By Judah Rhine
Hoops For Heroes Yashar LaChayal 8th-Grade Boys Basketball Tournament
JEC Versus HALB
Preliminary game 3 at the Hoops for Heroes Yashar LaChayal Tournament featured the HALB Lions hosting the JEC Thunder. HALB got off to a quick 6–0 start but JEC came right back and tied the score at 6–6. After trading baskets, the team ended a high-scoring first quarter even at 16 apiece. The seesaw battle continued into the second quarter with JEC pulling out to a 5-point lead. HALB came right back with a run of its own and held a 26–23 lead at halftime. In the second half, HALB’s pressure defense forced turnovers that led to baskets. HALB took command of the game with a 54–42 lead after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, JEC managed to cut the lead to 5 points but HALB stormed right back and secured a 59–46 victory. Leading the way for HALB was Isaac Solomon with 22 points, Aharon Cohen with 15 points, and Ari Saffra with 9 points. JEC was led by Rami Rozehzadeh with 19 points and Reuven Rozehzadeh with 10 points.
Yeshiva Har Torah Versus HANC
In a game rescheduled due to an early-season snowstorm, Yeshiva Har Torah visited HANC for preliminary game 4 before a large crowd of parents, family members, and friends. HANC raced out to an early commanding lead and led after one quarter by a score of 14–2. YHT started to get their game back, both on offense and defense, but HANC still led 21–8 at halftime. In the third quarter, YHT started to make a run and closed the gap to 27–20. HANC then went on a 10–0 run to close out the third quarter with a 37–20 lead. In the fourth quarter, YHT outscored HANC 9–8, but the lead was too big to overcome and HANC secured a 45–29 victory. HANC was led by Ben Mottahedeh with 25 points. YHT was led by Joshua Khalili with 14 points.
Heschel Versus Hillel
In an excellent high-school varsity game with both teams never separated by more than 6 points, the Heschel Heat survived after a circus-game-saving three-point shot at the buzzer by senior guard Charlie Sutton pushed the game into overtime. Seniors Jake Borher and Jesse Abed led the Heat with 20 and 18 points, respectively, and Yoni Vilensky led the Rams with 24 points.
SAR Versus JEC
SAR JV boys’ basketball defeated JEC, 81–41, to raise its record to 2–0. Led by Shalom Hazan’s 33 points, including ten 3-pointers (in only three quarters of play), SAR raised its 12-point lead to 31 at the end of the third. Ben Meyers and Ryan Weiss each chipped in 10 points for the Sting.
Yeshiva Of Flatbush Over Hillel
The Flatbush boys’ varsity basketball team surged late in the third quarter, and pulled away in the fourth to run their winning streak to five games as they defeated their extended community rival Hillel Heat by a score of 62–42 on Monday night, November 12, at the Falcons’ Nest in Brooklyn.
Flatbush jumped out to an early 5–2 lead over the Heat on a swish from 3 by senior guard Isaac Rosen. It looked like Flatbush might get some separation from Hillel, but misplays on three attempts at a tip-in failed, and Hillel broke away off the rebound to make it a one-point game. Noah Sedaka answered on an interior pass from Jack Rosow interior to lift Flatbush back up by three. Sedaka then returned the favor to a wide-open Rosow under the hoop. Meanwhile, Rosow was collecting rebounds on the defensive end. But Flatbush got sloppy on offense late in the quarter, and the Heat capitalized with two transition baskets in the final minute. At the end of one, Flatbush had dominated play but only led 11–10.
The start of the second quarter saw Flatbush more relaxed, and the Falcons soon regained a cushion. Reserve guard Kal Abed drew a turnover on a 5-second closely guarded call, and a Sedaka jumper off a pass from David Dweck made it a 28–20 game. Again, though, down the stretch the Falcons lost focus. Hillel closed late, and at the half Flatbush’s lead was down to three, 30–27.
Head coach Michael Gurock stressed the need for composure throughout the entire game, and the Falcons definitely paid attention. Flatbush again settled down, playing in control to start the half, and extended the lead to 37–32 midway through the quarter, before Isaac Rosen bled all over the floor after bumping his nose into a Hillel opponent. After the delay, Hillel again closed the gap, but this time it was Flatbush that had the late quarter run. Abed drew another 5-second call against the Hillel guard, then drained a three to put Flatbush up 42–36. With the clock winding down, Abed then came up with a steal and hit a slashing Eddie Lincer for two. At the end of three, Flatbush was up by 8 points, 44–36.
The Falcons were in high gear now, and with 1:29 gone in quarter number four they had extended their lead to 51–36. Coach Gurock pleaded for patience on offense, and his boys responded. They worked the ball, and eventually got a beautiful feed from Isaac Sutton to Lincer in the lane. After another Hillel miss, sharpshooter Joe Kattan swished a three, and Flatbush was up by 20 points, 56–36. Hillel was blanked for over half of the quarter, finally scoring a three-ball with 3:45 left in the game. Coach Gurock went to his reserves and they kept up the defensive intensity. Eli Cohen hit two baskets to maintain the cushion, and when the final buzzer sounded, Flatbush had collected a 62–42 win over the team from Deal, NJ.
Eddie Lincer led the Falcons in scoring with 16 points, while Kal Abed was right on his heels with 13 of his own. Flatbush dominated the boards behind strong rebounding from Jack Rosow and Noah Sedaka.
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 co‑commissioner of the National Council of Young Israel basketball league. He can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more of Judah Rhine’s articles here .