July 20, 2009
DILIEGRO, U.S. HOOP TEAM ADVANCE TO SEMIS AT MACCABIAH
DURHAM, N.H. – Junior center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) and the United States men’s basketball team have captured the No. 1 seed in their group after round-robin play and advance to Tuesday’s semifinal where they take on Canada.
The U.S. squad went 3-1 with wins over Mexico (112-13) on July 14, France (135-77) on July 15 and Argentina (97-89) on July 20. The only setback for the Americans was a last-second, 73-71 loss to Russia on July 19. The U.S. will play Canada (3-1), the second seed from Group A in the first semifinal Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST. The Americans defeated Canada 94-32 in an exhibition contest July 12. Argentina (3-1) grabbed the second seed in Group B and will play Group A’s top seed, Israel (4-0) at 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday. The winner of both semifinals will meet in the championship game Wednesday at noon.
DiLiegro has been solid throughout the tournament, averaging 7.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. The 6-9 DiLiegro opened the Games with a 10-point showing versus Mexico, followed by an 11-point, seven rebound performance against France. Trailing 71-69 versus Russia, DiLiegro’s tip-in with five seconds on the clock tied the game, before the Russians scored with one second remaining to steal the victory. DiLiegro finished the game with eight points and seven boards.
Those with DIRECTV can watch the games on channel 366, while those with Time Warner Cable can watch the games on channel 120 in New York and New Jersey, channel 137 in the Hudson Bay area and channel 491 in San Antonio. Fans without these providers can still watch the games free online at www.jltv.tv, and can also follow the results at www.maccabiah.com.