Belize City, October 21, 2012
The Belize-Taiwaneese community’s organized its first annual Taiwan Double-10 National Day Basketball tournament at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium in Belize City on Sunday, October 21st, and the Belize team won. Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. David Wu presented the first prize and medals to Team Belize and 2nd prize to Team Chinese.
Junior Commissioner on the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, Alex Chang of Fen Lan Motors sponsored the event along with Lee Mark Chang of Chon Saan Palace.
Team Cayo finished the first round to enter the semifinals undefeated as the No. 1 seed with 2 wins: 48-40 over Team Youths and 37-34 over Team Belize. In Game 2, the Taiwan-Belize Seniors won 52-38 over Team Chinese.
In Game 4, Team Chinese made the semifinals as the No. 4 seed when they eliminated Team Youth: 37-21. Michael Guan top-scored with 13 points. Ming added 8 points, Allan Huang drained in a trey to add 7pts, and William Quan hit 2 treys as Team Chinese led 19-6 at the half. Nick Chang top scored for Team Youths with 8 points, Inaru Enriquez added 6pts, Chia Chen had 4 points and Jonathan Tseng added 2 points.
In Game 5, Team Belize made the semifinals as the No. 3 seed as they won 51-46 against Taiwan Belize Seniors. Clive Reyes top-scored with 10 points, Devon Defour had 6 points and Brandon Rogers added 5 points to lead 21-19 at the half. Keron Reyes added 4 points and played Big D, grabbing rebounds in the paint. Randall MacFadzean and Arden Pou each added a basket for the win. Andy Lin top-scored for the Taiwan Belize Seniors with 16 pts, David Ying added 4pts, Tony Liu and Aries Lin added 3 points each and Rei Lee had 2 points.
In Game 6, in the semfinal round, Team Chinese upset Team Cayo: 40-33. Michael Guan top scored for Team Chinese with 22 points, while Allan Huang hit a long trey, Christopher Zheng and Ming added 2 points each and William Quan scored one from the charity stripe. Team Chinese led 21-13 the half. Team Cayo’s Shimeon Simpson scored 8 points, Kevin Simpson added 6 points, and Justin Ortega and Godwin Sutherland scored 2 points each.
In Game 7, Team Belize advanced to the finals by eliminating the Taiwan Belize Seniors 35-33. Keron Reyes led Team Belize with 14 points, but Rei Lee top-scored for the Taiwan Seniors with 12 points as Taiwan led 20-15 at the half. Devon Defour added 11 pts for the Belize team and Clive Reyes added 6 points, Randall MacFadzean scored a basket and Arden Pou added a free throw for the 35-33 win. For Taiwan Seniors Tony Liu had 5 points, Bob Chang added 4 points and Aries Lin scored 2 points on a fast break. Andy Lin entered the game in the 2nd half but only scored 2 free throws and David Ying added one more.
In Game 8, the championship final, Team Belize won 45-35 over Team Chinese. Devon Defour top-scored for Team Belize with 12 points, and Clive Reyes and Keron Reyes added 6 points each to lead 31-14 at the half. Ming led Team Chinese with 10 points, Christopher Cheng and William Quan grabbed rebounds and played defense. Chinta Liu scored 4 points, as the Chinese boys tried for a comeback in the second half, but Arden Pou added 8 points and Winston Francis scored 4 points as Team Belize went on to win 47-30.
Other sponsors for the event included Golden Tree, Milky Way Restaurant, Global Village Hotel, Diane’s Dress Design, Eye Candy, Netking, Corozal Free Zone (CFZ) Chairman David Akierman, Jose Romero and several CFZ businesses including Belmex, Feliz, Joey’s Restaurant, B&C Co. Ltd., and the Sol Fashion Group.