By Judah Rhine

Young Israel Roundup

Coming off an opening-day win, Ohr Chaim looked to capture their second victory in front of a packed, enthusiastic Mashadi crowd. OC got off to a quick start, leading by as much as 13. However, Tanner Zar and Nadav Hematian brought Mashadi storming back in the second half. The game became a nail-biter, but a clutch shot by Simmy Taubenfeld quieted the crowd with a minute to go, and Akiva Sendrovic’s foul shots sealed the win for OC.

MAY 50, Heichal HaTorah 47. This past Sunday, February 22, Teaneck-based Heichal HaTorah had the opportunity to challenge reigning intermediate division champions, MAY, on their home court. Heichal came out aggressive and maintained consistent, quality play throughout the first three quarters, keeping the game close and holding onto the lead going into the fourth, 33—27.

In the fourth quarter, Heichal hit some big shots and went on an 8—0 run to take a 13-point lead. Coach Josh Friedman switched his MAY Eagles to a man defense and was able to force multiple turnovers. Freshman Yitzy Berger lit it up from downtown, scoring 3 threes in a row. The game was tied 47—47. With 50 seconds left to the game, Heichal tried killing the clock to hold for one shot, but MAY’s defense pressured them and caused another turnover. With seven seconds left, MAY freshman Shragi Peretz took control of play. Hearing his coach scream “clock,” Peretz threw up a shot from half court with a man in his face. The crowd was silent. All you heard was a buzzer in the background and a clean swoosh to give MAY the win, 50—47.

Seventh-Grade Recap

In the final game of the regular season for both teams, HAFTR visited Flatbush on another wintry night. HAFTR started out quickly and jumped out to an 8—0 and 12—3 lead. Flatbush then got their game together and outscored HAFTR 12—3 to close out the first quarter and tie the score at 15—15. In the second quarter, HAFTR built a five-point lead that continued into the fourth quarter. Flatbush cut the lead only to have HAFTR build the lead again and ended up with a seven-point victory. HAFTR ended the regular season 9—1. Flatbush, after starting the season 0—4, finished the season strong and ended up with a 4—6 record. Leading the way for HAFTR was Jedwab, 14 points; Rokosz, 11; and Perl with 10. Flatbush was led by Eli Cohen with 15 points and Leon Ades added 11.

Playoff Recaps

North Shore sweeps high-school playoff doubleheader. In an opening round playoff matchup, North Shore hosted Rambam. North Shore started fast and raced out to a 13—6 first-quarter lead. In the second quarter, North Shore continued their domination and built a 32—13 halftime lead. In the second half, North Shore continued to add to their advantage and cruised to an easy victory. Noah Aaron led Rambam with 13 points. North Shore was led by Warshaw with 22 points, and Malekan had 9.

Varsity. In another opening round playoff matchup, North Shore hosted HANC. The first quarter started off as a seesaw battle which ended up tied at 9 apiece. In the second quarter, North Shore built a small 4-point lead which they carried into halftime. In the third quarter, North Shore applied extreme pressure and outscored HANC 20—4 in the third quarter, finishing with a 46—23 victory. North Shore was led by Cody Cohen with 24 points.

High-School Playoff Results And Schedule


Boys’ Varsity–1st Round

Heschel 56, JEC 42

Hillel 48, Ramaz 45

MDY 66, YDE 45

North Shore 46, HANC 23

Quarterfinal Matchups:

Heschel at DRS

North Shore at TABC

Hillel at HAFTR

Magen David at Frisch


Boys’ JV–1st Round

TABC 53, Ramaz 48

North Shore defeated Rambam

DRS 57, HANC 42

MTA 45, JEC 34

Quarterfinal Matchups:

North Shore at Frisch


TABC at Flatbush



Girls’ Varsity “A”

HAFTR 50, Frisch 42

Bruriah 55, North Shore 37

Ramaz defeated Hillel

SAR 39, Flatbush 34

Semifinal Matchups:

