The vice-champion and the Olympic champion will have lost the first match of their respective continental competitions.
Although the Americans fielded a Z team for the AmeriCup, with the trio Norris Cole, Jodie Meeks and Patrick McCaw as headliners, Team USA were upset by Mexico in the Group C opener.
Passed by Limoges in 2019, it was the Mexican leader Paul Stoll (15 points, 9 assists, 4 steals) who scored the last points for his team to seal the victory. On the American side, Norris Cole signed 11 points and 4 assists as well as 4 lost balls, Jodie Meeks compiled 7 points and 4 rebounds, while Patrick McCaw returned a zero point, 0/2 shooting, in 14 minutes ( 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 drop balls, -13 to +/-).
In the other big game of the first day, Brazil’s Cristiano Felicio (9 points, 8 rebounds) got the better of Canada’s Dalano Banton (20 points, 11 rebounds) with a 72-63 success at the key.