A late surge by Montreal Hebrew Academy came up just short, as the Kohelet Kings bring home the Tier-IV Championship for Pennsylvania.
Championship Monday’s morning contest did not start out the way most thought it would. The 17th seeded Hebrew Academy were largely considered to be the favorite heading into this contest over the 19th seeded Kohelet Kings squad, but Kohelet jumped out to an early lead, 15-10 at the end of one.
If the first quarter was surprising, the second quarter was shocking, as not only did Kohelet maintain their 5-point cushion, but they extended it to 9 by halftime. You could tell this was not what the Heat was expecting in the slightest, and they desperately needed halftime to refocus and start fresh.
While the third quarter wasn’t great for the Heat by any means, as they only gained minimized Kohelet’s 9-point lead by one, their energy level was much higher and they seemed to be playing much better basketball. If not for a very strong defensive performance from Kohelet, Hebrew Academy might have been able to break-out in the third stanza with the way they were playing, but the Kings played swarming defense all morning long, and that completely kept them in the driver’s seat.
Montreal finally broke through in the fourth quarter, outscoring Kohelet 12-6, but when you build a lead big enough in the first three quarters, you are sometimes able to get through a bad fourth quarter, and that is exactly what happened here. It was just too little too late, and Kohelet reigned supreme, 38-36 to start the day of championships at the MSAC.
For Kohelet, it was Junior guard Nathan Greenberg who was back at it again, leading the way with 10 points, while fellow guard Ian Schwartz trailed not too far behind with 8. On the Hebrew Academy side of things, it was a well balanced team effort on offense, with Emanuel Bensoussan sticking out with 9 points and 6 rebounds.
This is just the start of what ought to be an incredible Championship Monday at the Max Stern Athletic Center. Stay tuned for the rest of the Championship Monday action which will take place at the MSAC and of course, on MacsLive the official home of Yeshiva Sports, and exclusive broadcaster of the Red Sarachek tournament.
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