Every Tuesday morning at 7:20 ET Nachum Segal presents Elliot Weiselberg on JM in the AM to deliver the Yeshiva League Sports (YLS) Update. Spread the word and tune in for the latest Yeshiva League hockey and basketball information, as well as, the occasional update on other sports happenings in the Jewish world. For a deeper look at Yeshiva Sports check out Court Report, also hosted by Elliot, on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. (ET) (replay on Sundays from 7-8pm ET). You can read the transcript of this week’s update below.
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Quarterfinal Action is underway in all leagues and the groupings of 8 are slowly being whittled away to the final four competitors for all championships. For all of those expecting things to be “All chalk” as they call it, you’re about to be disappointed because every league has seen at least one upset leading into the semifinals. We’ll touch on them all in this edition of the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
Varsity Basketball saw two first round upsets, one on each side of the Hudson. In the West first round, 5th seeded TABC pulled off a dominant victory in a low-scoring affair, upending home team JEC, 35-23. The Storm will now attempt to pull off the biggest upset against the nation’s top team, DRS in the quarterfinals. In the East, 5th seed YDE dropped Rambam 60-50 behind 26 points from Morris Bassoul to upend the 4th seeded Ravens. The Thunder will now travel West and attempt to knock off the nation’s #2 team the Heschel Heat.
On the topic of Rambam, not a good week for the varsity hockey Ravens on the court either. The East 2nd seed hosted West #3 Frisch in quarterfinal action. The Cougars opened up the scoring early on a goal by junior Forward Yehuda Brinn 2 minutes into the first. Rambam would counter with 3 goals in the 2nd, including a shorthanded goal by junior Forward Avi Orlow with a minute left in the period. But in the third, Frisch battled back to score twice and force the game to an extra session. In the overtime Brinn would take a Jordan Socloff pass on a 2 on 1 and rocket the ball top-shelf for the hat trick and the overtime winner. Frisch will now await the winner of the game between TABC and Ramaz to determine their next opponent.
Unfortunately for JEC, they’d be hit by the upset bug a second time as well. The Thunder JV Basketball team, the 3 seed in the West hosted the 6th seeded Ma’ or Mavericks this past week in quarterfinal action. After a slow start, JEC opened up a 9 point lead only to see it dwindle away thanks to a 13-5 Maverick run in the third quarter. Entering the 4th up 37-36, the Mavericks outpaced the Hawks, doubling them up in the final period 18-9 for a 55-45 final score.
JV Hockey saw two upsets this week as both the 3rd and 4th seeds started their offseason early. Central Division teams JEC and Flatbush were sent packing by Long Island foes HAFTR and HANC respectively. The HAFTR Hawks blanked the JEC Thunder 3-0 while HANC dominated Flatbush 5-2 behind a Josh Blitstein hat trick. To find out who these teams will play in the semifinals, tune in to tonight’s all-new episode of the Court Report on the Nachum Segal Network. Tonight, we’ll detail all of the major upsets in the postseason as well as let you know which top teams are still fighting strong. All that and more tonight at 7pm, only on the Nachum Segal Network, Nachumsegal.com
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg