NBA free agent Gustavo Ayon produced his best game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup and helped Mexico to its first win of the tournament. The former Atlanta Hawk had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Mexico defeated upstart Angola 79-55 on Sept. 2.
Leading 36-35 at halftime, Mexico put on a clinic in the second half. Mexico held Angola to 10 points in each of the last two quarters, outscoring them 43-20.
"I'm very happy to win this game, it was a team effort and we were together every moment of the game," Ayon said. Ayon, who was 6-of-11 from the field, moved the ball exquisitely when he was double-teamed. He finished with three assists, two blocks and two steals in addition to his first double-double of the tournament.
Hector Hernandez led the way for Mexico (1-2) with 24 points and was 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. Francisco Cruz contributed 14 points, on just 5-of-15 shooting, seven rebounds and four assists while Ramone Martinez contributed 12 points.
SMU senior center Yanick Moreira and Valdelicicio Joaquim each had 13 points to lead Angola (1-2). Moreira also hauled in nine caroms.
The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly interest in Ayon. The 29-year old averaged 4.3 points and 4.8 rebounds a game in 16.5 minutes of action for the Hawks last year. He shot 51.0 percent from the field and had averaged a steal a game.
Mexico will play Australia (2-1) and Angola will duel with Slovenia (3-0) on Sept.3.