MTA Lions varsity hockey team versus the Hillel Panthers

MDY 51, Rambam 11

The MDY Warriors, again without Albert Nsiri, were facing off against the Rambam Ravens. To honor last year’s JV team on their banner night, the Warriors sent out the same starting five to begin the game. They didn’t miss a beat as they led 17–0 after one quarter, led by Eddie Shrem’s six assists!

The Warriors continued their tough play in the second quarter led by Elliot Dweck’s shooting. They led 27–5 at the half. The second half was more of the same as the Warriors slowed the pace down and had incredible ball movement. The final score was 51–11. Elliott Dweck led the Warriors with 11 points on 5–6 shooting. Eddie Shrem had 4 points and 7 assists and controlled the tempo the whole game. Shmuel Siegel led the Ravens with 5 points. After this game the Warriors were 2–0 in league play and 5–0 overall.

DRS 68, Magen Abraham 42

DRS opened its varsity basketball season with an impressive 68–42 home victory over Magen Abraham. High-scorers for the Wildcats were Jo Jo Velenski with 17 points and Ezra Sicklick with 15 points.

MTA Varsity Hockey Lions Shut Out Hillel on Opening Night

On Wednesday, October 30, the MTA varsity hockey Lions played against the Hillel Panthers. Both teams were ready for an exciting game. Two minutes into the first period, Gabe Pudell (‘21) scored what turned out to be the first of many MTA goals. Shortly after that, Ben Friedman (‘20) scored. That was it for the first period.

During the second period, Aaron Borgen (‘20) scored goal number three of the night. A few minutes later, Hillel got a penalty and Gabe Pudell took advantage and scored a goal to end the power play. The second period ended with a score of 4–0 in favor of MTA. Around two minutes into the third period, Ben Friedman tried for the net and scored. Just three minutes later, Yosef Sullivan (‘20) scored, followed by Matthew Welgrin (‘20). The last goal of the game was scored by Chaim Davidowitz (‘21). MTA won the game with a score of 8–0. Kudos to MTA goalies Avraham Levi (‘20) and Mordechai Gelernter (‘21) for shutting out Hillel.

JEC Update

On Wednesday night, October 30, three JEC basketball teams enjoyed big nights before an excited crowd in the Wilf Gymnasium, the JEC home court.

The tip-off was the middle school team against JFS of Staten Island. At half-time of this game, the JEC community celebrated the unveiling of a banner for the undefeated division-winning 2018–19 JEC Thunder. During the game, the middle school Thunder dominated from tip to final buzzer, and won the game 66–21.

The next game featured the JEC Thunder JV against the YDE Thunder JV. (yes, the same name). It was a back-and-forth affair between the evenly matched teams. The game was tied at 46 all in the 4th period with 3.6 seconds to play. JEC had the ball on an inbounds play under its basket. JEC inbounded the ball, the shot missed, but Elisha Joyandeh snared the offensive rebound, and put it up and in for a winning bucket, just as the buzzer sounded and the red lights surrounding the basket went off as JEC won 48–46. The crowd watching this exciting game stormed the court as if it were a playoff win.

Leading the scoring for the JEC JV was Evan Krul (14), Akiva Hess (10), Yosef Heller (10), Hillel Muehlgay (7), and tip-in winner Joyandeh with 4.

In the finale of the triple header, the YDE varsity Thunder of Brooklyn played the JEC Thunder in an exciting warm-up to the regular season.

The JEC varsity Thunder defeated the visiting YDE Thunder in the night cap of a triple header, by a 54–39 score. JEC won all three games for a highly successful night.

JEC (now 2–1 on the campaign entering the Yeshiva League regular season) led 19–11 at the end of the first period off a dominating performance of 11 points by junior captain Ethan Thurm.

By half-time, JEC built a 33–20 lead and carried that lead for the rest of the game, and the 54–39 win.

Every JEC player contributed significant minutes. Thurm ended up with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Senior captain Hillel Glick tallied 12, with 11 rebounds. Junior Josh Krause scored 7 points to go with eight steals and deflections.

Juniors Eli Krul (trey) and Benny Gluck (2) contributed their first varsity points.

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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