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Marchand Cup Standings
 1. Brazil 3-0 
 2. P.Rico 2-1 
 3. Canada 1-2 
 4. Argentina 0-3
Brazil is the winner of Marchand Cup 2009 (FIBA Americas)

2009 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Alexandre Garcia
Garcia
Marcelinho Huertas
Huertas
Leandrinho Barbosa
Barbosa
Anderson Varejao
Varejao
Tiago Splitter
Splitter
5 Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) of Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro
6 Diego Pinheiro (196-F/G-80) of Universo/BRB Brasilia
7 Carlos Rodriguez (202-F-83) of E.C. Pinheiros Sao Paolo
8 Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80) of Universo/BRB Brasilia
9 Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83) of Caja Laboral Vitoria (ESP)
10 Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) of Phoenix Suns (USA)
11 Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) of Cleveland Cavaliers (USA)

12 Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80) of La Fortezza Bologna (ITA)
13 Joao Lopes Batista (207-F/C-81) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (FRA)
14 Jonathan Guimaraes (197-G/F-87) of Brigham Young University (USA)
15 Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Caja Laboral Vitoria (ESP)
Head Coach: Moncho Monsalve

Brazil is the winner of Marchand Cup 2009 - Aug. 21, 2009 
Brazil - Canada 87-69

Brazil once again demconstarted nice performance in San Juan. That was the last day of Marchand Continental Championship Cup and Brazil finished the event as No.1 with perfect 3-0 record. In the first two games Brazil was better than Argentina and Puerto Rico. Yesterday, Brazilians outplayed Canada 87-69 without any extra efforts. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) was a key player in the winning squad draining 27 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) also was good with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. In Team Canada, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) top-scored with 22 points.
All four teams used this tournament as part of preparations for FIBA Americas Championship. This high-important event will also be played in San Juan and it starts on August 26. The top four sides will qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Meanwhile, participants will have few more days to reach the full shape. As a reminder, there will be 12 teams divided in two Groups. In Group A, Canada will meet, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Virgins Islands and Mexico. In Group B, Brazil will play against Argentina, Panama, Venezuela and Dominican Republic.

Brazil: Leandrinho Barbosa 27, Tiago Splitter 16+8 boards, Marcelinho Machado 13+8 boards+5 as
Canada: Carl English 22



Argentina
- Puerto Rico 55-67

Puerto Rico cruised past Argentina finishing the participation on Marchand Continental Championship with victory. As a reminder, in Day 1 Puerto Rico was better than Canada and in Day 2 Brazil was too strong for them. It means that Puerto Ricans ended this event with 2-1 record, what is enough for the second place. On the other side, Argentina was not on such good level facing with 3 consecutive defeats. National Team of Brazil is No.1 in San Juan with perfect 3-0 record. Canadians are on third place with 1-2. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) led Puerto Rico yesterday with 14 points. Argentina got 13 pts from the big guy Luis Scola (206-F/C-80). Puerto Rico led by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Both, Puerto Rico and Argentina, used this tournament as part of preparations for FIBA Americas Championship. This high-important event will also be played in San Juan and it starts on August 26. The top four sides will qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Meanwhile, participants will have few more days to reach the full shape. As a reminder, there will be 12 teams divided in two Groups. In Group A, Puerto Rico will meet Canada, Uruguay, Virgins Islands and Mexico. In Group B, Argentina will play against Brazil, Panama, Venezuela and Dominican Republic.

Argentina: Luis Scola 13
Puerto Rico: Larry Ayuso 14



Summary of Day 2 in San Juan  - Aug. 20, 2009 
Canada - Argentina 86-72

Canada managed to grab the first win at the Marchand Continental Championship Cup in San Juan. After loss against the host (Puerto Rico), the Canadians demonstrated much better performance in Game 2 outplaying Argentina 86-72. That is the second defeat for Argentina, who failed against Brazil in Day 1. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) was the best player in victory as he registered double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds. Andy Rautins (196-G-86) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) also helped with 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Diego Garcia (186-G-79) top-scored with 13 points. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) added 11 points.
Everything started good for Argentina, who created 15-20 lead in the first quarter. However, Canadians drastically improved after that, especially at the offensive end. Levon Kendall and his teammates were one fire scoring 30 more points until the half time. On the other side, Argentina stopped on 17 for minus 8 after 20 minutes. Third quarter was the crucial one as Canada dominated 27-14. For the rest of the way Argentina did not succeed seriously to treat.
Today in San Juan, Canada will meet Brazil. Argentina will take on Puerto Rico.

