Rabbi Yisrael Silverman, Yeshiva Har Torah assistant principal, and Judah Rhine, AFS director, at YHT’s Swish for Sderot bulletin board
Rabbi Yisrael Silverman, Yeshiva Har Torah assistant principal, and Judah Rhine, AFS director, at YHT’s Swish for Sderot bulletin board
Rabbi Yisrael Silverman, Yeshiva Har Torah assistant principal, and Judah Rhine, AFS director, at YHT’s Swish for Sderot bulletin board
Flatbush v. JEC
Flatbush v. JEC


Teams Maidenbaum and Rita’s showing good sportsmanship and shaking hands  after a close game
Teams Maidenbaum and Rita’s showing good sportsmanship and shaking hands
after a close game
1st—2nd-grade practice Monday night
1st—2nd-grade practice Monday night

By Judah Rhine

The grand finale of the Swish for Sderot first annual yeshiva day school 8th-grade boys’ basketball tournament is scheduled to take place this Sunday, December 4, at SAR Academy in Riverdale. The games are to begin at 11:00 a.m. and run throughout the day in both gyms. The schedule is as follows:

11:00 a.m.: Derech Hatorah vs. YCQ

12:15 p.m.: Ashar v. Magen David

1:30 p.m.: RPRY v. HALB

2:00 p.m.: HAFTR v. JEC

2:45 p.m.: Westchester Day School vs. Har Torah

3:15 p.m.: MDS v. HANC

4:30 p.m.: NSHA v. SAR

There will be giveaways for the players and raffles. Each participating team will select an all-star player who will receive a trophy. All players on the championship team will receive individual trophies as well as a team trophy.

The day is the conclusion of a month-long ongoing campaign which consisted of raising awareness and fundraising for the Yeshivat Hesder of Sderot and the Sderot community, located on the front lines of southern Israel, just one mile from the Gaza border. In addition, all the participating teams that completed their two rounds of games will play their third game this Sunday at the grand finale.

For more information, please e-mail me at Judah@sderot.org or visit www.sderot.org/basketball.

Heschel 57, MTA 50. In a well-played basketball game, Heschel held on with some great foul shooting in the 4th quarter. Heschel never surrendered a one-point halftime lead, but the game was never out of hand and the Heat opened a 10-point lead late in the game mainly from the line. Ilan Orgel lead the Heat with 22 (3 threes) and Eli Gruenberg had 13 for MTA.

Flatbush Girls High School JV and Varsity Sweep North Shore. It took a few games, but the Flatbush girls’ basketball team finally found its way into the regular season win column as the JV and varsity girls took both ends of the doubleheader against host North Shore in Great Neck.

Head Coach Rozan Mizrahi filed this report:

The Falcons started out very strong with a trio of quick baskets by Raquel Oved, Esther Habert, and Renee Kubie. The defense, led by Sarah Gammal’s full-court pressure, provided Flatbush with an initial 16—2 lead. But the Falcons could not keep it together, allowing North Shore to pull down 15 offensive rebounds while compounding the problem by committing 11 fouls in the first half, sending the Stars repeatedly to the line. North Shore finished the half on a 20—5 run that left Flatbush trailing by 1 at halftime.

The second half started on a different note with North Shore’s head coach getting a technical foul for repeatedly walking onto the court. Sarah Gammal converted both foul shots, giving the Falcons the lead once more. On the ensuing possession, Betty Greenberg followed with a jumper from the elbow to give the falcons a 3-point lead, and Gammal immediately stole the ball and finished with a layup to put the falcons up 5 only 1:30 into the third quarter. On the next play down the court, North Shore again committed a technical foul, this time when a star player’s frustration led her to slam the ball to the floor. Gammal took advantage, hitting 1 of 2 from the line.

Foul shots proved to be the key to the Falcons’ success, as North Shore committed 7 fouls in the 3rd quarter alone, sending the Falcons to the line for the remainder of the game. Flatbush held a 32—30 lead going into the 4th quarter. The Stars would not back down, however, quickly taking a 4-point lead on three straight steals. But the Falcons kept their cool, scoring 10 points at the foul line in the final period, including Habert’s 2 made free throws with 20 seconds left. That put Flatbush up by 3, essentially sealing the Falcons first win of the season, 49—45.

