Mexican boys team champs in international basketball tournament

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Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 6:42pm

A team of indigenous Trique boys received a hero's welcome when they returned home from a basketball tournament where they overcame the odds and won the champions.

The team from the Southern Mexico state of Oaxaca won all six of its games to take this year's championship at the International Festival of Mini-Basketball held in Argentina.

Other teams in the tournament dubbed the boys the "Barefoot Mice from Mexico" because they are smaller than the other teams and some didn't wear shoes while playing.

Their coach says the boys compensate for their short stature with strength, speed and resistance.

On Thursday, the family and friends cheered them on as they arrived at the airport.

The boys' performance earned them round of applause last week on the floor of Mexico's Chamber of Deputies and even garnered accolade from President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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