Ayón Nets Double-Double; Mexico Prepares For Round Two

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

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After a somewhat surprising winning streak to start the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, Mexico finally suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday night, a 98-78 setback at the hands of Argentina.

Mexico finished first round group play 3-1, advancing to the second round as the group’s #2 seed.  They have five points carrying over and are in position to qualify for the FIBA World Cup next year in Spain, which is somewhat remarkable considering they didn’t even qualify for FIBA Americas and were the replacement team for suspended Panama.

New Atlanta Hawk Gustavo Ayón scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.  He also had three assists and two blocks in 32 minutes of action in the losing effort.  New Pacers backup center Luis Scola led Argentina with 25 points.

Despite the loss, Mexico has given its fans hope headed into the eight-team round two field.  Play begins Thursday, and Mexico will be looking forward to the day off after playing three games in as many days.

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images

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