Mexico 110, Canada 101
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Arturo Sanchez scored 25 points and Jose Aroyos added 23 Sunday night as Mexico upset Canada 110-101 to advance to the semifinals of men’s basketball at the Pan Am Games.
Mexico entered the game with a 1-3 record and as the fourth-place finisher in Pool A. Canada, meanwhile, was the top seed from Pool B after finishing with a 3-1 record and in a tie with Brazil and Puerto Rico.
Mexico shot 58 percent from the field, 40 of 69, as none of the seven players that saw action shot worse than 50 percent.
Mexico took the lead for good at 42-41 on a free throw by Rob Gonzalez with 4:38 left in the first half. Mexico went on to a 48-56 halftime lead.
Canada managed to get within 67-65 with 14:21 remaining on a 3-pointer by Eli Pasquale, but Mexico went on an 18-8 run with Aroyos scoring eight of the points. Mexico extended the lead to 18 points twice, the last time at 102-84 with 3:57 to play.
Sanchez made 11 of 14 shots from the field, while Aroyos made eight of 12.
Gonzalez, who played on Michigan State’s national championship team in 1979, scored 17 points and Esteban Ledezma, who played at Idaho, had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Jay Triano led Canada, which shot 46 percent on 35 of 77, with 24 points, 15 on 3-point field goals.