Mexico Crushes Paraguay 87-65 To Improve To 2-0 In 2013 FIBA Americas Championship

Gustavo Ayon of Mexico goes for a layup in their 87-65 win over Paraguay in day three of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Gustavo Ayon of Mexico goes for a layup in their 87-65 win over Paraguay in day three of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

Mexico picked up from where they left off in day one of the competition, scoring another blowout victory in the third day of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Men in Caracas, Venezuela.

Mexico did not let the one-day rest affect their rhythm as they pummeled hapless Paraguay, 87-65, in Group B action on Sunday night, posting their second win in as many games in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifier.

The Mexicans showed no rust as they quickly took control of the match by building a huge 29-9 lead after the first period, which ballooned to a 25-point lead, 50-25, at the half.

Mexico did not slow down in the second half and halted several comeback attempts of Paraguay en route to the impressive victory.

Orlando Mendez led the balance attack of Mexico with 17 points to go along with three assists and three steals, while Gustavo Ayon, who had a dominating performance in their win against Venezuela on Friday, 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting in almost 14 minutes of floor time.

Jorge Gutierrez and Paul Stoll added 11 points apiece, while Jovan Harris added 10 points for Mexico, who shot 48 percent from the field, including 10-for-27 clip from beyond the arc.

Mexico also dominated the battle of the boards with 40 rebounds compared to 30 of Paraguay, while also 21 more point productions from their bench compared to the second-stringers of their opponent.

Ramon Sanchez had 15 points, while Guillermo Araujo posted 10 points and nine rebounds for Paraguay, who dropped to 0-3 in the tournament after also losing to Argentina and Venezuela in their first two games.

Mexico will look to keep their record unblemished when they collide with Dominican Republic on Monday, while Paraguay will take a rest before taking on Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

For complete stats, check the Mexico – Paraguay box score from FIBA.

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