Mexico wins 2009 CoCaBa, defeats Belize 106-103

Rommel Beck scored 26 points and Noe Alonzo 21 as Mexico was able to withstand a 43 point outburst from Belize’s Marlon Garnett to win the CoCaBa Championship (discuss the game).

The match was tightly-contested with high drama and tensions surrounding the official status Belize’s players.

After a high-scoring first quarter, Mexico extended to a nine-point lead, 54-45, into halftime, only to see Belize outscore them by ten in the third period, giving Belize a one-point margin going into the final period.

In the final stanza, it seemed as Mexico was going to pull away as they took a 103-100 lead with less than a minutes remaining.  That’s when Garnett struck his tenth three-pointer of the game, knotting the score at 103 with just 33 seconds remaining on the clock.

A questionable intentional foul was then called on Belize’s Keenan Jourdon, and Mexico’s veteran center Horacio Llamas calmly sank two free throws to put Mexico up two with possession of the ball.

Belize was forced to foul again to stop the clock, now with 19 seconds remaining.  After Gustavo Ayon split his pair of free throws, Mexico was up by three 106-103.

Milt Palacio missed a three at the buzzer when Belize wasn’t able to get the ball to Garnett, and Mexico pulled out the victory.  The Belizean players were obviously upset with the intentional foul call in such a close game.

The 36-year old Horacio Llamas scored 20 points and pulled in 4 rebounds, and Anthony Pedroza contributed 12 points for Team Mexico.

Belize’s Garnett  was 11-17 from the field, with ten of those field goals being three-pointers.  Alex Cárcamo had 26 points for Belize and Milt Palacio scored 16 points and passed out a game-high 6 assists.

Garnett hit eight of his ten three-pointers in the first and fourth quarter, including three in the last three minutes. This was the second time in the CoCaBa championships that a player has hit ten three-pointers, Rommel Beck did so earlier in the tournament against Costa Rica in helping him score 40 points.


  • Yeah! iAriba Mexico! Romel Beck and Horacio Llamas are awesome!

  • I think Al means that the referees are awesome!

  • BzedaBaddest

    definately a questionable called…Kudos for the referees to make a calculated call to give Mexico the victory…Mexico faired the bzean team from the beginning of the tournament…Big Up Belizean Heritage Team

  • Peter Lacey

    That was the most intense game that I have ever been too. Belize had a good showing in Cancun with anywhere from 500 to 700 fans present. We rocked Benito Juarez which gave our players a feeling as if they were on their own court. They played their hearts out for us. It’s a pity the refs made a mistake with the flagrant foul in a critical part of the game. Marlon Garnett has quickly cemented his legacy in Belizean Basketball Aura with his 43 pts which included his record tying 10 3 pointers. If I had to do it all over again even if I knew Belize was going to lose I would go to Canucn. I am very proud to call myself a Belizean and when we meet Mexico again next year for the Centro Basketball Tourney in Puerto Rico I am going to make sure I am there to watch Belize put a whooping on Mexico!!!

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