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#16 What? Ida Crown Wins Tier II
Andrew Bronner
March 6th, 2017

The #16 seeded Ida Crown Aces pulled off the quadfecta on Monday, as they won their fourth straight game to go from potentially Tier IV bound, to Tier II Champion. 

To become the Tier II Champion, Ida Crown was forced to battle hard against the Cooper Maccabees in what featured a frenetic pace and what felt like millions of momentum changes.

The Aces jumped out to a 5-0 lead in a frantic first quarter.  The Aces ran an efficient offense, and stifled Cooper’s high-octane offense early on, forcing the Maccabees to burn a timeout just three minutes into the game.  Coming out of the timeout the Maccabees played like they were expected to, going an 11-0 run highlighted by some great plays on the defensive end.  Ida Crown would then go on a 7-0 run of their own, closing out the eventful quarter with a 12-11 lead.

The back and forth nature of this game continued in the second frame where there would be three more lead changes.  Going into the halftime break though, it was Cooper who had all the momentum as Gabe Itzkowitz drilled a 3 pointer at the buzzer to give Cooper the 22-18 advantage.

Ida Crown’s Josh Goldrich would open the scoring in the third quarter to bring the Aces within one. This three- point bucket jumpstarted a 15-4 run for the Aces that was led by eight points from Ryan Bokor, and put the Aces up by seven with 3:02 left in the third quarter.  The Aces would extend the lead to nine on a deep three at the buzzer from Josh Goldrich.

Down by 10 with 4:10 remaining, the Maccabees would rally to cut the lead to four but a Daniel Otani three pointer pushed the Aces lead back up to seven.

The Maccabees would make another rally that was halted by four missed free throws in the last two minutes of the game.  The dagger came on two Josh Goldrich made free-throws to ice the game for the Aces with 15.3 seconds remaining, and before you knew it, the buzzer sounded and it was Ida Crown who would hoist the Tier II Championship trophy.

Leading the way for the Championship bound Chicago squad, were Ryan Bokor, Josh Goldrich, and Daniel Otani who contributed 14, 14, and 11 points respectively.  Bokor also did an excellent job cleaning up the glass with 9 rebounds. 

For Cooper it was Jeffrey Owen and Caleb Milobsky who both put up double-doubles, with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Owen and 12 and 15 for Milobsky. 

What was really interesting to note, was the Cooper Macs out-rebounded Ida Crown 44-25, which is a huge discrepancy.  Normally winning the rebound match-up by that much would be a clear indicator of who was victorious, but Cooper was only able to make 27% of their field-goals as opposed to the Aces 41%.  Ultimtely, that proved to be the difference in this one.

Stay tuned for the final game of Championship Monday, the Tier I Championship which will take place at the MSAC, and of course be aired on MacsLive the official home of Yeshiva Sports, and exclusive broadcaster of the Red Sarachek tournament.

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