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by Judah Rhine

Har Torah vs. HANC: Grades 7 and 8. Already on a three-game winning streak, YHT defeated HANC 54–40, to clinch the playoffs at 6–2. YHT played an up-tempo defensive game, but HANC benefited from their solid outside shooting and stayed competitive through the entire first half. Early in the second half, YHT gained an 11-point lead. Using a menacing half-court trap, they extended the lead to 20 points and didn’t look back. Congratulations to the YHT Hornets on their playoff berth!

Flatbush vs. HALB 7th grade

Flatbush vs. HALB 7th grade

Flatbush vs. HALB: 7th Grade. On a bitterly cold night, the 7th-grade Flatbush Falcons hosted the HALB Lions in a rematch of their closely contested game earlier in the season when HALB emerged victorious. This time, the Falcons would not be denied. Flatbush started off strong and built an 8-point first quarter lead led by Jeremy Linfield’s 8 points. The lead built to 22–9 before HALB started to cut the deficit. At the half, Flatbush maintained a 7-point cushion. In the third quarter, HALB kept up the pressure and cut the lead to 5. In the final quarter, HALB finally tied the score at 50. But Flatbush would not be denied. Despite being in deep foul trouble, the Falcons were able to nail down this exciting and thrilling victory with the score of 54–51. Eli Cohen led the Falcons with 19 points and Kal Abed chipped in with 18. Zachary Brown led HALB with 25 points. Moshe Rose had 10 and Tani Konig had 9. After starting off the season at 0–4, the Falcons improved to 4–5.

JV Hockey Playoffs. In the opening round of the JV hockey playoffs, the HANC Hurricanes defeated the MTA Lions 4–1. Maury Bauer got the scoring started, snapping a wrist shot past the MTA goalie. Jacob Schwartzman and Joseph Lindenblatt would then go on to score goals for the Canes with Schwartzman sealing the game in the third period off a beautiful slap shot from the point. “Our overall hustle and play has been solid all season. Tonight, however, our defense was really able to buckle down and allow very few shots on net,” said HANC head coach Stuart Gourdji. The Hurricanes now advance to the quarterfinals where they will play SAR.

High-School Basketball

Heschel vs. JEC. The Heschel Heat defeated JEC 56–42 behind the double-double of Senior Sam Lippman who had 19 points and 10 rebounds in an opening-round playoff game. Junior Sam Schwartzben came off the bench to chip in with 16 points and 12 rebounds. This was a big help considering leading scorer Jonathan Granowitz had to sit a lot due to early foul trouble, though he chipped in with 8 points and 10 rebounds as well. Sophomore point guard Michael Gatan had another superb floor game and chipped in with 7 including 2 threes. JEC hit 7 threes and were led by their junior guard Shulman who had 18 points on a variety of difficult drives. The Heat now go on to face the #2 seed DRS team. Since Heschel is on winter break all of next week, the game will be scheduled sometime late in the week of February 23.

Magen David vs. YDE. Close to 800 people packed the MDY gym for a first-round playoff game between MDY and YDE. After a tied first quarter at 16, MDY closed the second quarter with a 28–25 advantage. MDY then broke open a tight 5-point game in the third and saw a 10-point lead close to only 3. But MDY rebounded early in the fourth and closed with a 16–0 run to defeat YDE 66–45. High scorers for MDY Jack Chehebar with 23 points and Victor Salem 14 points. David Yazdi had 14 points and 13 rebounds and 6 blocks! YDE was led by Joe Cohen with 12 and Elo with 9.

High-School Playoff Results And Schedule


Boys’ Varsity—1st Round

Heschel 56, JEC 42

Hillel 48, Ramaz 45

MDY 66, YDE 45

HANC at North Shore


Boys’ JV—1st Round


Rambam at North Shore




Girls’ Varsity “A”

HAFTR 50, Frisch 42

Bruriah 55, North Shore 37

Hillel at Ramaz

SAR at Flatbush


Girls’ Varsity “B”—Round Robin

Ilan at Shalhevet

MDY at Ilan

Shalhevet at MDY


Girls’ JV

Maayanot 56, Central 25

Frisch at North Shore

Kushner at Flatbush




Boys’ Varsity

MTA 6, Rambam 0

Ramaz at North Shore


Boys’ JV



Young Israel Basketball Season Is Under Way

Teams from all over the tri-state area are once again participating in what is shaping up to be another exciting and competitive season. Follow the action and standings each week in the 5TJT Sports Center.