The varsity girls were up next, and though the Falcons came out strong, they were having difficulties converting on shots and adjusting to the box-and-1 defense employed by North Shore against Flatbush’s top-scoring threat in Sarah Horowitz. By the end of the 1st quarter, the Falcons were down 10—7, with all the momentum in North Shore’s favor. As the varsity Falcons finally started to get comfortable in their offense, so did the Stars, draining difficult jumpers to give them a comfortable 5-point lead at halftime.

Down 26—21 at the break, the Falcons decided that they were finally done losing and opened the 3rd quarter on a 15—0 run. Flatbush held the Stars to only 3 points in the 3rd and successfully flipped the score, entering the 4th quarter with a 7-point lead. But the Stars showed why they are currently in first place, and refused to back down, scoring 6 quick points to cut the Falcon lead to 1 when Marlene Levy fouled out. The Falcons held strong, though, and didn’t crumble under the full-court pressure as Esther Harary hit a deep 3 to close the door on North Shore’s comeback bid. When the buzzer finally went off, the Falcons celebrated their first win of the season with a 42—39 victory.

Nest Notes: The JV girls were led in scoring by sophomore Raquel Oved’s 15 points. Esther Habert added 10 points, Sarah Gammal and Renee Kubie had 9 points apiece, Joy Cattan and Betty Greenberg both scored 2 points. Cynthia Hamoui rounded out the scoring with 1 point.

The varsity girls’ top-scoring performance came from Sarah Horowitz, who tallied 16 points on the night. Samantha Chabot and Esther Harary recorded 8 points each. Jacqueline Mizrachi scored 6 points, and Marlene Levy and Carolyn Kassin each scored 2.

Flatbush JV Hockey Defeats JEC. The Flatbush JV hockey team took care of business on Monday night, November 28, defeating the JEC Thunder 4—2 at the Aux Nest in Brooklyn.

Play opened with both teams looking to push the puck on offense, and the Thunder struck first. When the Falcon defenders did not make a clean clear of a loose ball in front of the net, JEC pounced on it, and lifted the ball just over the stick of Flatbush goalie Sol Laniado. But Laniado was sharp thereafter, keeping JEC off the board the rest of the period. With under two minutes left in the opening stanza, Flatbush got the equalizer when Mo Goldman took a feed from Mark Shalam and shot it past the JEC netminder to knot the score at 1—1. Marty Elmekies almost gave Flatbush the lead going into the break, but his offering was denied at the last moment to keep the game even after 1 period of play.

The 2nd period saw much more action, particularly from the host squad as Flatbush grabbed the lead on a goal from Ezra Dweck (from Goldman) less than 2 minutes in. A nifty shot from the stick of Mark Shalam on a give from Steven Sutton midway through gave Flatbush a 2-goal cushion. It would not last long, though, as another failed clear on defense left Laniado vulnerable, and with under 2 minutes in the period, the Thunder closed the gap to 1. That was where it stood at the end of the 2nd period, with Flatbush holding on to a 3—2 lead.

The final period saw Flatbush get one more in the first 1:15 of the period as Shalam returned the favor to Sutton, who gave Flatbush back its 2-goal cushion. From that point on, play got very chippy, as the Thunder pressed to get back in it, and the officials let the boys play. As a result, the game became much more physical, with both teams having players sitting in the penalty box as time expired on the Falcon victory.

Five Towns Jewish Sports League Roundup

Week 5 Results

Grades 1—2:

Lobos 5, Gourmet Glatt 1

Maidenbaum 7, Rita’s 6

Grades 3—5:

Rita’s 8, Lobos 1

Gourmet Glatt 4, Maidenbaum 1

Grades 6—8:

Maidenbaum 6, Rita’s 3

Lobos 4, GG 1

High School:

Maidenbaum 5, Lobos 4

GG over Lobos 7—3

To learn more about the Five Towns Jewish Sports League, visit www.5tjsl.com or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/Jewish-sports-leagues-LLC.

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 mvp4boys@gmail.com or mvp4girls@gmail.com.


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