In a room, the illusion of Mexico to start with the right foot in the Split Olympic Repechage, Croatia, it was completely erased. Omar Quintero’s team did an enormous job to control Germany for three quarters, supporting the opponent in defense and sustaining their attack in the individual hierarchy of Paco Cruz and Gustavo Ayón, clear team leaders. However, the last quarter was forgotten. A partial 20-9 against he ended up giving him the win over Europeans 82-76, opening with a smile his participation in the Group A and staying with a key victory thinking about the passage for the semifinals.
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The Warriors 12 gradually built a solid performance that allowed them to hold up for almost 30 minutes. Cruz and Ayón were the main references, especially the former NBA, who despite the clear physical limitations he managed to battle against the German towers with great courage and personality. However, the general physical wear and tear took its toll in that last quarter where the Mexicans could not stand up or find clear ideas, especially in a static attack, without circulation or variants, which ended up depending horrors on what their figures were able to generate.
A big reason why Mexico are up on Germany at the half? Pako Cruz’s 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists ????????????
– FIBA (@FIBA) June 29, 2021
Between Cruz (30 points, with 11-20 field, 4-8 triples and 4-5 free, plus 7 rebounds and 6 assists) and Ayón (18 points and 15 boards) combined for 48 of the 76 total goals, more than 63%. Meanwhile, the Europeans were able to spread the score further, finishing with five players in double-digit scoring. Joshiko Saibou was the leader with 17 units, in a list that also included two NBA like Isaac Bonga (13 points and 9 rebounds) and Mo Wagner (11 + 5).
In this way, Mexico is left without tomorrow for the second day. This Wednesday (at 9.30) he will have to beat Russia, on paper the strongest rival in the area, to keep his chances of getting into the semifinals and fighting for the Olympic ticket.
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