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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