SAR at Bruriah

HAFTR at Ramaz


Girls’ Varsity “B” (Round Robin)

Ilan at Shalhevet

MDY at Ilan

Shalhevet at MDY


Girls’ JV

Maayanot 56, Central 25

North Shore 47, Frisch 34

Kushner at Flatbush

SAR 35, HAFTR 21



Boys’ Varsity–1st Round

MTA 6, Rambam 0

Ramaz 6, Ramaz 1

Quarterfinal Matchups:

TABC 3, Ramaz 0

DRS 4, Kushner 0




Boys JV–1st Round



Quarterfinal Matchups:


Frisch 2, Flatbush 0


HAFTR at Rambam

MVP All-Star Day 2015

On Sunday, March 29, MVP Basketball will host its seventh annual Boys’ All-Star Day. This year, the event will be taking place at SAR High School in Riverdale. The daylong program features five all-star games–sixth grade, seventh grade, eighth grade, high-school junior varsity, and high-school varsity. The all-star rosters comprise players from yeshivas throughout the New York/New Jersey and Long Island metro area as selected by their respective coaches. Each of the participants will receive MVP All-Star Day T-shirts. The teams will be coached by coaches from the yeshivas.

At halftime of each all-star game, there will be the exciting MVP three-point shootout, which features three-point “specialists” as selected by their respective coaches. Each three-point champion will receive an MVP three-point shootout trophy. Two MVPs from each all-star game (one from the winning team and one from the losing team) will be awarded MVP trophies as well. The games are attended by many spectators, including family, friends, and teammates. Stay tuned for a full recap of MVP All-Star Day 2015. For more information, please contact Judah Rhine at

Basketball Standings:
Girls’ Middle School


YHT                                                         9—1

North Shore                                            6—3

HAFTR                                                    5—4

Flatbush                                                  4—6

HANC                                                      3—7

Brandeis                                                  2—8


Women Only

HALB                                                    10—0

YNJ                                                          8—2

Barkai                                                      7—3

MDY                                                        6—4

YCQ                                                         4—6

Shulamith BK                                        3—7

Bruriah                                                    2—8

Shulamith LI                                        0—10

Boys’ Middle School

8th Grade

Division 1

Flatbush                                                  9—0

Barkai                                                      7—2

MDY                                                        7—3

YCQ                                                         4—6

YDH                                                         4—6

YOH                                                         1—9

CHY                                                         1—9

SSSQ                                                      0—10


Division 2

HAFTR                                                 10—0

NSHA                                                      7—2

YHT                                                         6—3

HALB                                                      6—3

Brandeis                                                  3—6

HANC                                                      2—8


7th Grade

HAFTR                                                    9—1

MDY                                                        7—2

Flatbush                                                  4—6

HALB                                                      3—6

NSHA                                                      1—9


6th Grade

North Shore                                          10—0

Flatbush                                                  8—2

HAFTR                                                    7—2

HALB                                                      5—5

MDY                                                        5—5

YCQ                                                         4—6

YDH                                                         3—7

Barkai                                                      2—7

YHT                                                       0—10

YIBB Standings


Harborview                                             1—0

Red Shul                                                  2—0

YI Manhattan                                        2—1

Yam Hatorah                                         2—1

MAY                                                        2—1

YI Woodmere                                        1—2

Heichel Hatorah                                    1—3

Meishav Nefesh                                     0—1

Tribeca                                                    0—2

Be’er Hagola                                          0—0


Ohr Chaim                                              2—0

MAY                                                        1—0

YI Woodmere                                        1—0

ZDR                                                         1—1

YI Jamaica Estates                               0—0

Mashadi                                                  0—1

Shaare Torah                                         0—1

Tiferes Torah                                          0—1

Be’er Hagolah                                        0—1

Judah Rhine is co-director of MVP Boys Basketball Camp and MVP Girls Basketball Camp and is the co-commissioner of the National Council of Young Israel Basketball League. He has been coaching youth basketball for 30+ years. He can be reached at or



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