Canada: Levon Kendall 14+12 boards, Andy Rautins 14, Jermaine Anderson 14
Argentina: Diego Garcia 13, Luis Scola 12+5 boards, Paolo Quinteros 11




Brazil - Puerto Rico 80-70

Brazil had another joyful day at the Marchand Continental Championship Cup in San Juan. After victory against Argentina in Day 1, the Brazilians outplayed Puerto Rico for perfect 2-0 record. The host of this event dropped to 1-1. NBA player Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) was totally the best in the winning squad. He spent 33 minutes on the floor nailing 27 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Another Brazilian NBAer Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) shined yesterday with 17 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 7 boards. In Team Puerto Rico, Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) collected 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Ricardo Sanchez Rosa contributed with 12 points.
Since the very beginning Brazil took control on Puerto Rico. After 10 minutes of the game Brazil was 23-17 up, but the hosts immediately responded in the following period. They drained 26 more points until the half time closing the gap to 44-43. Second half belonged to Brazil, who ended 19-14 third and 17-13 last quarter.
Today in San Juan Brazil will meet Canada. The Canadians currently have 1-1 record. On the other side, Puerto Rico will meet winless Argentina.

Brazil: Anderson Varejao 27+12 boards, Leandrinho Barbosa 17, Tiago Splitter 15+7 boards
Puerto Rico: Filiberto Rivera 12+6 boards+5 as, Ricardo Sanchez Rosa 12



Summary of Day 1 in San Jose, Puerto Rico  - Aug. 19, 2009 
Argentina - Brazil 76-91

Brazil celebrated in the first day of Marchand Continental Championship Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The defending champion did not have any troubles to beat Argentina and to jump on 1-0 record. Beside Argentina and Brazil, participants of the Marchand Cup are also Canada and the host Puerto Rico. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) top-scored in Brazil's victory with 18 points. Big guy Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) also had very important role delivering 14 points. On the other side, Argentina had only one player in a game mood. That was Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), who collected 28 points and 6 rebounds.
Brazil/st1:place> was better team in the first half. Tiago Splitter dominated under the basket pacing his team to 39-32 lead after 20 minutes. During the second half both teams improved offensively, but once again Brazil was better. The Brazilians drained 52 points for the rest of the way, while Argentina stopped on 44. It is important to mention that Argentina played this game without its PG Pablo Prigioni (due to physical discomfort). He was replaced with 19-year old Juan Manuel Fernandez of Temple University. Brazil dominated in rebounding 47-38 and in assists 18-15.
In Day 2, Brazil will meet Puerto Rico. Argentina will take on Canada.

Argentina: Luis Scola 28+6 boards
Brazil: Leandrinho Barbosa 18, Tiago Splitter 14



Canada - Puerto Rico 55-60


The host of Marchand Continental Championship Cup 2009 had a joyful opening day outsmarting Canada 60-55. As a reminder, at the same event in 2007 Puerto Rico was winless so one thing is for sure - that will not happen this year. It was a very exciting game decided at the very end. The game hero was Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC), who was concentrated from the free throw line when it was the most important.
Before that, the first 20 minutes belonged to Puerto Rico 31-17. Canadians had many troubles at the offensive end in these two periods. They made only 4 of 25 from the field. At the same time Canada scored just 1 triple from 11 attempts and all other points came from the free throw line. However, they drastically improved after the breather. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) were on fire starting to melt Puerto Rico's lead. Finally, with 3:46 to go in third quarter the score was tied to 41-41. Ten rebounds by Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico), who arrived just a couple of hours before, were decisive in the win against a team who had Joel Anthony (206-C-82, college: UNLV) dominating the paint with 14 rebounds. As it is mentioned above, Puerto Rico was slightly better at the end grabbing 60-55 win. The hosts finished the game with 30%, while Canada had only 27% from the field. Larry Ayuso led Puerto Rico with 13 points.
In Day 2 in San Jose, Puerto Rico will meet Brazil. Canada will take on Argentina

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