Every Tuesday morning at 7:20 ET Nachum Segal will present Elliot Weiselberg on JM in the AM to deliver the Yeshiva League Sports (YLS) Update. Tune in for the latest Yeshiva League Spring Sports information, as well as, the occasional update on other sports happenings in the Jewish world. The transcription for this morning’s update is below.
The Winter sports season has drawn to a close but not without more fireworks that March Madness has brought us this year. Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, the Girls Basketball leagues end in perfection and the boys basketball leagues end in two instant classics. All that and more straight ahead, Good Morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
A week after two of the most exhilarating and longest hockey finals in recent memory, the Boys Basketball championships this Sunday did their best to outdo that. The JV final kicked off the festivities from the Max Stern Athletic Center with a rematch from the 2017 finals between two #3 seeds, Magen David and TABC. The teams traded runs throughout the matchup, with Magen David holding a 4 point advantage after the first, TABC a 4 point advantage after the 2nd and Magen David a 4 point lead heading into the 4th. In the final quarter, TABC down three, Sophomores Noam Kinderlehrer and Daniel Gopin would put TABC back on top. TABC would hold the lead until just under :30 to go, when Magen David Sophomore Joe Sultan was fouled going up for a shot. Sultan would hit both free throws to give the Warriors a 36-35 lead. TABC would have two opportunities for the win, but a missed three pointer and a stolen inbounds pass would seal the deal for the Warriors, who take home their 2nd championship in three years. Sultan took home the MVP honors scoring 14.
In the Varsity final, Magen David would attempt the sweep as the top seeded Warriors took on the West #3 seed Heschel Heat. A 17-16 Warrior lead at the half, Magen David Senior Ray Jajati would drop seven of Magen David’s 11 points in the 3rd, but the Heat would equal the task scoring 11 of their own to keep it a 1-point game heading into the 4th quarter. The lead would balloon back out to six with the Warriors holding a 36-30 lead half-way through, when Junior Ricky Sutton took the Heat on his back scoring the Heat’s final 10 points of the game. With Magen David leading 42-40 with 5 seconds to go, Sutton inbounded the ball, received it back, drove the lane, got the bucket and the foul to tie the game. He would go to the line and hit the free-throw for the game winner, as Heschel took home its first Varsity Basketball championship, 43-42. Sutton was named MVP tying with Jajati for a game-high 16 in the win.
In Girls Basketball, neither game was particularly close. The HAFTR Hawks completed a perfect season in dominating fashion, defeating the SAR Sting in the JV Championship 54-35. The Hawks held a 23-8 score at the half and never looked back, capping off a 12-0 undefeated campaign. The SAR Varsity girls would have better luck than their JV counterparts, defeating Frisch 59-43. The win gives SAR its 3rd championship in 4 years, returning to the top after losing to Frisch, the eventual champions, in the semifinals last year. Junior Samantha Horowitz took home the MVP trophy, scoring 25 in the win.
With that, we officially conclude the Winter sports season for the 2018-2019 school year. The Sports Update will return in two weeks time where we will turn the page to the Spring calendar, unveiling soccer, baseball, softball and girls hockey through the end of the school year.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.