Torres during a decisive game. Photo: Prensa Latina

Cuban basketball players Orestes Torres and Lisván Valdés finished second in the last round of El Salvador’s basketball league, after their team Santa Tecla BC lost against Halcones de Sonzacate in the final.
The title was decided in the fourth and final round of this series, with a score of 74-83, depriving the pair from Havana of a repeat of their past win against the Halcones de Sonzacate in the last championship.
Led by Captain Jared Ruiz, from Puerto Rico, top scorer with 32 points, 11 rebounds and seven set ups, Sonzacate dominated the competition with three wins and one loss to secure their first title in the history of the tournament.
During the final, Torres scored 20 points, while a penalty incurred after a clash between Valdés and Sonzacate’s Marco Tejeda on Saturday, November 4, which Santa Tecla BC immediately appealed, saw the Cuban benched for the entire match.
The series final of the Salvadoran competition was marked by hostile and offensive behavior from the Sonzacate fans toward the Tecla BC team and match referees. According to a report from Charly Morales, Prensa Latina correspondent in El Salvador, a photojournalist documenting the actions of the Sonzacate fans against the Santa Tecla players was assaulted by the president of the winning team’s entourage, after fans stormed the pitch, causing the local police to intervene.
Santa Tecla called on the Salvadoran Basketball Federation and national Major League to sanction to the Sonzacate team, however, no action has been taken to date.
A total of six Cuban players are currently on loan to Salvadoran teams, which as well as Torres and Valdés, include, point guard Osmel Oliva from Artemisa, center Yoel Cubillas from Villa Clara, with the El Rápido team; in addition to two female players: Arlenis Romero and the recently acquired Leydis Oquendo, both with Santa Tecla.