Mexico (1-3) put up a real fight at the end, but Australia (3-1) walked away with the win, 70-62.
Aron Baynes ended up the high man in points for Australia with 21, but the player who really broke the game open for the Aussies was forward Ryan Broekhoff. Broekhoff hit four three-pointers in the third quarter, turning what was a one-point game at the half into a double-digit lead for Australia.
Mexico, thanks to some great efforts from Orlando Mendez and Gustavo Ayon, cut the lead to just six points in the fourth quarter, but ultimately it couldn't complete the comeback.
What It Means
With today's win, Australia has punched its ticket out of Group D and into the next round. At 1-3, it's still not impossible for Mexico to do the same. But even so, there's no doubt that Angola (1-2), Lithuania (2-1) and Slovenia are all currently better positioned in the group.
Australia's next match is against Angola, whereas Mexico will be taking on an 0-3 Korean squad. Both games will take place Thursday, Sept. 3.
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