By Judah Rhine
The Heschel Heat lost 66–62 to HAFTR in an excellent high-school basketball game on senior night in Manhattan. The Heat opened a 24–13 lead after the first quarter due to the outstanding three-point shooting of senior guard Mor Shindler’s 3 threes and some shared help. HAFTR pulled to within 2 at the half due to the play of Rosner and Greenberg who had 16 points between them in the quarter out of a team-collective 20 points. HAFTR opened a 3-point lead after three quarters and then cooled off offensively. Heschel held a one-point lead and the ball with a little over one minute left in the game, but could not overcome the 35 foul-shot attempts by the visitors and the anemic 5 of 10 from the line for the Heat. Shindler finished with 17 but was aided all game by Jonathan Granowitz who had 15 and Sam Lippman who had a team high 18 and 10 rebounds. Greenberg finished with 23 (11 for 14 from the line) and Rosner had a consistent 17. The Heat were able to hold Perlow to 9 points and one field goal in the second half. The Heat will play their final regular-season game on Wednesday, February 4 when they visit TABC—still with a shot to garner the second playoff position with a win or a third-place consolation prize.
YOF v MDY. Boys’ Varsity Senior Night 2015 at the Nest was a charged event. A huge crowd was on hand, and the balcony was filled with vocal fans for the Falcons and the visiting Magen David Warriors.
After senior-night ceremonies and dedications featuring: addresses by head coach Avi Borenstein and presentations of plaques; an address by senior captain Meyer Kamkhachi; and recognition of athletic director Eric Amkraut and assistant coach Gus Kennedy, it got down to game time.
The Falcons needed the win to have a shot at a playoff berth, while MDY already had secured a playoff spot. The Falcons started strongly and built an impressive 14-point lead by halftime, 34–17.
The Warriors, however, did not have quit in them, and in the third period amassed 19 points to the Falcons’ 12. Still, Flatbush led 46–36, going in to the 4th period.
In that final period, the Warriors scored another 19 points and caught up to the Falcons. The game was anyone’s with two minutes to play, tied at 50. Flatbush went ahead 52–50, and had a chance to go up 54–50, but could not convert at that point. MDY took advantage of the missed Flatbush opportunity, and on a trey by Warrior star Chehebar, who had been kept in check to that point, took the lead 53–52. Junior PF Albert Richter scored on a put-back to give the Falcons the lead, 54–53. But that effort was followed by two foul shots by Chehebar with 5 seconds to play, which gave MDY a 55–54 lead.
The Falcons had five seconds left to score but could not get off an effective shot, and MDY came out with the win, 55–54.
The Falcons’ scoring was led by C Isaac Mizrahi with 13. SG Ely Cattan tallied a career-high 10 points. Junior PG Elliot Beyda scored 7 pts, and PG Bobby Soffer added 6. The Falcons shot 6–13 at the foul line.
For MDY, Chehebar and Cohen each tallied 13. MDY shot 9–18 from the foul line.
The Falcons now have to beat #1 nationally ranked Frisch Tuesday night and hope for HANC to lose to the same MDY to have a hope for the playoffs.
Frisch vs. DRS. In an interconference matchup, two major powers faced off as undefeated Frisch visited DRS. In a fast-paced first quarter, DRS took an early lead only to have Frisch storm back and take a 15–11 lead after 1 quarter. Frisch extended the lead in the second quarter and kept a 28–21 halftime advantage. Langer led Frisch with 12 and Leifer led DRS with 7. A big third quarter by DRS cut the Frisch lead to 3. But Frisch was able to hold on to a thrilling 52–47 victory and remain undefeated. Langer led Frisch with 16. DRS was led by Leifer with 17 and Levine with 12.
HAFTR vs. North Shore. In the final matchup of the regular season, HAFTR defeated North Shore by a score of 40–35. Greenberg led HAFTR with 18 points. Cody Cohen led North Shore with 20. HAFTR thus completes an undefeated regular season and a top seed in the upcoming playoffs.
YOF vs. MDY. The Flatbush JV Falcons completed a perfect 10–0 Yeshiva League regular season (18–2 overall), with a resounding 48–24 win Saturday night against the cross-borough rival Magen David Warriors. With the win before a full house in the Nest, the JV Falcons secured their second consecutive regular-season 10–0 perfect record and Eastern Conference crown. At the same time, the Falcons knocked their rivals out of playoff contention with the loss to end the Warriors’ season.
The Warriors opened the game in a complete stall, hoping to keep the score close. But the Falcons’ Isaac Arazi would have none of it. Arazi stole the ball twice and went coast to coast for two consecutive scores and a 4–0 Flatbush lead. Another steal by Arazi and a feed to PF Yoel Goldberg, coupled with shut-down defense, and at the end of the first quarter, Flatbush had an 11–0 lead.
