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COCABA Standingss
1. Mexico 5-0
2. Costa R. 4-1
3. El Salv. 3-2
4. Guatema. 1-4
5. Honduras 1-4
6. Nicarag. 1-4
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Mexican National Team 2007

Mexican National Team 2007





4 Adam Parada (213-C-81) of Fastlink (JOR)
5 Romel Beck (202-G/F-82) of Gatos de Monagas Cats (VEN)
6 Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79) of Gaiteros de Zulia (VEN)

7 Horacio Llamas (211-C-73) of Dorados de Playa del Carmen
8 Arim Abdul Solares (202-F/C-83) of Santos Reales de San Luis
9 Jesus Ramses Benitez (209-C-79) of Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon
10 Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) of Halcones de la UV Xalapa
11 Omar Quintero (183-G-81) of Marinos de Anzoategui (VEN)
12 Hector Hernandez (206-F-86) of Fresno State University (USA)
13 Enrique Zuniga (193-G-75) of Frayles de Guasave
14 Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85) of Vaqueros de Agua Prieta
15 Victor Avila (209-C-77) of Caballeros de Culiacan
Head Coach: Nolan Richardson
Coach Assistants: Andy Stoglin and Wayne Sthlik

  COCABA 2007 individual awards  - Jul. 24, 2007
At the end of the COCABA Championship, the local player Miguel Banos (186-F-84) was unanimously named the MVP of the competition. Banos was also the third best scorer with 16,6 ppg. The MVP ballot runner-up was Mexican Romel Beck (202-G/F-82, college: UNLV), who was also the COCABA 2007 Top Scorer with 19,4 ppg

  Mexico buries even El Salvador - Jul. 23, 2007
Team Mexico ended at the first place undefeated the COCABA Championship 2007, with another impressive demonstration of strength over home team El Salvador. The final score was 134-55, and seven Mexican players ended the game in double digits. Romel Beck (202-G/F-82, college: UNLV) was the best in Game 5, with 24 pts, 3 rebounds and 1 steal, and, for sure, was one of the best players in all the COCABA Tournment.

  Mexico wins COCABA 2007  - Jul. 23, 2007
Team Mexico ended undefeated the 2007 edition of the COCABA Championship, largely defeating the home team El Salvador in Day 5 . The final score was 134-55, and the top guns in Mexico were Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) and Romel Beck (202-G/F-82, college: UNLV), with 22 and 24 points, respectively. The only player to end in double digits In the home team was Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84), with 11. The other team that advances to Centrobasket is Costa Rica, winner in the last day over Honduras 79-61, while the surprise of the Day 5 was Guatemala, winner over Nicaragua 80-64. See here down the definitive standings:
Mexico 5-0 489 294 195
Costa Rica 4-1 431 376 55
El Salvador 3-2 296 298 -2
Guatemala 1-4 349 414 -65
Honduras 1-4 317 444 -127
Nicaragua 1-4 391 447 -56

  Mexico routs Honduras - Jul. 22, 2007
In the fourth game of the COCABA Championship, played yesterday afternoon in San Salvador, Team Mexico overwhelmed Honduras 145-43, led by Omar Quintero (183-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene) with 21 pts, Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) with 20 and Romel Beck (202-G/F-82, college: UNLV) with 19. William Waterhouse (200-C-75) was the best in Honduras, with 12. The last game of the competition is scheduled for tonight vs. home team El Salvador, and the superior size and experience of Mexico allow to forecast another easy win.

  Day 3 recap: Only Mexico is undefeated  - Jul. 22, 2007
Afer that Mexico humiliated Guatemala 125-69, Costa Rica defeated Nicaragua, and El Salvador needed of an overtime to prevail 79-72 over Honduras. The regular time, in fact, ended 66-66, and the veterans Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84) and Arturo Mata (183-G/F-71) led the home team in the overtime. Banos was the game top scorer with 16, Mata added 12 pts, and Schacun Malave (200-F/C-79, college: New York Tech) scored 13 pts and was very important under the boards. William Waterhouse (200-C-75) led Honduras with 15 pts, Rony Palacios (190-G-77) Selvin Connor (200-F-74) and Walter Rodriguez added 12 pts each. The standings are now as follows:
1. Mexico 3-0 344 251 93 6
2. Costa Rica 2-1 265 236 29 5
3.El Salvador 2-1 207 214 -7 5
4. Honduras 1-2 213 220 -7 4
5. Nicaragua 1-2 243 278 -35 4
6. Guatemala 0-3 190 263 -73 3

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  Destroying Guatemala  - Jul. 21, 2007
Too much difference in size and playing level: in Day 3 of COCABA Championsip, Team Mexico easily beat Guatemala 125-69. With 15 points each, Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) and Jesus Ramses Benitez (209-C-79) were the best in Mexico, with Romel Beck (202-G/F-82, college: UNLV), Hector Hernandez (206-F-86) and Enrique Zuniga (193-G-75, college: Grand Canyon) adding 13 pts each. Guatemalan Ricardo Amaya (186-G-84) was the game top scorer with 17.

