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Kohelet
50
Mesivta
44
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YULA
49
Frisch
52
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ICJA
38
Fuchs
39
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SAR
61
MDY
64
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DRS
58
RASG
64
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HANC
66
YHS
56
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MTA
60
Beren
51
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TABC
47
Berman
40
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Valley
51
Shalhevet
53
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Valley
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Shalhevet
53
Sarachek Opening Day Previews
Akiva Clair
March 12th, 2018

TIER I

 

#1 Shalhevet Firehawks (Los Angeles, CA) **BYE**

After losing in the Sarachek championship in back-to-back years, Shalhevet looks to take the final leap and bring home the Tier 1 trophy. They are led by junior guard Zack Muller (Mulholland League MVP) and senior center and captain Ben Mashiach.

 

#2 Valley Torah Wolfpack (Valley Village, CA) **BYE**

Sporting an insanely impressive resume that includes winning the Cooper Invitational in Memphis and the Glouberman tournament in LA, Valley Torah looks to once again be a fearsome contender at Sarachek. Point-center Ryan Turell, who amazed fans last year with an alley-oop slam, leads the Wolfpack with 33 PPG and 10 RPG.

 

#3 Magen David Yeshiva High School Warriors (Brooklyn, NY) **BYE**

Magen David had a great season, finishing with a dominant regular season record of 25-2. Forwards Teddy Shamma and Michael Natkin lead the way for MD with averages of 17.5 and 15 PPG, respectively.

 

#4 DRS Wildcats (Woodmere, NY) **BYE**

Perhaps inspired by the fantastic play of DRS alum and Sarachek legend Gabe Laifer for the Yeshiva University Maccabees, the Wildcats will look to make it back-to-back trips to the tournament with a Tier I crown. SF Gideon Valensky is the player to watch for DRS, as he leads the team with 22 PPG and led the Wildcats to the HAFTR Satran Tournament championship while taking home MVP honors.

 

#5 SAR Sting (Bronx, NY) vs. #12 Beren Academy Stars (Houston , TX)

Two missed 3-pointers away from upsetting Frisch and making it to the Sarachek Tier I championship a year ago, the Sting, led by knockdown shooter and leading scorer Judah Oppenheimer, will begin their search for redemption with a matchup against the 12-seeded Stars. PG Johnny Abitbol and SF Akiva Garner lead Beren with 14 points apiece as the Stars won TAPPS district 7-2A.

 

#6 Frisch Cougars (Paramus, NJ) vs. #11 Berman Hebrew Academy Cougars (Rockville, MD)

Can the Frisch Cougars go back-to-back? After a thrilling victory last year over Shalhevet in the Tier I championship game, the new-look Frisch squad will look to follow big-man Jack Stepner back to the top. Frisch boasts an impressive resume that includes victories over SAR and Shalhevet, and they will look to add to that resume with a victory over a hungry Berman team. Led by scoring and rebounding leader Josh Leveiddin, Berman had one of its best seasons in five years that included two huge wins over rival JDS.

 

#7 RASG Hebrew Academy Warriors (Miami, FL) vs. #10 Ida Crown Aces (Chicago, IL)

 

Returning almost all of its key players from last year’s impressive Sarachek squad, the Warriors will look to ride the super-scoring abilities of seniors Ben Tal and Jack Esformes to make some waves in Tier I. However, despite being regular season district champs, RASG will have to prove themselves against a scary Aces team that won the Tier II crown just a year ago. Ida Crown is led by six-foot-five center Ryan Bokor and clutch forward Amitai Kolom.

 

#8 HANC Hurricanes (West Hempstead, NY) vs. #9 YULA Panthers (Los Angeles, CA)

After knocking off Magen David earlier in the year in the Satran Tournament, the Hurricanes, led by leading scorer Oren Betesh and athletic big-man Moshe Khalil, will look to build on that success and fight their way through an impressive Tier I. Their first challenge comes against the always formidable YULA Panthers, who will look for their ninth Sarachek championship behind the all-around great play of PG Noah Pomerance (12.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 6.5 APG, 2.5 SPG).

 

TIER II

 

#13 TABC Storm (Teaneck, NJ) vs. #20 Harkham-Gaon Academy Lions (Beverly Hills, CA)

Perhaps with a chip on their shoulder for being the team that just missed out on Tier I, this fast-paced Storm team will look to wreak havoc in Tier II behind the strong play of SG Jonathan Haberman. Their first opponent is the lovable Harkam team, who fans of last year’s tournament will remember for how much fun they had, especially their always-smiling, always-dancing coach. PF Noah Rossi (17 PPG and 12 RPG) leads the way for the Lions.

 

#14 MTA Lions (New York, NY) vs. #19 Farber Hebrew Day School Pioneers (Southfield, MI)

Cultures collide as Manhattan meets Michigan in this Tier II qualifier. The Lions, who lost a whopping 13 players to graduation this past offseason, won the Tier II championship at the Satran tournament this year. SF Eitan Warburg and SG Shlomo Meisels are the scoring leaders for MTA. The Pioneers look to pull off the upset behind their impressive 3-point shooting and the strong play of SG Yehuda Wrotslavsky (13.6 PPG).

 

#15 Mesivta of Greater Philadelphia Mustangs (Philadelphia, PA) vs. #18 Fuchs Mizrachi School Mayhem (Beachwood, OH)

Making their Sarachek debut, the Mustangs will look to navigate the Tier II waters behind their leaders and big-men PF Marc Volpin (12 PPG, 7 RPG) and C Eli James (10 PPG, 8 RPG). They will go against a Mayhem team that is led by SG Aaron Waxmen (16.5 PPG, 3.1 APG) and C Yedidya Blau (8.4 RPG, 0.8 SPG).

 

#16 Kohelet Yeshiva High School Kings (Philadelphia, PA) vs. #17 Katz Yeshiva High School Storm (Boca Raton, FL)

The Kings pride themselves on their mental toughness and unselfish play that has led to a very impressive season. Leading scorers SF Aryeh Lipshutz (13 PPG), PF Nate Greenberg (12 PPG), and C Joey Benyamini (11 PPG) contribute to Kohelet’s super-fast offense. After losing almost of all of their impact players from last season, the Storm’s new-look squad is hungry for the Tier II crown. Led by Andrew Pearl (15.5 PPG) and emotional leader Ariel Berger, Katz won the inaugural tournament that it hosted earlier this season.

 

All games will be played in the Max Stern Athletic Center and broadcasted by MacsLive, the official home of the Red Sarachek basketball tournament.

 

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