Ayón Earns MVP Honors As Mexico Wins Gold

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Gustavo Ayón and Mexico completed their improbable run to the FIBA Americas Championship game with a 91-89 win over Puerto Rico Wednesday night.

Ayón scored 20 points and pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds to complete a magnificent individual tournament performance that crowned him MVP.

Ayón also made the all-tournament team, averaging 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Puerto Rico and Mexico exchanged leads throughout the fourth quarter, and the Puerto Ricans missed an open three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it.

Mexico replaced Panama in the tournament, which also served as the qualifier for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.  That tournament takes place every four years.  Mexico joins Puerto Rico, Argentina and the Dominican Republic as teams that qualified from the tournament.

Mexico was not expected to advance but instead won gold for the first time in 35 years.

After a terrific tournament, Ayón now turns his focus toward preparing for Atlanta Hawks training camp in October.

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5 Responses to “Ayón Earns MVP Honors As Mexico Wins Gold”

  1. J.Caesar Cervantes

    I have watch this young man before anyone knew who he was I told a lot of people that he had what it takes to play in the NBA everyone though I was crazy but now the world knows what I knew a long time ago and he is just getting started

    • Sergio

      He has improved a lot since he played for Halcones Xalapa in the Mexican League. When he moved to Spain he has his eyes fixed in become an NBA player, and after a great season with Fuenlabrada, he was named MVP rockie player with an amazing performance during the second half of the tournament. In NBA had a lot of troubles in gaining minutes at the court, but everytime he had the opportunity to play he showed his talent, probably not showing his good performance in the stats. Hopefully, after be awarded as MVP in FIBA Americas he can gain his couch confidence and gain minutes at the court. He need however to improve his english speaking as this might probably be his biggest barrier.

    • Marlon B.

      As a long time Hawks fan, I am excited about Ayon…along with Horford and Milsap to learn from, we will be looking up in the standings no matter what S.S. says

  2. Martin Alvarez

    Atlanta Hawks ahora tienen al mejor jugador del FIBA Latino, entonces estimulenlo con su salario y prestaciones.

  3. Hiram Gallardo

    Gustavo just needs an opportunity to show his game. If you (Atlanta Hawks) give him the chance, he will demonstrate you his skills he just needs to spend some minutes on the court. He’s big and and it is really amazing the way he runs the floor. He can help a team in both the offense as well as the defensive end. Now that he won the MVP award at the Fiba Americas tournament he’s shown a lot of people what he’s made of. Give him a chance.