  Costa Rica takes another win  - Jul. 21, 2007
Team Costa Rica defeated host team El Salvador in Day 2 of the COCABA Championship and prevailed over Nicaragua 88-76 yesterday afternoon, in the first game of Day 3, confirming its good shape. Towering Hernol Hall (205-C-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Lon Morris JC) was the main performer with 25 pts, Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75) and Franklyn Ferguson (198-C/F-77, college: Ks Wesleyan) added 15 points each. The "Ticos" are at the second place, and will play this afternoon Guatemala, probably the worse team in the competition.

  One win and one loss for El Salvador too - Jul. 21, 2007
After defeating 63-59 Guatemala in Day 1 led by Schacun Malave (200-F/C-79, college: New York Tech) and Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84), Team El Salvador faced an hard job vs. Costa Rica in Day 2, and felt 65-83. Only Mexico is now undefeated, and Costa Rica showed all its strengths and size, confirming that is the #2 ranked team, with hopes to win the gold. The complete standings table after the first two days is the one down:
1 Mexico 2-0 219 182 37 4
2 Costa Rica 1-1 177 160 17 3
3 Honduras 1-1 141 141 0 3
4 El Salvador 1-1 128 142 -14 3
5 Nicaragua 1-1 167 190 -23 3
6 Guatemala 0-2 121 138 -17 2

  One win and one loss for Nicaragua - Jul. 20, 2007
Team Nicaragua started the 2007 edition of the COCABA Championship defeating Honduras 79-66, led by Troy Watson (197-F/C-82), who scored 22 pts, and Alvin Camacho (191-G/F-78), who added 20. Yesterday night, Team Mexico was too much for the Nicaraguans, who felt 88-124, with Rudy Taylor (198-F-83) and Elijah Allen (194-F-73) being the last to surrender, after scoring 15 points each. This afternoon, Nicaragua will meet Costa Rica in an important game.

  Guatemala Falls again, but where are its centers ?  - Jul. 20, 2007
In Day 2 of COCABA Championship, Guatemala felt again, this time to Honduras 75-62, being outrebounded 26-20, with the only Gerson Duarte (202-C-83) able to compete under the boards, at the end the team top scorer with 16 points. No one can explain why NT coach Conrado del Valle opted to leave at home two good inside players like Juan Pablo Trigueno (200-F/C-83) and Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, agency: Rhonda Price, college: Regis), and one of the best scorers in Guatemala, like Walter Morales (184-G-83).

  Mexico triumphs again in COCABA Tournment  - Jul. 20, 2007
After struggling a lot to defeat Costa Rica in Day 1 of the competition, Team Mexico took a clear win in the first game of Day 2, destroying Nicaragua 124-88 and keeping the top of the table. The best performers had been Romel Beck (202-G/F-82, college: UNLV) with 26 pts and Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) with 25 in Day 1, and Omar Quintero (183-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene) with 20 pts and again Romel Beck with 17 in Day 2

  Day 1: Mexico almost shocked by Costa Rica - Jul. 19, 2007
Very ambitious Costa Rica was close to make a big surprise being slightly edged by much higher ranked Mexico 95-94 in the opener of COCABA in El Salvador.
In the second game host El Salvador beat Guatemala 63-59, in the third one Nicaragua defeated Honduras.
Day 1 Results:
Mexico - Costa Rica 95-94 (Romel Beck 26 - Henry Martinez 33)
El Salvador - Guatemala 63-59 (- Oscar Salguero 17)
Nicaragua - Honduras 79-66 (Troy watson 22, Alvin Camacho 20 - William Waterhouse 14)

  Guatemala falls to El Salvador in Day 1 of COCABA  - Jul. 19, 2007
Scoring 14 and 17 points respectively, Enrique Samayoa (191-F-82) and Oscar Salguero (196-F) led Team Guatemala in losing effort in the first game of the 2007 edition of the COCABA Championship for Senior National teams. The final score was 63-59 for El Salvador, the roster of Guatemala is as follows: Ricardo Amaya (186-G-84), Carlos Vallejo, Paulo Castillo, Enrique Samayoa, Oscar Salguero, Rudy Del Valle (180-G-84), Jose Ortiz, Heberth Rodriguez (185-G-82), Gerson Duarte (202-C-83), Alejandro Carrillo, Bernie Diaz

  COCABA Championship at the start  - Jul. 17, 2007
Starting from tomorrow, El Salvador will host the 2007 edition of the COCABA Championship for Senior National teams. The Tournment will run from July 18 to 22, and the male teams competing will be Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador. The female tournment will be played in the same days, and the teams registered are Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Coach Enrique Samour made some surprising calls, adding to the El Salvador roster four players based in USA, Schacun Malave (200-C-79, college: New York Tech), George Medrano (180-G-88), Michael Meza (193-F-89) and Luis Turcios (G-76). The other players will be Carlos Ochoa (198-C-82), Eduardo Garcia (185-G/F-88), Bob Hunter (193-F-76), Arturo Mata (183-G/F-71), Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84), Mario Flores (183-G-85), Enrique Lopez (183-G/F-85) and Jose Orellana (189-F-87). The reserve players are Abilio Vadillo (180-G-78), Julio Barahona (189-F-88) and Isidro Andaluz (178-G-88). It is clear that some top players haven' t been put in the roster because they refused to attend the practice sessions scheduled by coach Samour, who has now a younger and totally new team.

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