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24/08/2007Canada 93 vs. Virgin Islands 83

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LAS VEGAS (2007 FIBA Americas Championship) - Early on, the U.S. Virgin Islands showed no ill-effects of last night's lopsided loss to the United States, coming out hot and holding a 27-23 lead on Canada after one quarter.

The Canadians would get their legs, however, and behind Juan Mendez's 22 points, Leo Rautins' squad held off the Virgin Islands 93-83.

Canada led by as many as 18, but the Virgin Islands kept it close by utilizing the three-ball. Jason Edwin connected on six-of-eight from distance and as a team, the Virgin Islands shot 13-of-24 from beyond the arc (54 percent).
Canada controlled the glass, outrebounding the Virgin Islands 39-28 and held a comfortable lead throughout the final period of play.

With the win, Canada improved to 2-1 in tournament play. Edwin's 26 points led the Virgin Islands, which fell to 0-2.

Alphonso Sheppard added 23 for the Virgin Islands in defeat.

Tim Kuck
USA Basketball