RECIFE, Brazil — Paul Stoll had 15 points and nine assists as Mexico defeated the United States 73-67 on Friday in the opening match of Group C for both teams at the FIBA AmeriCup.
Fabian James added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Mexico.
Jeremy Pargo led the United States with 14 points. Norris Cole scored 11 and Gary Clark had 12 rebounds for the Americans.
Both teams shot 39%. But the US committed 18 turnovers to Mexico’s 13, and drew 22 fouls to Mexico’s 15.
The loss does not put the USA out of contention, but it certainly puts pressure on the Americans heading into their final two group stage games.
There are 12 teams in the AmeriCup, divided into three groups of four. The top two teams in each group are guaranteed places in the quarter-finals, as well as two of the three third-place teams.
That means the US is likely to reach the quarter-finals with wins in the remaining two group stage games, and would even have a chance of going 1-1 in those games.
The United States is using a roster made up of players who were most recently on G-League teams or international clubs.
The AmeriCup event is separate from the ongoing qualification for next year’s Basketball World Cup, which serves as a primary pathway for teams to earn a spot on the field for the 2024 Paris Olympics.