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Monday, March 21, 2016
Bethelmy: "For us it was something big"
by: FIBA
BARQUISIMETO (Liga de las Americas) - The commitments of the Professional League of Venezuela did not leave much space to extend the celebration of Guaros de Lara, for their brilliant conquest of the Liga de las Americas. However, the memory remains fresh in the new champions.

Although the team had to travel to La Guaira just 24 hours after the historic win over Baurú by 84-79, the minds of the players of Guaros flashes back to those moments of triumph, glory and joy.

One of the most experienced players, forward Luis Bethelmy stressed that "we still have the feeling of thinking of that moment and feeling something that gives us an extra strength, a force of happiness. A couple of day have passed from that achievement and we still live that moment. For us it was a big deal, because we know the confidence that the club leadership has on us, that as an organization they just wants to live these great achievements. We prepared for this title and it was great to have achieved it, because it gives us much more confidence."

Guaros had two very tough games in the Final4 played in Barquisimeto, but there appeared the best of the team, that deployed the virtues that led them to the definition of the Liga de las Americas.

"In international tournaments every game is a final and therefore, every day, if you want to win the tournament, the matches will be more difficult. In general, all games were difficult, we applied what the coach wanted that was the key. In the Final we made clear that we can defend and that great defense can win every game. That defense was the one that gave us the tournament title in the last game against Baurú," said the Venezuelan forward.

The set of Lara had a first stage and the semifinal with an irregular performance, but in the Final4 they achieved the desired consistency.

To Bethelmy "it is complicated to concatenate victories with irregularities that at times we had. But little by little we got better, at home, with the support of our audience, were influential issues that led to the best version of Guaros in the final phase."

The new champion of America has a roster with several players with renowned and history, together with three foreign reinforcement players on the team, which may raise doubts about a harmonious coexistence.

The forward, who has long experience in the national team of Venezuela, explained that the key is "respect. It is the most important within a team. Everyone knows their role and also the hierarchy. Maturity is vital to feel like family. We support foreigners like them to us. We do not play for yourself, we are interested in winning. There are stars in every team, but we're here to win tournaments, not filling out forms. From the novice to the most experienced we enter with the same mentality, to be champions."

The continental conquest of Guaros joins other joys lived by Venezuelan basketball, like the 2014 South American Championship and the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, achieved by the vinotinto.

On the reasons that led to live those titles, Bethelmy, said "is the remuneration to the effort, work and, above all, to the constancy of wanting to be winners. This means a lot for the Venezuelan sport, as we have often been questioned. Venezuelan fan is strong, because they know basketball. That is a thermometer that have been able to control with wins at the high level and making it clear that every time we represent our country for the top prize in any tournament."



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