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U.B Black Jaguars Win C.A. Basketball Gold

The University of Belize Black Jaguars remained undefeated as they won the Central American universities’ basketball championhship, capturing the gold medal at the IV Central American University Games, (Juegos Deportivos Universitarios Centroamericanos – JUDUCA), in Guatemala City last week, April 16 – 20.

The UB Black Jaguars triumphed 57-51 over the hosts, the University of San Carlos, in the championship finals to take the gold, and the Guatemalans had to settle for the silver. The UB Jaguars had advanced to the finals by victories over Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. The basketball gold medalists were led by Farron Lauriano, and included Michael Martinez,  Winston “Air Jun” Pratt, Daniel Nolberto, Travis Lennan, Ryan Zuniga, Alfred Bainton, Uhuru Mckoy, Kent Welch, Lindbergh “Prince” Graham, and Steven “Muerte” Williams under the technical direction of Coach Darren Bovell.

UB track and field athletes also won two bronze medals; Irice Reyes leaped 4.95 metres to win a bronze medal in the long jump, while and Mark Anderson ran the 200 m in 11:01 seconds to also win a bronze medal.

UB had also competed in the men’s volleyball and football competit9ins in which they finished fourth. The UB girls and men had also competed in track and field, and the entire Belize delegation included more than 60 athletes and coaches.

Elton Moore and Yserri Palacio led the UB Volleyball team which included,  Jaleel Lino, Werner Castaneda, Arnie Augustine, Radin Santos,  Rasheed Arzu, Darlis Avila,  Orel Leslie, Amir Paquil,  Drew Gill and  Keiner Loriz, coachesd by Leon Leslie and Claude Jones

Semipro stars the Makin brothers, Devon and Andres, led the football team which included Allen Armstrong, Garrett Bermudez, Jatta Caliz,  Delvin Jacobs, Keenen Lopez, Brian Membreno, Sean Lewis, Zadock Moore, Wani Morgan, George Ortega, James Petillo, Highking Roberts, Justin Wade, Gerardo Vanegas, Benedicto Yatz and Kaylon Young, coached by Paul Morgan, with assistant coaches Danilo Marcilio and Ian Sangste

The track and field girls included Misty Tablada, Kimberly Spence, and Elsaida Castillo, coached by Eda Arzu; while male track team included, Rashim Pitts, Deron Russe and Skyler Williams, coached by Luke Martinez.

The UB athletes competed against their Central America counterparts from 15 other universities in chess, soccer/football, basketball, track and field, futsal, table tennis, swimming, karate, and volleyball.

JUDUCA is held every two years as part of the Central American Integration System (SICA), with a view to integrate the region’s university students through the fellowship of sports and cultural coexistence. The Central American University Higher Council (CSUCA) and the Regional Council Vice Chancellor of Student Life (CONREVE) organizes and supports the games.

UB administration also thanks the Belize Amateur Athletic Association (BAAA), its President Ian Gray; the Ministry of Transport, Director of Transport Crispin Jefferies and all students, parents and university faculty members who helped to make UB’s participation such a success.


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