Boys Varsity Basketball
MTA varsity basketball Lions faced off against the Flatbush Falcons. The Lions were looking for their first home win of the season, while the Falcons were looking for their first victory. This was a definite must-win game for both teams.
In the first quarter, the Falcons decided to slow down the tempo, which gave the Lions the opportunity to properly set up their defense. When the shot went up, the Lions had the ability to control the paint and grab every rebound. Offensively, the Lions used their size, most notably from center Tani Engel (‘21), who was able to back down his man leading to many easy baskets or open cuts from teammates Akiva Coan (‘21), Azi Goldberg (‘21), and Elie Goldberg (‘20). This style of play continued into the second quarter, giving MTA the lead at halftime.
Coming out of the half, the Lions continued to control the paint leading to many second-chance opportunities from seniors Mendel Hein and Ikey Gutlove. In addition, the Lions came out shooting with many clutch three-pointers down the stretch by guards Yosef Zakon (‘21) and Tzvi Zigelstein (‘20). When the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard showed the score of 45–34 in favor of the Lions. This gave the Lions their second win of the young season. Although they have plenty of room for improvement, the Lions continue to show their capability to be able to play with any team, which can take them far, hopefully resulting in a championship. The Lions face off against the SAR Sting this coming Saturday night at the Max Stern Athletic Center.
7th Grade Center Cup
The Magen David Warriors 7th grade boys came out strong in their quest for the Center Cup, taking a 14–2 lead just minutes into the game. Pressure defense kept Flatbush from ever mounting a comeback and the offense took care of business to take a 22–10 lead into halftime. The 3rd quarter was where the Warriors put on the jets and raced out to a 36–11 lead to go into the 4th quarter. Playing mostly keep away for the 4th period and showing good sportsmanship, the Warriors were able to capture the first-ever Center Cup for 7th grade and set the tone for a promising season. The final score was 40–17.
8th Grade Cup Champs
The 8th grade MDY Warriors faced off against the Flatbush Falcons in the finals of the Center Cup. The Warriors started off hot with a three-pointer by Mark Sardar to start off the game. You could just feel the momentum and the energy go in favor of the Warriors side from the tip. The Warriors led 17–6 at the end of the first quart.
During the 2nd quarter, the Warriors caused turnovers and led to easy baskets. The Warriors’ offense was still firing on all cylinders. They led 31–14 at the half.
The Warriors slowed the pace down in 3rd quarter. They wasted time and held on to their lead. They led 50–24 at the end of the 3.
The Falcons did not go down without a fight in the final quarter. They started persistent and cut the lead to 5 with 2 minutes remaining. Both teams were competing and Flatbush cut the deficit to 3 with a minute left. The Warriors iced the game at the line. The final score was 52–47.
Game high scorer, and finals MVP was Leo Mizrahi of the Warriors with 28 points (5 3-pointers). Jack Haber finished with 12 points.
HANC JV Update
Hanc JV vs Rambam
After a season-opening loss to YDE by a score of 40–36, the HANC JV Hurricanes stormed back with two victories this past week on the road.
HANC visited Rambam and opened up an early 14–2 lead. In the second quarter, Rambam got their game together and closed the gap with HANC leading at halftime by a score of 20–14. The third quarter played mostly back and forth, but in the fourth quarter HANC took control and finished with a 42–32 victory. HANC was led by Yosef Lubeck with 18 points. Daniel Zar and Daniel Haim each had 8 points. Yehoshua Marciano led Rambam with 8 points.
HANC JV vs. Derech HaTorah
Two nights later, the HANC JV traveled to Derech HaTorah and once again took a commanding 22–7 lead after one quarter. They expanded the lead at halftime and cruised to a solid road victory. HANC had balanced scoring, led by Yosef Lubeck with 17 points; Daniel Yushuvayev with 8 points; Daniel Zar with 7 points; and Aaron Mahgerefteh, David Khalili, and Jaiden Etienne each scoring 6 points. Derech HaTorah was led by Yonatan Jakubowitz with 17 points and Kovy Russ with 13 points. HANC JV overall record is 3–1, and 2–1 in league play.
Girls Middle School
The HANC Hurricanes girls’ basketball team started off their season with an amazing victory against YHT. The final score was 23–21 HANC. The whole team played amazingly. Shira Oppenheim, Addison Floumanhauf, and Gitty Kahn, all tied with the most points — six points each. Let’s go HANC! We are hoping for many more wins for this team in the future!
Congratulations to the whole team and the coach on this huge victory!
Introducing the Brandeis MaccaBees
The Brandeis School partnered with the Nassau Herald to run a contest to find a new name for the Brandeis sports teams. The contest, which ran over the summer and into early fall, resulted with the following winners:
- Rabbi Saul Haimoff: Maccabi Brandeis
- Robin Feit: Brandeis Bees
The Brandeis administration along with alumni efforts combined the two names to create the Brandeis MaccaBees. The logo was designed by Liav Dahari, Brandeis Class of 2011.
We wish our Brandeis MaccaBees much luck as they embark on a new sports season!