ABS Hard Rock U-18 team’s five-game winning streak secures Copa Campeche basketball tournament championship
Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 11:46 a.m. CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Belize’s ABS Hard Rock Under 18 basketball team won a landslide victory in the Copa Campeche basketball tournament held in Mexico and brought home the 2022 champions.
The tournament was held from April 9-11 and the 9-man squad, which also featured four players from the Ahmadiyya Basketball League‘s Future Shocks team, played a total of five matches, winning all of their matches in spectacular fashion. .
Hard rock ABH dominated all five games, winning the opener against Toros de Cancun by 62 points with a final score of 94-32. Game 2 against the Jaguares was another 60-point win for ABS Hard rock, with the final score 82-22. Game 3 was closer, as Team Coral put up a tougher fight, but ABS Hard Rock still secured a decisive victory, with the final score at 64-32.
In the semi-final against Lee Ones, ABS Hard Rock closed at 62-39, securing their place in the final and solidifying their momentum. The championship game was the most competitive game played in the tournament, with the Hurricanes displaying the greatest defense of any team ABS Hard Rock had faced in the tournament. But when the final buzzer sounded, the score was 51-36.
The entire team played their best and represented Belize with commendable athleticism, including Devin Moody was awarded tournament MVP, scoring 26 points in the semi-finals and 17 points along with 10 rebounds and four assists in final.
Other players who stood out included Shane Pratt who had 22 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and five assists in the semifinals; as well as 15-year-old Michael Caceres, the youngest member of the team whose height of 6′ 4″ played a key role in the team’s rebounding ability.
The team arrived in Belize around 3:30am and have since caught up on some much needed rest.
Breaking Belize News congratulates ABS Hard Rock for their explosive display of Belizean talent and coming home as champions.
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