The MDY Warriors opened up the regular season against the newest team in the league, YMA. They were without leading scorer Albert Nsiri as he was out due to injury. The Warriors led 24–6 after one quarter with a lot of contributions from everyone on the team.

In the second quarter, the Warriors continued their hot start and led 42–16 at the half due to ferocious defense of MDY. The Warriors played great half court during the second half. MDY again had contributions from many different players.

The final score was 77–27. Sammy Chabbott led MDY with 13 points and 3 assists. Elliott Dweck and Jo Sultan each had 12 points. Alvin Ades led YMA with 6 points. The Warriors are now 1–0 in league play and 4–0 overall.

MTA Lions Varsity Basketball Preview

Throughout the 2018–19 basketball season, the MTA Varsity Lions saw much success both on and off the court. Whether it was hanging out as a team, coming close to winning the Glouberman Tournament in Los Angeles, or winning the Tier 2 Sarachek Championship, there was plenty of excitement for the Varsity Lions.

Although this year’s roster is almost entirely new, the Lions are looking for repeated success and have been working hard to be in shape and get their team chemistry flowing. The Lions will be led by returning senior guards Tzvi Zigelstein and Ikey Gutlove and big men Mendel Hein and Elie Goldberg. In addition, the junior class looks to be promising, headlined by JV standouts Yosef Zakon, Tani Engel, and Azi Goldberg, and many other essential members of the team.

The Lions all have a common goal of achieving success and believe that they have the talent to compete for a Yeshiva League championship. More importantly, the team is committed to representing MTA as proper b’nei Torah, both in the way they play on the court as well their actions and conduct off the court.

The Idea School Debut

The Idea School played the first-ever Yeshiva League basketball game Sunday afternoon at the JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly New Jersey versus Hillel (New Jersey). It was a great back-and-forth game with Hillel taking the early lead and The Idea School coming back to take the lead in the third quarter to ultimately lose by 6 points.

Leading scorers for The Idea School were Albert Benatar with 14 points including four 3s, Gabe Shein with 13 points and 15 boards, and freshman Shimmy Weinberger with 7 points.

Young Israel Basketball 2020

Attention rabbis, principals, athletic directors, youth directors, and coaches: Young Israel Boys Basketball is back for another action packed season! The Young Israel Boys Basketball League is open to all schools and shuls in the tristate area who would like to participate.

League meeting: November
Season starts: February
Includes 10 league games, playoffs, and championships


  • Junior Division: 7th–8th grades (new for 2020)
  • Intermediate Division: 9th–10th grades
  • Senior Division: 11th–12th grades

Don’t miss out! If you are interested in entering teams in the league please email

Five Towns Jewish Times Sportscenter

From the opening tip off through the final buzzer of the championship games, Sportcenter is your number one source for all Yeshiva League news.

This weekly sports column will include summaries and results of Yeshiva League boys’ and girls’ basketball and hockey games from middle school, high school junior varsity and varsity teams, as well as other features.

Please send in recaps (and pictures) following your games during the season so that they can be included in the 5TJT Sportscenter column.

All submissions should be sent to

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 or


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