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Summary of Day 1 in San Jose, Puerto Rico - Aug 19, 2009

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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 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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Puerto Rico - Canada 72-78 Canada have clinched the Marchand Cup title. The North American team outgunned Puerto Rico to earn the trophy. Andrew Wiggins (203-G-95, college: Kansas, agency: BDA Sports) scored 20 points to pace the champions. Canada jumped to a 19:14 lead after the opening frame. They boosted the gap at 7-point mark at the interval 38:31. Puerto Rico narrowed the gap in the third quarter. The hosts dropped 26 points to get within 2 points at the final break. Canada thoug...   [read more]

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Argentina - Brazil 71-80 Brazil recorded the first victory in San Juan. They held off their archrivals Argentina for 1-2 record. Joao Paulo Batista (205-C/F-81, college: Gonzaga, agency: AAI Sports) posted 15 points to pace the winners. Brazil eked out a 20:19 lead after the opening frame. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Brazil accumulated 37:34 halftime advantage. They knocked down 26 points in the third frame to secure a 9-point lead at the final break. The teams traded b...   [read more]

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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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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