By Judah Rhine

The Swish for Sderot Yeshiva Day School Boys’ Basketball Tournament entered its second week with loads of action all over the tri-state area.

Game 5. Ramaz hosted its first-ever Swish for Sderot Basketball game versus MDS. The first quarter was a seesaw battle which saw Ramaz take a 10—9 lead after one. In the second quarter, Ramaz started to dominate inside and took a 26—12 lead at halftime. In the second half, Ramaz pulled away and secured a 57—28 victory.

Leading scorer for Ramaz was Cy Aminzadeh with 10 points, and leading scorer for MDS was Moshe Spirgel with 13 points

Tournament Scoring: Ramaz, 70 tournament points; MDS, 6 tournament points.

Game 6. At the Yeshivah of Flatbush, Yeshiva Har Torah and MDY faced off in their first games in this year’s Swish for Sderot Basketball Tournament. Both teams started off trading baskets, and the first quarter ended with MDY holding a 12—8 lead. In the second quarter, YHT held it close and trailed by a score of 23—18 at the half. YHT continued to shoot 3-point shots and had a total of eight 3s for the game. In the second half, MDY applied full-court pressure and built a comfortable 46—33 lead after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, MDY maintained their advantage and achieved a 59—41 victory.

Leading scorer for YHT was Kohanim with 10 points. Jack Cohen led MDY with 15 points.

Tournament Scoring: MDY (1—0), 83 points; YHT (0—1), 27 points.

Game 7. In the nightcap, the hometown YOF faced off against YCQ. YOF started off strong and held a 14—5 lead after one quarter. YCQ kept it close and played an evenly matched second quarter but still trailed 23—12 at halftime. In the third quarter, YOF’s defense led to many fast breaks and they build their lead to 39—15. In the fourth quarter, YOF maintained their advantage and secured a 53—32 win.

Leading scorer for YOF was Abie Saada with 12 points. Lubek led YCQ with 18 points.

Tournament Scoring Points: YOF (1—0) 65 points; YCQ (0—1) 21 points.

Game 8. In a second-round game for both schools, Ramaz defeated Bi-Cultural Day School. Both teams started off fresh with Ramaz holding a 15—7 lead after one quarter. Ramaz then applied strong defensive pressure which resulted in some breakaway layups and they continued to extend the lead. Although Bi-Cultural battled throughout the game, Ramaz proved to be too strong and they prevailed 68—20.

HALB v. North Shore

Leading scorer for Ramaz was Cy Aminzadeh with 16 points. Leading scorer for Bi-Cultural was Robert Oken with 8 points.

Tournament Points: Ramaz (2—0), 75 points this game; Bi-Cultural (0 —2), 5 points this game

Game 9. On Sunday afternoon, RPRY finally played its first game of the Tournament visiting JEC. This game was truly a 3-point contest as the teams combined for a total of 14 three-point field goals (7 for each team). JEC started off fast, building a 15—4 after one quarter. They increased their lead to 37—14 at halftime. In the second half, RPRY started to hit some threes, but JEC still led 53—24 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, RPRY tried to keep it close, but JEC prevailed with a 67—39 margin of victory.

Leading scorer for JEC was Ikey Rozehzadeh with 30 points. Leading scorer for RPRY was Evin Krul with 12 points.

Tournament Points: JEC (1—1), 81 points this game; RPRY (0—1) 33 points this game

HAFTR Hawks at Swish for Sderot

Game 10. HALB and North Shore, both undefeated, faced off in HAFTR. North Shore raced out to an early lead and kept the lead with a solid 29—12 halftime advantage. In the third quarter, HALB outscored North Shore by 9 points and got back into the game. The fourth quarter was back-and-forth, but North Shore held on for the victory.

Leading scorers for HALB were Tocker and Schiowitz with 7 points each. Zuckerman led North Shore with 16 points. Turock from North Shore had 11 points and 8 steals.

Tournament Points: North Shore (2—0), 73 points this game; HALB (1—1), 22 points this game

HANC Hurricanes at Swish for Sderot

Game 11. In the nightcap, HAFTR and HANC were set to meet, each seeking their first victory in the Swish for Sderot Basketball Tournament. HAFTR was dominant in the beginning and held a commanding lead through halftime. In the third quarter, thanks to a number of 3-point field goals, HANC was able to cut the lead and played to a standstill in the fourth quarter. But HAFTR was too strong. Despite HANC hitting nine 3-point field goals, HAFTR was victorious by a score of 79—44.

Leading scorer for HAFTR was Salem with 27 points. Ari Ivry led HANC with 29 points.

Tournament Points: HAFTR (1—1), 77 points this game; HANC (0—2), 34 points this game.

The preliminary rounds of the tournament conclude next week, leading up to the Tier 1 and Tier 2 grand finales.

