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With a great performance by Paco Cruz, the Mexican Basketball Team completed their third home win of the first qualifying window heading into the 2023 World Cup.
More than a year after his last performance with the national representative, Cruz and Jorge Gutiérrez They stood out in the match where Omar Quintero’s pupils beat their similar team from Cuba 75-66 before nearly 7,000 fans at the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym.
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Paco stood out with 16 points, 4 assists and 1 rebound; for his part, the local idol Jorge Gutiérrez also returned to play with the National Team and did so for 14 minutes where he scored 2 goals, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Playing in the city where he was born 33 years ago brought joy back to the former NBA basketball player.
Likewise, the experienced Gabriel Girón had a great performance, whouien totaled a total of 15 points and Paul Stoll 19.
Although the home team had control of the actions for practically throughout the contest, towards the end of the visit it was possible to close to only six points. But a series of erroneous offensive possessions ended Cuba’s options in the Chihuahua arena.
In turn, the quintet of Cuba still does not know the victory in this eliminatory phase. Yto sum five setbacks in the same number of commitments.
With this result, Mexico remains as sub-leader of Group D from the American zone with a 4-1 record, awaiting his visit to Puerto Rico next Monday to complete the first elimination phase.
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