MANAGUA (Nicaragua) – The second edition of the Basketball Champions League Americas is approaching and the teams are starting to fully prepare. This is the case of Real Estelí, the only Nicaraguan representative in the competitions. Coached by Puerto Rican David Rosario, they face the continental meeting in good spirits, having won the “Liga Superior” (LSB) for the third time.
“Winning the championship for the third time was very important, not only for me, but for all the fans. We did a great job throughout the tournament, and luckily we were able to celebrate. I’m very happy to have been chosen as MVP of the final., I’m having one of the best moments of my career, ”said one of the team’s most important players, Bartel López.
The “Tren del Norte” (North Train), as the club is known locally, wants to continue to leave an imprint in the international context. His first continental participation was in the “Copa Centroamericana de Clubes” (Central American Club Cup) in 2018, which she won, as well as the right to participate in the Liga de las Américas 2019. He also played in the first BCLA, making history by reaching the quarterfinals against the Argentinian team, Instituto de Córdoba.
“The international tournaments have greatly improved our individual and team play. The BCLA’s record last season was very positive, we have made history and we want to continue to grow as a team. We are very happy to be able to participate. again. We know we need a little more experience, but we’ll do it step by step. We want to be the protagonists and champions of the Americas, “said López.
The Nicaraguan team has a national player base formed by Bartel López, Jensen Campbell and Dalton Cacho, supported by Jeleel Akindele (Nigeria), Jezreel de Jesús (Puerto Rico) and new recruits: JC Fuller (USA), Delroy James (Guayana) and Renaldo Balkman (Puerto Rico). On Wednesday February 3, Real Estelí debuts against Caballos de Coclé (Panama) in Group A.