Basketball Association on Sunday hosted teams from the Flores Basketball Academy from Flores, Petén, Guatemala teams in a one-day tournament at the Resilience Center at the Victor Galvez Stadium in San Ignacio.

Nine games total were played in different age groups, both in  male and female categories.

According to SSBA president Mark O’Brien, the Flores Basketball Academy has a female team competing in its Cayo tournament and it was through that connection that the Flores Basketball Academy brought a number of their Guatemalan teams to play SSBA selections.

“Our tournament has different categories,” said O’Brien.

“When they come to play, they see all these kids playing, they are like,  you know what, they have an academy over there, and they wanted to come and play us over here in Belize. But they do want us to return the favour as well, which is something positive for these kids.”

The Flores Basketball Academy won the first two games, 25-6 in the Under-7 Girls’ and 18-5 in the Under-7 Boys’.

The SSBA took the next two, 27-10 in the Under-10 Mixed and 15-9 in the Boys Under 12.

The Flores Academy then won the Under-15 Girls’ 12-8.

The sixth game saw the SSBA take down the Flores Academy 41-19 in the Boys’ Under-15.

In Game 7, the SSBA won 22-17 in the Women’s [email protected] in Game 8, the SSBA beat the Flores Basketball Academy 53-23.

Since the Flores Academy didn’t bring a Men’s Senior Team, the SSBA’s top two teams played an exhibition game in which Assassins triumphed 63-54 over Venom.

The SSBA also used the event as a fundraiser to buy portable basketball hoops for their children’s teams.


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