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Gustavo Ayon (MEX) - Mexico v Paraguay, Day 3 of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela, 1 September, Qualifying Round

CARACAS (FIBA Americas Championship/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Mexico's Gustavo Ayon is just enjoying the ride at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.

The Atlanta Hawks center knows his national team is not among the favorites to advance to the Second Round and challenge for one of the four places on offer to qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

With a 2-0 record, a new coach and young talented players, Mexico feels that the pressure is on others.

Ayon, 28, looks better than ever. After being waived by the Milwaukee Bucks, the Hawks signed him on 29 July.

With his future looking bright, he has a new task, one that looks good to everyone now in this tournament, but that everyone overlooked before Mexico played in Venezuela.

The Mexicans are playing well and qualifying for Spain 2014 is something they are looking at.

"We have a young talented team, a European coach in Sergio Valdeolmillos, who is making us play European basketball with lots of passing, good ball movement, and yes, we are here to do as well as we can," said Ayon.

"I can say without a doubt that this is a team with a couple of veterans and some players that were ready to be here, they are representing Mexico with dignity and pride.

"That is the main reason why we have looked good in our wins over Venezuela and Paraguay.

Ayon though knows that there is still a long way to go and that tougher game lie ahead.

"This is not over," he warned. "We have not played against the tougher teams, but on Monday against the Dominican Republic we will find out were we stand.

"In spite of that, we will play with all our hearts every match."

For full and in-depth coverage of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, go to the official website http://www.caracas2013.com/en/default.asp?lang=en.


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