Mexico Improves To 3-0 In 2013 FIBA Americas With 85-61 Win Over Dominican Republic

gustavo ayon postMexico continues to impress after cruising with an 85-61 victory over Dominican Republic for their third win in as many games in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Orlando Mendez was nearly unstoppable as he finished with 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field, including a 4-for-7 clip from beyond the arc, while also keeping his teammates involved, dishing out five dimes.

Gustavo Ayon had another solid night with 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and two blocks, while Jorge Gutierrez added 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists for Mexico.

Mexico jumped on the gun quickly in the opening period, building a 17-7 lead in the first five minutes of the match. Dominican Republic had their moments in the opening half, but Mexico went into the locker room with a comfortable 45-31 advantage.

The second half followed the same storyline as Mexico halted several comeback attempts of Dominican Republic, who pulled within nine points at the beginning of the fourth period before Mexico pulled away anew en route to the blowout victory.

Mexico shot an impressive 54 percent clip from the field compared to just 36 percent of Dominican Republic. The Mexicans also dominated the boards with 37 rebounds, 14 more than the rebounding output of Dominican Republic.

Jack Martinez tallied 16 points and seven rebounds, Francisco Garcia added 14 points, while Eulis Baez added 11 points and six rebounds for Dominican Republic in a losing effort.

With the win, Mexico remained on top of Group B with a 3-0 record, while Dominican Republic dropped to third with their 1-2 card heading into the final day of preliminary round of the qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

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