Bufalos Ciego de Avila and Mambisas Santiago de Cuba will defend their reigns from February 17 when Major League Basketball (LSB) begins with its men’s and women’s tournaments. “This is a competition that we must protect at all costs. We all have to make it shine because this is the second sporting event in the country,” admitted Agustin Abril, national director of organization and programming for Inder, during the technical meeting of the fight.
In the upcoming edition, eight groups will remain in the men’s section, and this time, in addition to the current title holders from Ciego de Ávila, representatives from Santiago de Cuba, Villa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Mayabeque, Artemisa, Las Tunas and Capital, unlike last season, eight groups will compete in the women’s tournament: Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey, Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Pinar del Rio and Capitalinas.
According to the competition calendar received by our editors, among men there will be an all-against-all match in two rounds, and the qualification stage will end on April 8, and a new system will be implemented in the women’s tournament, consisting of alternating groups, which will have three windows and several sites , and its regular phase will end on March 9th. In both fairs, there will be five games in the semi-final duels to win three, and in the crown debate, teams that win twice will become monarchs.
Thankfully, the much-loved Game of the Stars (and their respective skill tests) will be conducted for both genders, which was exclusive to men in the previous version.
“Certainly it will be a big challenge for the Cuban sports movement to host this Major League edition; We all know the economic situation in which the country is. The participating provinces and the organization will make every effort to ensure that the competition is held for approximately three months. In 2022, this could be achieved with great impact, so we hope that this year it will be achieved as well,” he said. rebellious youth Dahlia Henry, National Commissioner for Discipline.
Henry has announced that some players will not be able to participate with their teams for the entire season as they will have to fulfill contracts abroad, such as Leanet Gutiérrez from Ciego de Avila, whose agreement has already been approved and is due to travel to El Salvador. soon where she could also play her with Rachel Contreras. Confessor Yamar Amargo is close to signing a contract with a club in Mexico.
For his part, Eduardo Moya, head coach of the national men’s team, recalled that the athletes so far hired are Jaciel Rivero, Carel Guzmán, Marcos Chacón and Marlon Diaz from Havana, Yoel Cubilla from Villa Clara, Yoanchi Mencia from Yayabero and Pedro. Bombino from Ciego de Avila. Villa Clara center forward Sergio Machado has great potential to join the Salvadoran basketball team.
During a technical conference in which each team chose their reinforcement, the board mentioned the main international tournaments of Cuban basketball in 2023: Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador (men and women), qualifying windows for the America’s Cup 2025 (men). and the Women’s America’s Cup, which offers tickets to the Pan American Games in Chile from October to November.
Source: Juventud Rebelde