Mexico shocks the USA in the opening match of the FIBA AmeriCup competition.
In the first game of Group C action for both teams at the FIBA AmeriCup, Mexico defeated the U.S. 73-67 behind Paul Stoll's 15 points and nine assists.
For Mexico, Fabian James contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds.With 14 points, Jeremy Pargo topped the Americans.
For the Americans, Norris Cole scored 11 points and Gary Clark pulled down 12 boards.
Both teams made 39% of their shots. However, the U.S. made 18 turnovers compared to Mexico's 13, and it was called for 22 fouls compared to Mexico's 15.
The Americans are under pressure heading into their last two group stage games, but the setback doesn't eliminate them from contention.
At AmeriCup, there are 12 teams divided into three groups of four. Two of the three third-place teams and the top two teams from each group are guaranteed spots in the quarterfinals.
That means that even if the United States went 0-2 in its final two group games, it would still be likely to advance to the quarterfinals.
The AmeriCup competition is distinct from the existing Basketball World Cup qualifying, which is the main route for teams to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.