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LAS VEGAS (2007 FIBA Americas Championship) - Both Venezuela and the U.S. Virgin Islands had a lot riding on today's game, as the winner would secure a berth in the second round of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship and the loser would be going home.
Hector Romero's 29 points and 10 rebounds helped Venezuela advance by the count of 100-90.
The Virgin Islands, which fell to 0-4, will now be bidding adieu to the rest of the field in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007.
Jason Edwin did everything he could to keep his team in the game, scoring 32 points in a losing effort for the Virgin Islands, who were without the services of guard Carl Krauser due to extreme dehydration.
Luis Bethelmy's dunk plus the foul with 15.1 seconds remaining brought the Venezuelan crowd to its' feet.
The Venezuelan supporters would no sooner sit back down than they would rise again to cheer Bethelmy, who after missing the free throw, grabbed his own rebound and layed it in to ice the victory.