Yeshiva League Sports (YLS) with Elliot Weiselberg has returned to JM in the AM! Nachum presented Elliot on this morning’s program to deliver the latest Yeshiva League hockey and basketball information. For a deeper look at Yeshiva Sports check out Court Report, also hosted by Elliot, on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. ET (replay on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. ET). You can read the transcription of this morning’s update below:
Before I begin today’s JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m going to break that wall and mix a little business with personal. A huge thank you to everyone who reached out by phone, text, facebook and twitter this past weekend to share in our personal simcha. May we only have more smachot to share in together in the future. Now, I’m sure that, given how exhausting a party like that can be, one might assume that a normal individual would be in no shape to pour through the week in Yeshiva League Sports. But, when it comes to playoff times, there is no rest, there is only determination and perseverance and if we ask that from our athletes, we must be prepared to lead by example, and so, on today’s edition, crises averted in JV and Varsity Basketball leagues and playoffs on the horizon for both hockey leagues and our two Yeshiva University squads. Good Morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We discussed with you last week the unprecedented scenario in which both our JV and Varsity Basketball leagues may have found themselves in an unreal 5-way tie in the Eastern Conference. Thankfully, for the league, what could have been a messy, but interesting scenario was avoided in lieu of smaller, much more manageable outcomes. In the Varsity League, Flatbush held up its end of the deal, defeating Shaare Torah, 73-71. It would come down to HANC to follow up against YDE. Early on in the year, YDE escaped against the Hurricanes with a mere 2-point victory, so in this one, anything could happen, and it almost did. A 1-point YDE lead with 20 seconds to go and HANC getting the shot at victory would not fall in the Hurricanes favor, as the Thunder took the 41-40 victory and, at 11-3 the Eastern Conference crown. HANC would fall to 9-5, avoiding a 5-team tie at 10-4, but now a much more manageable 3-team tie that saw DRS get the 2 seed, Flatbush the 3 and Rambam the 4 with YDE at 1, HANC at 5 and HAFTR at 6 after a surprise upset of West top-seed, Heschel.
In JV, a similar scenario unfolded as Magen David helped avoid a deadlock, winning three games to finish with a record of 9-1 and taking the East Championship. With their win over YDE to end the season, they would also avoid having to solve a 3-way tie between YDE, DRS and HANC, instead creating two smaller ties for the 3rd and 4th seed, which would go to DRS and HANC respectively and the 5th and 6th seed which would go to North Shore and YDE.
In Varsity Hockey, Frisch would put its stamp on the Western Division crown with a 4-1 victory over JEC. The win caps their season at 13-1 and relegates SAR to the 2nd seed. The West will see TABC as the 3 seed hosting MTA as the 6th seed tonight in TABC with JEC traveling to Ramaz in the 4-5 game which Ramaz earned the right to host after defeating JEC 2-0 in JEC this past week.
YU is getting set for playoff action as well. The YU Basketball Maccs finished off their season on a strong note winning their regular season finale over Old Westbury 79-64. Simcha Halpert led YU in scoring with 13, while Michael Berg nearly notched a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds. The Maccs will hit the playoff hardwood tonight at 7pm in Westchester against SUNY Purchase. YU defeated Purchase 79-77 in their only meeting of the regular season.
On the hockey court, an up-and-down day for the Maccs as YU started off Sunday’s tilt in Old Bethpage strong, taking a 4-2 win over Boston University, before dropping another heartbreaker to Stony Brook, 4-3. The split drops the Maccs to 3rd place in the ECRHA, although still with a stellar record of 15-2-0-1. They will play Penn State in the first round of the ECRHA playoffs on March 3rd in Feasterville, PA.
Need more Yeshiva League Action? Tune in to tonight’s all new episode of the Court Report at 7PM, right here on the Nachum Segal Network. This week, we discuss all playoff formats, the upcoming Sarachek tournament, including a controversy over certain omitted teams, and a story sure to spread some joy involving a former Yeshiva League hockey player and the New York Rangers. All that and more, tonight at 7PM on the Nachum Segal Network, Nachumsegal.com.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.