The Ida Crown Jewish Academy Aces (Chicago, IL) will advance to the Tier-II Championship after rolling to a 59-44 win over the Fuchs Mizrachi School Mayhem (Cleveland, OH). The semifinal game was filled with intensity, drama, lots of action, and ultimately, the Aces will be the team to move on.
Star senior for Ida Crown, Daniel Otani, was aggressive throughout the game and led all scorers with a whopping 26 points. He finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 9, and was an undisputed wrecking force on the court during this game. Center Ryan Boker offered solid support, contributing 7 points and 7 rebounds in the winning effort.
On the other end, Fuchs’s bid for a Tier-II Championship fell short, as they simply couldn’t match what the Aces challenged them with. Although senior shooting guard Albert Waxman put up 19 points, he did it on an inefficient 26 shots, unable to find consistency in his offensive game. Shmuli Witkes, Fuchs’s 6’4” senior center, played well and posted an 8-point, 11-rebound stat line in the loss.
Drama ensued late in the third quarter when the Fuchs Coach Osborne Gardner was ejected, receiving a double technical foul in the process. Though he energized his team before escorting himself out of the gym, this moment served a turning point in the contest which Ida Crown would never look back from. They led by double digits from thereon out, largely due to capitalizing at the free throw line when given the opportunity.
The Aces out-shout the Mayhem 38% to 29% from the field and 54% to 36% at the free throw line. This stat seemed to be the difference, as both teams collected exactly 34 rebounds and totaled over 20 turnovers.
The Aces will oppose the winner of the other semifinal game, a clash between the Cooper Yeshiva Maccabees (Memphis, OH) and the Maimonides School M-Cats (Brookline, MA). The Mayhem will face the loser of the aforementioned matchup for third place in Tier-II. Be sure to follow all of the Championship Monday action on MacsLive, the official broadcast network of Yeshiva Sports and exclusive home of the Red Sarachek Tournament.
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