Men's Basketball

Forbes & Panama Pick Up First Win, Beating Mexico, 95-90

Aug. 24, 2007

UMass senior Gary Forbes and Team Panama picked up their first win at the FIBA Americas Championships with a 95-90 win over Mexico on Friday afternoon in Game 3. The guard started and netted nine points in the win. Forbes scored a team-high 19 points for Panama in a 108-67 loss to Puerto Rico on Thursday in Game 2. Team Panama finishes its round-robin play against Argentina on Sunday night at midnight ET.

Here is the recap for Game 3, the 95-90 win over Mexico.

LAS VEGAS (2007 FIBA Americas Championship) - Panama notched its first win of the tournament, improving to 1-2 overall by knocking off Mexico 95-90 to tip-off day three of action at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.

The back-and-forth affair wasn't decided until the final minute, when missed three-pointers and made free throws would prove to be the difference.

Trailing 92-88 with one minute remaining, Mexico's Roberto Beck canned a jumper to shave the deficit to two.

Panama's J.R. Pinnock then converted one-of-two free throws at the other end to push the lead back to three, 93-90.

With time winding down, Mexico's James Pedroza was freed up by a screen to get a good look at the game-tying three-pointer, but his shot was off the mark.

Panama's Jaime Lloreda pulled down the rebound and was fouled. He would hit both free throws to ice it for the Panamanians.

Pinnock's game-high 30 points led the victors, who also got strong contributions from Lloreda (19 points) and Enrique Garcia (13 rebounds).

Beck's 20 points were tops for Mexico, which fell to 1-1 in tournament play.

Here is the recap for Game 2, the 108-67 loss to Puerto Rico.

LAS VEGAS (FIBA Americas Championship) - After a poor performance against Mexico, Puerto Rico rebounded with an excellent offensive game to dominate Panama 108-67 on day 2 of the FIBA Americas Championship.

This is the first win for Puerto Rico and they face Argentina on day 3.



Puerto Rico shot 22-39 from two points, made 17 three pointers in 32 attempts and shot 14-13 from the charity stripe.

A total of five scorers were in double figures for the winners led by Ricky Sanchez with 19 and followed by Carmelo Lee 17, Carlos Arroyo 16, Larry Ayuso 13 and Angelo Reyes 11. They gave 25 assists against just 9 turnovers.

Gary Forbes led Panama with 19 points.

Puerto Rico won the first quarter 28-20 and had a 53-31 halftime lead to never look back.

Panama has a 0-2 record and face Mexico on day 3.


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