Coleman leads Belize win over Panama in four sets
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, November 14, 2018.-
Karym Coleman scored 29 points to lead Belize 3-1 (25-17, 25-15,
21-25, 25-12) over Panama at the twentieth Men’s AFECAVOL
Central American Championship at FESAVOL gymnasium in San
Salvador, El Salvador.
Karym Coleman 29 points helped Belize improve their win-loss
record 2-3 with ten ranking points. Panama drops to 1-3 record
and stands with 5 points.
Panama was unorganized, their presentation was weak and lacking
their usual energy. It wasn’t up to the third set that Panama
got in better shape forcing longer and exciting rallies to
extend the match longer.
Belize had a comfortable performance to lead with huge 55-36
margin in kills and a sizeable 11-2 advantage in blocks. Panama
committed one less error than Belize (30-31) and there were no
Coleman scored on 25 kills and 4 blocks, Francis Hauze added 14
points and Anfernee Archer 12 points. Opposite Otto Othon led
Panama with 13 points and Oswald Marshall chipped in with 8
Belize (2-3) will rest on Thursday, while Panama (1-3) faces
defending champion Guatemala (4-0).
Karym Coleman said “we lost a set because the team got
comfortable, Panama started to adjust on their long hitting and
to pick more balls. We recovered in the fourth, hitting stronger
and shorter, we also blocked better and making it more difficult
for Panama to overcome us. My team was steadier today but we
would like to have more fire and with passion to win”.
Cuban Esmidio Limonta, coach of Belize said “I want to underline
that half of our regular team stayed back home, because of work
or study commitments. The team came out to win, it was important
to add more points and climb in ranking; we hope to finish in
fourth place, its possible playing well against Guatemala”.
Head coach of Panama Horacio Angulo expressed that his team
didn’t play “my team was lost, I had to make changes, and they
were out of system. I used a defense as setter; it worked in the
third set. My outside hitters aren’t performing well; they
commit more errors than scoring points; my middle blockers are
scoring more. Belize took advantage; they were stable and
finished with an important result”.