In the second period, the Warriors broke out offensively with 11 points, but Flatbush matched their output and then some, and at the half, Flatbush led 25–11, a 14-point spread.
The third period is always the challenge and the JV Falcons were up to it. They continued the onslaught and outscored MDY 14–8, to own a 39–19 lead entering the final period.
In the final stanza Flatbush emptied the bench and still won the period 9–5, to reach the final score of 48–24.
Arazi finished with a triplet of eights: 8 points, 8 steals, and 8 rebounds.
SG Kevin Haddad had 10 points, 5 steals of his own, and 6 rebounds. Goldberg tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Leading Flatbush in the scoring column was C Abie Rosow with another double-double of his own, 20 points and 12 rebounds. Rosow was 6–6 from the foul line and brought the crowd to its feet with a coast-to-coast drive in the third period.
Flatbush shot 12–17 from the foul line. The warriors were 2–15 at the charity stripe.
SAR defeats MTA, 31–27. In JV boys’ basketball, SAR raised its record to 9–1 and captured the top seed in the Western Conference. SAR was led by Dovie Marcus’s 12 points, including 4 for 4 at the free-throw line in the final minutes and two 3-pointers. Nati Marcus and Zach Reich each chipped in 9 points, with Nati taking over the third quarter after SAR was down 4 at the half. Reich hit two 3-pointers and clinched the game by 3 with 2 seconds to play by draining a free throw. SAR now has a first-round bye.
SAR won the regular-season Western Conference title with a 9–1 record and 9 consecutive wins following a one-point opening game loss to MTA. With no returning starters and three returning players, sophomore co-captains Dovie Marcus, Daniel Wisotsky, and Yair Slasky led the charge for the Sting. SAR won nail-biters against Frisch (in overtime), MTA, and Heschel among its nine victories and the team looks forward to the first-round bye.
DRS–Rambam. DRS jumped out to an early 11–2 lead. Rambam closed out the first quarter trailing 11–6. After an evenly matched second quarter, DRS maintained a 19–13 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Rambam cut the lead and trailed 25–23. DRS held on in the fourth quarter and secured a 38–35 victory. Petrikovsky led Rambam with 23 points while Vilenski led a balanced DRS attack with 13 points.
A win to remember. The HANC middle school girls’ basketball team is now on a three-game winning streak and certainly had a win to remember against HAFTR on Saturday night, January 31. HANC trailed in the first half, but made an outstanding comeback outscoring HAFTR 16–0 in the third quarter. The final score of the game was 37–35, a great win to have on their home court.
Estee Ackerman and Ruthie Greenberger led the Hurricanes with a combined 22 points. Sarah Oppenheim, Tammy Aryeh, and Halli Fein had amazing hustle on the defensive end, while Daniella Rothman, Tamar Levine, Gabby Schoenberg, and Adina Spielman came up with countless rebounds.
Congratulations also to Danielle Ben-Hamo, Shana Lefkowitz, Kayla Sadigh, Shira Sadigh, and Chani Zahler, as this was a true team effort.
YOF–Brandeis. Flatbush seventh- and eighth-grade girls defeated Brandeis 36–17, led by Kayla Motovich with 12 and Elizabeth Wortman with 10, pushing the team to a 4–4 record.
7th Grade Boys. On Super Bowl Sunday, the Flatbush Falcons traveled to North Shore in a makeup of a game snowed out from the previous week. Flatbush started out very quickly and, led by Nathan Cohen, jumped to a 13–2 first-quarter lead. In the second quarter North Shore played with more confidence but still trailed 25–13 at halftime. In the third quarter, both teams traded baskets back and forth with the Falcons still leading 37–25. In the fourth quarter, the Falcons pulled away and sealed the 50–31 victory. Kal Abed led the Falcons with 15 points and Ness Ades chipped in with 9. Kalaty led North Shore with 15 points.
Boys’ Varsity Hockey
North Shore 11
Magen David 4
Boys’ JV Hockey
North Shore 9
Magen David 8
Shaare Torah 2
Girls’ High-School Basketball
North Shore 4–7
Shaare Torah 1–10
North Shore 7–2
Boys’ High-School Basketball
North Shore 9–4
Magen David 7–5
Derech Hatorah 1–12
North Shore 7–2
Shaare Torah 3–5
Magen David 3–6
Boys’ Middle-School Basketball
North Shore 7–0
Girls’ Middle-School Basketball
North Shore 4–2
Shulamith BK 2–6
Shulamith LI 0–5
Judah Rhine is co-director of MVP Boys Basketball Camp and has been coaching youth basketball for 30+ years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.