Harborview vs. Heichal Hatorah. Harborview defeated Heichal Hatorah 61–45. The game started out with both teams looking evenly matched, as the score was tied at the end of the first quarter. Once the second quarter began, Harborview began to pull away, as they went on a 14–0 run led by the stellar defense of guards Avi Hoch and Moshe Fried, giving them a comfortable lead heading into halftime. In the second half, Harborview was carried by scoring from Ari Miller and Elie David. Heichal was not finished though, as they rallied behind Meir Jacoby and Binyamin Senter to cut the deficit to just nine points with two minutes remaining in the game. Ultimately, the solid team defense and key scoring from bench players such as Yaakov Kalish, Nussie Felder, and Yaakov Mandel brought the Harborview squad, led by coach Dovid Lesser, to victory!

Hillel Basketball Tournament

The National Hillel Basketball Tournament board is excited to announce that the University of Georgia, Queens College, Baruch College, Quinnipiac University, Columbia University, and Cornell University are among the schools that have officially registered to participate in the 2015 tournament. With registration closing on March 1, teams are rapidly signing up to ensure they have a spot in the tournament and can participate in this extraordinary weekend.

As the registration deadline approaches, close to 40 teams are signed up to be in College Park the weekend of April 17, all hoping to win the Kiddush Cup. Last year saw a record number of participants, and this tournament is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year’s event.

For more information about the National Hillel Basketball Tournament, please visit

Basketball Standings:
Girls’ Middle School


YHT                                                         8–1

North Shore                                            5–3

HAFTR                                                    4–3

Flatbush                                                  4–5

HANC                                                      3–6

Brandeis                                                  2–8


Women Only

HALB                                                      8–0

YNJ                                                          7–2

Barkai                                                      6–3

MDY                                                        6–3

YCQ                                                         3–4

Shulamith BK                                        3–6

Bruriah                                                    2–8

Shulamith LI                                          0–8

Boys’ Middle School

8th Grade

Division 1

Flatbush                                                  9–0

Barkai                                                      7–1

MDY                                                        5–3

YCQ                                                         4–3

YDH                                                         4–6

YOH                                                         1–8

CHY                                                         1–9

SSSQ                                                      0–10


Division 2

HAFTR                                                    8–0

YHT                                                         6–2

NSHA                                                      5–2

HALB                                                      5–3

Brandeis                                                  3–6

HANC                                                      2–7

7th Grade

HAFTR                                                    8–1

MDY                                                        6–2

Flatbush                                                  4–5

HALB                                                      3–5

NSHA                                                      1–9


6th Grade

North Shore                                            9–0

Flatbush                                                  7–2

HAFTR                                                    7–2

HALB                                                      4–4

MDY                                                        4–5

Barkai                                                      3–5

YCQ                                                         3–5

YDH                                                         2–7

YHT                                                         0–9

YIBB Standings


YI Manhattan                                        2–0

Harborview                                             1–0

Red Shul                                                  1–0

Yam HaTorah                                       2–1

MAY                                                        1–1

Heichel Hatorah                                    1–2

YI Woodmere                                        1–2

Meishav Nefesh                                     0–1

Tribeca                                                    0–2

Be’er Hagola                                          0–0



MAY                                                        1–0

Or Chaim                                                2–0

YI Woodmere                                        1–0

ZDR                                                         1–1

YI Jamaica Estates                               0–0

Mashadi                                                  0–1

Shaare Torah                                         0–1

Tiferes Torah                                          0–1

Be’er Hagolah                                        0–1

Judah Rhine is co-director of MVP Boys Basketball Camp and MVP Girls Basketball Camp and is the co-commissioner of the National Council of Young Israel Basketball League. He has been coaching youth basketball for 30+ years. He can be reached at


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