This Monday, Mexico will face the United States to end the first window of the World Cup qualifiers in the Americas
CHIHUAHUA – The Mexican team The era began this Sunday without its leader Gustavo Ayón with a 90-86 victory over that of Puerto Rico, in the debut of both teams in group D of the qualifying rounds from the Americas to the 2023 Basketball World Cup.
Ayón, who was the leader of the last great stage of Mexican basketball in which he qualified for a World Cup in 2014 after 40 years, retired from the national team after failing to advance to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the Pre-Olympic in Split, Croatia .
This Sunday the best scorer of Mexico in view of Puerto Rico, who saw the debut of his coach Nelson Colón, was Gabriel Girón, with 21 points scored, plus five rebounds and four assists.
Giron He dispatched eight points, six of them from the triple, to command the Mexican attack that beat the Puerto Rican 27-23 in the first quarter.
Mexico got hold of the paint and was smart to offend on kickbacks, while Puerto Rico he had his aim lost in the field shots.
Puerto Rico capitalized on the turnovers of Mexico and he scored 10 unanswered points from his rival to turn the score around and go 48-46 up at halftime.
In addition, those of Colón had a five-point sleeve from Jezreel de Jesús and a growth in the area against a Mexico who tried to unbalance with the outside game, but came out with a misaligned sight.
With another good offensive production from Girón, of five points, Mexico managed to take the lead again to reach the final partial 68-66 ahead.
The Mexicans once again took advantage of their good interiors like Daniel Amigo and Fabian James to overcome the Puerto Rican defense.
Mexico put an end to the game in the final quarter by taking absolute power in the paint and having five points from Fabián Jaimes, a formula that led to the victory 90-86.
Before that, the United States defeated Cuba 95-90, led by 21 points from Isaiah Thomas, a former figure of the NBA’s Boston Celtics.
By beating their rival by a better point difference, the United States took first place in Group D, while Mexico is second.