With Mexico’s Gustavo Ayon rumored to have some interest from the Spurs, and question marks surrounding whether or not restricted free agent Aron Baynes would be back, the table was set for this morning’s Group D matchup between Australia and Mexico.
It was a close battle through most of the first half, but Australia began separating themselves from Mexico in the second half. Mexico would keep chipping away at the lead, but fell short in a 70-62 win fir the Aussies.
Baynes had his way with Ayon, as Ayon was limited offensively and wasn’t able to do much on the defensive end against an aggressive Baynes.
Baynes was able to stay active and finish around the rim. When Mexico decided to sag off Australia’s shooter in order to trap or double Baynes, he saw the pressure coming and seemed to deliver the ball in time so his shooters got open three-pointers.
In 30 minutes, Baynes finished with 21 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots to lead Australia to three straight wins and second place in Group D.
Ayon struggled with foul trouble, and had Baynes looking to alter any shot he put up. Ayon finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, Ayon’s lowest-scoring game of group play as of yet.
Baynes and Australia will look to exit group play strong with a potential blowout against Angola tomorrow.