Tournament Point Standings, November 13

  1. Ramaz 2—0, 145
  2. North Shore 2—0, 139
  3. MDY 1—0, 83
  4. Moriah 1—0, 72
  5. Flatbush 1—0, 66
  6. HAFTR 1—1, 117
  7. JEC 1—1, 98
  8. HALB 1—1, 89
  9. MDS 1—1, 72
  10. RPRY 0—1, 33
  11. Yeshiva Har Torah 0—1, 27
  12. YCQ 0—1, 21
  13. HANC 0—2, 72
  14. Bi-Cultural 0—2, 29

Yeshiva League Roundup

HALB Lions at Swish for Sderot

DRS Varsity 70, Shaaray Torah 50. The DRS varsity basketball team opened its MYHSAL season with a victory. DRS started strong and opened a big lead early. They had well-balanced scoring with four starters in double figures. Gavriel Kahn led all scorers with 18 points. Josh Hirt had 16, Amiel Kerstein 14, and Gideon Vilensky 12.

DRS Wildcats 87, Derech Hatorah 22. DRS improved to 2 & 0 in league play. Gideon Vilensky led all scorers with 23 points. Josh Hirt added 10; Amiel Kerstein and Gavriel Kahn chipped in with 9 each.

Heschel 57, Hillel 47. In a Battle of the Heats, Heschel got their senior leader Ilan Orgel back from a three-week calf injury. He had 20 points and 5 rebounds, followed by fellow senior captain Itamar Oren who had 15 and 5 rebounds. Hillel was led by their point guard Cohen who had 20 points and 6 threes. Heschel is now 4+1 on the season and 2+0 in league play. They go crosstown to take on their rival Ramaz on November 15 following a JV game and return home Sunday, November 19 to host TABC at 2:00 p.m.

Rambam 64, Flatbush 51. After a sluggish first half by the home team, which had them trailing Flatbush by as many as 15 points, Rambam came out after the break and clamped down on defense, holding the visiting Falcons to only 15 second-half points, then forced the game into overtime by Eli Hanuka’s 3-point shot at the buzzer. In overtime, Rambam continued their tough defense and held Flatbush scoreless for the duration of the game.

Aaron Azose and Eli Hanuka both paced the attack for the Ravens with 24 points apiece.

Rambam 45, HAFTR 31. Aaron Azose scored 15 points to help the visiting team defeat HAFTR. Ethan Aaron chipped in with 14 points to help Rambam improve to 3—0 on the season.

The Early Bird Gets
The Gold

Every four years, Israel has the Maccabiah Games, which is like the summer Olympics. Ten thousand Jewish athletes, of all ages, from 80 countries around the world, meet in Israel to compete in many sports, such as soccer, basketball, tennis, and numerous others. The Maccabiah is the third-largest international sporting event in the world.

In July 2017, Harold Rubin, one of the “early birds,” decided to register for Maccabiah 2017 (the 20th Maccabiah games) in the 70-and-over group. The “early birds” play daily between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.–and some have been together 40+ years!

Arriving in late June, Harold and his wife, Esti, went to their daughter Tammy, who lives in Israel with her husband, Eric, and four children. After a few days of quality family time, Harold began practicing in earnest on clay, a new surface for him.

The opening ceremonies of the 2017 Maccabiah games took place in Jerusalem on July 4, in Teddy Stadium, in front of 35,000 cheering spectators and supporters. A truly unforgettable event!

Harold played in both the singles and doubles competition, and after several tough matches failed to advance past the quarterfinals round in singles. Meanwhile, the same could not be said on the doubles scene. Harold and his partner played very well together, complementing each other’s game, even though they had never played with each other until this competition.

Cheered by his grandchildren, Harold and his partner, Andrew Harrison of California, faced some hot competition (temperatures were over 95°F every day) but nevertheless persevered and won the gold medal in doubles. Harold was so proud of his gold medal that he had it bronzed!

Harold, congratulations on your victory! We’re proud of you!

5 Towns Flag
Football League

Under the leadership of Rabbi Eli Brazil and Larry Gross, the 5 Towns Flag Football League has just finished their third season. Congratulations to the champions in each division.

The season and playoffs were beyond amazing, as many of the games were decided in the final seconds. The league, which is open to boys in grades 1—8 in the Five Towns and surrounding areas, had five divisions with over 30 teams. The ability to play competitive flag football in a structured environment makes this league such a great success. Plans are under way for next season, which will hopefully begin in the beginning of March. The league thanks sponsors Gourmet Glatt, S. Adelsberg & Co. Certified Public Accountants, and Oppenheimer Orthodontics.

To view more pictures and for more information, visit www.5townsflagfootball.com.

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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