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Brazil recovers from starting loss, wins Tuto Marchand Cup - Aug 19, 2007


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Brazil - Canada 74:61
Brazil triumphed in this year's Tuto Marchand Continental Championship Cup in Puerto Rico. They defeated previously unbeaten Canada in the last round action to top the final ladder. Canada entered the game without two key performers as Canadian coach decided to sideline Samuel Dalembert (211-C-81, college: Seton Hall) and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii). Brazil fully used the absence of these two and celebrated a comprehensive victory.
Canada though looked better at the start of the game as they established an early lead 15:13. But Brazil responded with a stunning 24:13 blow in the second frame to lead 37:28 at halftime. Brazil continued their dominance after the break as solid shooting enabled them to enlarge the gap to 58:45 entering the fourth frame. Canada managed to slow down Brazil in the fourth term but could not gain enough speed to surge ahead. Latin American players wisely secured a winning result and celebrated the victory in Puerto Rico.
Marcus Vinicius (207-F-84) led Brazil with 14 points. Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) and Joa Lopes contributed 12 points apiece for the winners. Olu Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas) and Andy Rautins (196-G-86) scored 13 points each for Canada. Juan Mendez (202-F-81, college: Niagara) added 10 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Brazil knocked down 43% from the field and 71% from free throw line. Canada answered with 34% of field goals and 63% from charity stripe. North Americans dominated the boards 41:34 but committed 21 turnovers.

Brazil: Marcus Vinicius 14, Marcelinho Machado 12, Joa Lopes 12
Canada: Olu Famutimi 13, Andy Rautins 13, Juan Mendez 10+11 boards


Puerto Rico - Argentina 89:90
Puerto Rico was close to their first win at the Tuto Marchand Cup but could not convert at the dying stage of the encounter against Argentina. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) and Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) led well-balanced Argetninean offense to a narrow victory in this battle. Argentina posted a erfect 31:22 first frame but Puerto Rican players managed to cut the deficit to only 39:43 at halftime. Argentina extended the gap by 2 points in the third stanza but the hosts ignited an impressive comeback effort in the final term but fell just short of the positive result.   




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Marchand Cup Standings
 1. Canada 4-0 
 2. P.Rico 2-1 
 3. Argentina 1-2 
 4. Brazil 1-2 
 5. Dominican R. 0-3 
Full Standings

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. L.Scola ARG17.7 
 2. A.Vassallo PUR15.3 
 3. J.Batista BRA15.0 
 4. A.Wiggins CAN14.5 
 5. N.Laprovittola ARG13.3 
 6. A.Lima BRA12.3 
 7. A.Bennett CAN11.5 
 8. V.Benite BRA10.3 
 9. P.Scrubb CAN10.3 
 10. B.Heslip CAN9.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. L.Scola ARG9.3 
 2. A.Bennett CAN7.5 
 3. M.Ejim CAN6.8 
 4. R.Clemente PUR6.0 
 5. A.Vassallo PUR5.7 
 6. A.Lima BRA5.7 
 7. D.Powell CAN5.3 
 8. C.Joseph CAN5.0 
 9. N.Laprovittola ARG5.0 
 10. J.Diaz PUR4.7 
Assists Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. L.Scola ARG4.0 
 2. R.Fischer BRA3.7 
 3. C.Joseph CAN3.7 
 4. V.Benite BRA3.0 
 5. C.Rivera PUR2.7 
 6. N.Laprovittola ARG2.3 
 7. P.Scrubb CAN2.3 
 8. J.Gonzalez PUR2.3 
 9. M.Vieira BRA2.0 
 10. M.Ejim CAN2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  USA
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. R.Clemente PUR2.0 
 2. P.Garino ARG1.7 
 3. G.Diaz PUR1.3 
 4. V.Benite BRA1.3 
 5. C.Joseph CAN1.3 
 6. G.Deck ARG1.3 
 7. E.Baez DOM1.0 
 8. L.Scola ARG1.0 
 9. M.Ejim CAN1.0 
 10. D.Collier PUR1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight POWELL
  CAN
  (211-F-91)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. D.Powell CAN0.8 
 2. A.Wiggins CAN0.8 
 3. A.Vassallo PUR0.7 
 4. A.Lima BRA0.7 
 5. L.Scola ARG0.7 
 6. D.Collier PUR0.7 
 7. J.Batista BRA0.7 
 8. C.Joseph CAN0.7 
 9. M.Delia ARG0.7 
 10. A.Bennett CAN0.5 
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