This past Sunday, history was made in Yeshiva University as the DRS Wildcats Varsity Basketball Team won the first Yeshiva League Basketball Championship in the school’s 16-year existence. After trailing 2—0, Daniel Stroh got the Wildcats rolling with a three, which gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Adam Schraga led the way early with two threes to pace DRS to an eight point lead. Throughout the game DRS had many different players contribute. Mitch Blitman’s rebounding didn’t allow second chances and his offensive boards led to second chance points. Yonatan Kerstien and Josh Kaufman each handled the ball with great alacrity, not allowing Ramaz to steal the ball.
At the half, DRS led by a comfortable 13-point margin. Ramaz, though, still had a run, cutting the lead to 5 midway through the fourth quarter. That is when the DRS team started relying on the fans. Some 150 students made the trip to the Heights to create a greenhouse in Manhattan. DRS then dug deep, breaking the press and getting the ball to game MVP Yoel Schrier who iced the game with tremendous free throw shooting.
DRS ended the season with a 10-game winning streak, including a 4-game playoff run. It was a real credit to their coach, Jared Solomon, who retired after this game. Even though DRS practice time was limited early this season because of Hurricane Sandy, Jared kept the team focused on the ultimate goal–the championship. v