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U.S. holds off Mexico; Puerto Rico downs Brazil in FIBA Americas

U.S. holds off Mexico; Puerto Rico downs Brazil in FIBA Americas

Mexico kept the game respectable into the second half Monday before the United States pulled away for a 127-100 victory in the second round of the FIBA Americas tournament.
Also, Puerto Rico downed Brazil 97-75, Argentina routed Venezuela 86-63, and Canada outmuscled Uruguay 95-88.
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, tying the American record in an Olympic qualifier. He had 16 in a sensational opening quarter, when the Americans shot 80 percent from the field.
The Mexicans, who sneaked into the second round through a three-team tiebreaker, outplayed their more fancied counterparts for much of the next two periods before the U.S. put them away for good late in the third.
Kobe Bryant added 21 points, and LeBron James and Dwight Howard had 19 apiece for the United States, which led by only 15 points midway through the third quarter after beating its first four opponents by 48.4 points per game. The Americans face Puerto Rico on Tuesday night.
Mexico rarely showed the pressure defensive style the Richardson used at Arkansas, but hustled for offensive rebounds and shot 15-of-28 from 3-point range to hang around.
Romel Beck, who played for University of Nevada, Las Vegas, scored 20 points for Mexico.
Earlier, Larry Ayuso had 24 points for Puerto Rico, the last team to advance to the second round of the tournament that decides two berths in the Beijing Olympics. Panama had to lose its game against Argentina on Sunday for Puerto Rico to move on, and it looked bad with Argentina down nine points with four minutes to play.
But Argentina rallied to win in overtime and Puerto Rico made a statement with its second chance, dominating all but the third quarter in the win over Brazil.


Updated : 2021-03-02 15:39 GMT+08:00