The Tijuana Zonkeys just finished up their first series of the 2018 CIBACOPA Mexican basketball season.
The border city team defeated Aguilas Doradas de Durango two games to one and are now the first-place team in the CIBACOPA with five points. The team is revamped this year with a new head coach in James Penny, a new captain in Trayvon Lathan, and new players on the team like Gary Mondragon, Mychal Ammons, and Quinton Doggett.
One of the players that stood out the most in the opening series was Mychal Ammons, who had a very solid series against Durango. The 26-year-old scored 18 points in the first game of the season then scored 11 in the second game, but bounced back in the third game of the new semester with 24 points.
Ammons is no stranger to Tijuana as this is his second stint with the team, having played with the Burro-Zebras back in the 2016 season.
The former South Alabama Jaguar averaged just under nine points per game through 19 games in that season, but is off to a tremendous start in 2018. The Maryland native played in the Philippines, Slovakia, Argentina, and Qatar in that time he was away from the border city, and is happy to be back.
Ammons talked to EVT about being back in Tijuana and said, “It feels good to be back. It’s a blessing to play here. So many players want to play here and I’m just grateful to be here. Got to make the most of the opportunity.”
The American power forward also talked about the upcoming four-game road trip that will be the first of the new season. Ammons said, “I’m excited for it and I think this win helped us get that momentum to have that confidence to go on the road. We have to stick to our guns and keep on improving. It should be a fun road trip.”
The Zonkeys will leave town for a week and play two two-game series, first against Ostioneros de Guaymas this Tuesday and Wednesday, then against Rayos de Hermosillo on Friday and Saturday.