The FIBA Americas tournament began on Monday and Kenny Atkinson's Dominican Republic team dropped their first game falling to Mexico by a score of 84-68. Edgar Sosa led the Dominicans with 18 points and four assists. Mexico's Orlando Mendez led all scorers with 24 points including six made three-pointers. Former Hawks center Gustavo Ayon logged a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Slow starts to both halves proved costly for the Dominican Republic. They trailed Mexico 24-13 at the end of the first quarter, but were able to close the gap to 36-31 at the half. Mexico took control of the game for good in the third outscoring the Dominicans 30-15 before cruising home for the victory.
Group play continues on Tuesday with the Dominican Republic taking on Brazil at 6:50 p.m. ET. Brazil dropped their opener to Uruguay 71-57. Venezuela opened the tournament with a win over Cuba while Argentina outlasted Puerto Rico 91-86.
Dominican Republic First Round Schedule:
Monday, August 31
Dominican Republic 66, Mexico 84
Tuesday, September 1
Brazil vs Dominican Republic - 6:50 p.m. ET WatchESPN
Wednesday, September 2
Dominican Republic vs Panama - 12:50 p.m. ET WatchESPN
Thursday, September 3
Uruguay vs Dominican Republic - 12:50 p.m. ET WatchESPN