By Judah Rhine
The Perfect Season
The DRS Wildcats completed their magical season with a 63—34 victory over Flatbush in the MYHSAL championship game. Led by MVP captain Gabriel Leifer’s 16 points, DRS played a complete game, dominating the Falcons from start to finish. As it has all season, the DRS zone defense shut down the Flatbush offensive attack. Ball handler Jeremy Brody ran the offensive brilliantly, showing everyone that he is the best play-maker in the league. Forward Zev Ben-Ami contributed 15 points and guard Yoav Deutsch added 14. These four seniors, along with Judah Levine and Akiva Ackerman, made up the core of a team that went an unprecedented 33 and 0 this season. Along the way they have won the Magen David Preseason Tournament, Cooper Memphis Invitational, HAFTR Satran Memorial Tournament, and the YU Sarachek National Tournament this season, a feat never before accomplished.
Girls’ Varsity Champs
MYHSAL girls’ varsity champions SAR High School beat Frisch 32—31 in a hard-fought victory. After completing the regular season with a 10—2 record and placing first in this year’s Cooper Memorial Tournament, the Varsity Sting beat Ramaz in the quarterfinals and upset the number-one-seeded Flatbush in the semifinals to advance to the championship game held at TABC last Thursday night. The Sting took an early lead and looked to be dominating the contest, with stifling defense and timely baskets. At that point, the refereeing took over, and many fouls began to be called on both sides, resulting in players fouling out on both teams. Frisch battled back; with under a minute left, the game was still in doubt as Frisch came within one point by draining all three foul shots off a questionable call. With extreme poise, SAR managed to hold the lead throughout and pull off the win. Congratulations to graduating seniors Talia Askowitz, Dahlia Fischer, Jessica Hecht (game MVP), Becky Kann, Elana Sichel, and Leah Shulman.
JV Boys’ Championship Goes To Frisch Once Again
The Frisch Cougars are once again champions of the boys’ JV. They defeated the SAR Sting by the score of 68—55 before a packed house at the YU MACS Center. Frisch started off quick and grabbed an early 12—9 lead after one quarter. SAR kept battling back and finally tied the score at 17 midway with the first half drawing to a close. But Frisch went on an 11—0 run to finish off the first half with a 28—17 lead. Frisch continued the pressure, and the lead jumped to 39-22. But SAR was determined to make a run–and they did–a 13—7 run closed the gap to 46—35 after 3. SAR would cut the lead to 9, but Frisch was too much and closed out the game with the final score of 68—55. Schwalbe led SAR with 18 points. MVP Jack Stepner led Frisch with 21 points.
MTA Soccer Lions Earn 17—1 Victory In Home Opener
By David Pando
Coming off a disappointing loss to SAR last week, the MTA soccer team had their second match of the season this past Tuesday, this time in the Lions’ Den. A new team from YDE entered the den, not knowing what the Lions had in store for them. The Lions roared fast and furious and ultimately walked away 17—1, victors.
Regarding my recap of the Sarachek Tournament last week, I would like to also mention that I was assisted by MacsLive, the official broadcast of the Red Sarachek Basketball Tournament, which, as always, did an excellent job covering the tournament.
Judah Rhine, who has been coaching youth basketball for more than 35 years, is co-director of MVP Boys Basketball Camp and MVP Girls Basketball Camp and coâ€‘commissioner of the National Council of Young Israel basketball league. He can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.