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.
You know that moment where it seems like you’ve forgotten something really important? Well that moment came for me last week as soon as the Sports Update went off the air after declaring the Winter Season over. Call it forgetfulness, call it exhaustion from calling the closest and most exciting championship games that the Yeshiva League has ever seen, but whatever the reason, there is no excuse for overlooking the most spectacular basketball tournament of the year. So, instead of taking this week off, the JM in the AM Sports Update presents to you, its 2019 Red Saracheck Memorial Tournament Recap. Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg
While Nachum comes to you live from the home of the 2019 JV Hockey Champions, our Sports Update will focus strictly on basketball in that stretch of land known as Washington Heights and the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Campus of Yeshiva University where the 28th annual Bernard “Red” Saracheck Memorial Tournament took place. Twenty teams met over five days of action, culminating yesterday in “Championship Monday”, where four crowns were handed out. Of the twenty participants, six were from our very own Yeshiva League, with several playing prominent roles in yesterday’s proceedings.
Three of those teams were involved in the final two matches in Tier I. The Tier I Championship saw the top two seeds, #1 Shalhevet and #2 Magen David square off. The Warriors, only a few days after dropping the Yeshiva League championship, escaped Maimonides on Friday, then blew out SAR in the Semis to reach the final against the consensus #1 team in the nation. The Warriors were able to match the Firehawks through the first quarter, opening up a 6-point lead heading into the 2nd. The Firehawks would continue to chip away, and as a result of an 8-0 run at the end of the third, would finally jump ahead. With 1:30 left in the game, just after Magen David Senior Michael Natkin cut the Shalhevet lead to 2, Asher Dauer would nail a three that would slam the door shut. With the lead at 3 with under :30 seconds Shalhevet’s Zack Muller would step in front of a pass and nail foul shots to stretch the lead back out to 55-49, which would be the final score. Dauer would take home the MVP, putting up 17 points, leading Shalhevet to the first repeat championship at the tournament since 2001.
In the Tier 1 Third place game, DRS and SAR squared off, having lost to Shalhevet and Magen David on Sunday. The Wildcats used a 25-6 Third quarter stretch to break open a close contest en route to a 75-43 win.
The other two Tier 1 Yeshiva League Participants, Frisch and TABC came up short after Day 1 wins, relegating them to the consolation bracket. Frisch defeated Maimonides and YULA to earn 5th place, while TABC would take three losses and wind up in 8th.
The only non-tier I Yeshiva League team, host MTA. The Lions took wins on Thursday and Friday over Hillel of Pittsburgh and Beth Tefiloh to head to the Tier II Semifinals where they overcame Posnack 65-61. This lead to a meet-up on Monday with Fasman in the Tier II Championship game. After scoring the first three points of the contest, MTA would find themselves on the short end of the first quarter score, down 14-4. The next two quarters would be dominated by MTA, outscoring Fasman 28-8, setting a pace that Fasman could never recover from, as MTA took home the Tier 2 crown 45-38.
Next week, Spring Sports. A chag Purim Sameach to all.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.