Gustavo Ayon Leads Mexico To A 65-56 Win Over 2013 FIBA Americas Host Venezuela

Gustavo Ayon proved to be too much for Venezuela as he finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds in their 65-56 win over the 2013 FIBA Americas host country.

Gustavo Ayon proved to be too much for Venezuela as he finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds in their 65-56 win over the 2013 FIBA Americas host country.

Mexico started their campaign in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Men on the right track as they eked out a 65-56 victory over tournament host Venezuela on Friday night in Caracas.

Gustavo Ayon imposed his will both on the offensive and defensive end of the floor. The 28-year-old center, who played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA last season, finished with a game-high 22 points and 18 rebounds, while also tallying four blocks and four assists.

Undaunted by the crowd support for their opponent, Mexico played like a well-oiled machine from the opening tip and quickly built a commanding 16-7 lead after the first period.

Venezuela found their touch in the second period and pulled within three points, 23-20, with 2:23 left in the first half, but Mexico managed to seize control once again, taking a six-point lead heading into the second half.

The second half was a see-saw battle for the two squads as Venezuela attempted to make a comeback, but Mexico had answers to every run of their opponent. The Mexicans held on to the win to the disappointment of the home crowd in Caracas.

Jorge Gutierrez also had a share of the spotlight with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, while Hector Hernandez added 11 points and seven rebounds for Mexico, who won despite shooting just 33 percent from the field.

On the other hand, Luis Bethelmy had 10 points and nine rebounds, Donta Smith added 12 points and seven boards, while Heissler Guillen posted eight points and three assists for Venezuela.

Host country Venezuela, who absorbed a huge blow heading into the tournament after losing their star guard Greivis Vasquez to an ankle injury, will look to bounce back on Saturday when they go up against Paraguay.

Mexico, on the other hand, will take a rest and will continue their campaign on Sunday against Paraguay.

2013 FIBA Americas Championship For Men Day One Results
August 30, 2013 – Caracas, Venezuela

  • Jamaica 64 – 85 Canada
  • Argentina 95 – 60 Paraguay
  • Puerto Rico 72 – 65 Brazil
  • Venezuela 56 – 65 Mexico

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