Panama outduels Honduras in five sets
PANAMA CITY, Panama, August 24, 2014 – Panama had to play five
sets for second consecutive night but this time the home team
got a victory over Honduras in the last match of day two of the
U23 Men’s Central American Championship at Jose “Beto” Remon
The local team recovered from losing the first two sets to claim
the victory 3-2 (25-27, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-13).
Noriel Fuentes and Terry Alvarado each contributed 17 points in
the victory while Jose Gonzalez added 14. Emanuel Pitty and
Angel Beitía chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Alex Padilla was the best scorer for Honduras with 16 points,
followed by William Thompson and Diego Chavez with 16 and 10
Panamanian coach Eric Lucero commented that despite the lack of
experience of his junior players, they performed at their best.
Gonzalez, the captain of Panama, said they need to give the best
effort in each match and claimed for the support of the fans
since they are playing at home and need to enjoy the feeling of
playing as hosts.
Rony Martinez, coach of Honduras, didn’t want to say a lot as he
was disappointed with some calls by the referees while the
captain Cristobal Madriaga gave credit to the Panamanians for
playing hard and recovering from a 0-2 score.