DILIEGRO LEADS U.S. HOOP TEAM INTO MACCABIAH TITLE GAME
DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire junior center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the United States men’s basketball team to a 123-76 semifinal victory over Canada on Tuesday morning and into Wednesday’s title game where they will meet Israel for the gold medal.
The Americans (4-1), who grabbed Group B’s top seed after round-robin play, will meet Group A’s top seed, Israel (5-0), which was a 110-53 winner against Argentina in Tuesday’s other semifinal, in the championship game Wednesday at noon. The U.S. will be going for its second gold in three Games after defeating Israel, 82-71, in the final game in 2001. The Americans then captured bronze in 2005, while Israel defeated France for the gold.
DiLiegro, who led the U.S. squad in scoring and rebounding against Canada, is now averaging 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest during the Games. 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 game on channel 366, while those with Time Warner Cable can watch the game 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 game free online at www.jltv.tv, and can also follow the results at www.maccabiah.com.