Brazil edges Dominican Republic in Marchand Cup

Looking for its first win at the Jenaro “Tuto” Marchand Cup in Brazil, the Dominican Republic National Team, which is led by Kentucky coach John Calipari, fell to Brazil on Thursday night, 70-64.

The Dominicans crushed Brazil on the boards, out-rebounding the Brazilians 48-28, but another cold-shooting performance plagued Calipari’s team. The Dominican Republic shot 41.8 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 14 times.

Jack Michael Martinez recorded a double-double with a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds. NBA veterans Al Horford and Francisco Garcia chipped in with 12 points and 11 points, respectively.

The Dominican Republic closes out its Marchand Cup run on Friday against Canada, which lost to Puerto Rico on Thursday, 74-63. Both teams will be in search of their first win.

The Marchand Cup is serving as a tune-up for next week’s 2011 FIBA Americas Championship, an Olympics qualifier.