DRS faces off against SAR on Friday at the Sarachek Invitational Basketball Tournament at Yeshiva University. Photo by MacsLive

Games are under way for local teams competing in the 27th Annual Red Sarachek Invitational Basketball Tournament at Yeshiva University.

DRS plays SAR on Friday at the Max Stern Athletic Center on YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights and HANC faces off Friday against Fuchs Mizrachi School at SAR High School.

HANC played Thursday’s game of the day. Top-seeded YULA was able to knock off the 8-seeded HANC Hurricanes in a 55-49, wire-to-wire game. Led by Noam Meisels (19 points) and Noah Pomerance (12 points), the Panthers overcame an early double digit deficit to come back and defeat the Hurricanes in front of a packed gym.

Twenty schools compete in the annual tournament. Yeshiva University High School always plays as the tournament host. The other teams are the school with the best tournament record over the past seven years, the two top teams in the Metropolitan Yeshiva High School League (MYHSL), and five discretionary selections. The rest of the teams are selected by lottery to give players from around the country a chance to experience the tournament.

The tournament is divided into four tiers, each with its own champion.

The players are looking forward to the competition, getting acquainted with the YU campus and spending Shabbos with yeshiva high school basketball players from around the country.

“Our annual tournament was named for former YU Maccabees coach Bernard ‘Red’ Sarachek, and we honor his legacy by creating a meaningful experience that promotes camaraderie, sportsmanship, Jewish unity, and pride in Yeshiva University,” said Matthew Schwartz, senior associate director of operations of YU’s office of admissions.

“It’s really special to see students who were locked in fierce competition just hours earlier come together as one cohesive YU community for Shabbat. Their experiences throughout the tournament drive home the fact that a YU education means having a topnotch academic and extracurricular experience without having to sacrifice or compromise on their religious values.”

Saturday night games already set are The Mesivta High School of Greater Philadelphia vs Harkham GAON Academy at 9:15 p.m. and Kohelet Yeshiva High School vs Farber Hebrew Day School at 10:45 p.m.

The tournament will be broadcast in high definition video by the student run MacsLive sports network. For complete tournament coverage, including scores, statistics, game summaries and awards, please visit MacsLive.com/Sarachek.

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