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VEN2013 – Mexico added an important victory
Caracas, Venezuela - In a game that went from low to high, the team led by Sergio Valdeolmillos defeated Jamaica, 100-89, in a game on the third day of the second round of the FIBA Americas Championship. Mexico's Hector Hernandez was the best scorer with 25 points.
Jamaica entered the game concentrated, rotating the ball well and scoring on their arrivals smoothly. With a 6-0, those led by James Vincent came forward, but Mexico pulled closer after a triple by Hernandez. With the passage of time, Jamaica became strong in the low post and stretched the advantage to 14-5, with the contributions of Ewing and Jordan. Mexico took forced shots and lost balls, just his offense improved in the end, with Ayon in the paint and on the perimeter with Hernandez (19-16). In the end of the quarter, Jamaica was up 20-19.
Adrian Uter and Garfield Blair stretched the Jamaican lead, (24-19) in the start of the second quarter. But with two triples (Stoll and Hernandez), Mexico took the lead for the first time (30-27). Ewing played down on the same route and again put Jamaica up in the scoreboard, 36-32. The Caribbean team stole balls and then ran the floor, to take an advantage of 8 points (40-32), but neglected the defense and his opponent took the advantage to shrink the lead, with a dunk of Mata, a three-pointer by Stoll and a basket by Gutierrez (40-39). The team led by Vincent had a better ending and went into the break with a two-point lead: 46-44.
In the third Mexico exploded his outside shooting and with 4 straight triples took an advantage of 8 points (60-52). The Jamaican team did not find their game: rushed on offense and were taking forced shots. But the difference was favorable to Mexico, Jamaica responded and went into the fourth quarter down by one point (69-68).
Dylan Ennis Howell was responsible for opening the last 10 minutes, with a three from the corner. Agility and aggressiveness of the Jamaican team allowed them to generate fast breaks and penetrate easily. In turn, Mexico was full of faults. However, those of Valveolmillos reacted with a triple rain again and got a 10 point lead (86-76). With a set from low to high, the mexicans kept the lead and won an important game, 100-89.
For the Mexican team the top scorer was Hector Hernandez, with 25 points and 5 rebounds, followed by Orlando Mendez, who scored 22 and got 7 assists. For Jamaica the best scorer was Jerome Jordan with 24 points and 6 rebounds.
Mexico will face tomorrow Puerto Rico tomorrow, at 17 (time of Venezuela), while Jamaica will face Venezuela at 19:30.
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