The early window had an exciting duel between the Kohelet Yeshiva High School Kings (Philadelphia, PA) and the Katz Yeshiva High School Storm (Boca Raton, FL). The first quarter was a quick-scoring affair that led to a 21-21 tie as both coaches went with a high-risk, high-reward strategy of full-court-press, resulting in many of the scores.
Mirroring the first frame, the second quarter was filled with intense defensive pressure and aggressive traps that turned into many turnovers and easy fast-break points. The halftime edge in this high-scoring shootout went to the Storm as Jonah Lasko’s 10 points helped them to a 42-39 lead, despite an impressive 15 points from Kohelet’s Joey Benjamini.
Katz’s halftime adjustments proved effective as the Storm calmed down their attack and jumped out to a big lead. Kohelet, on the other hand, took a number of bad shots which, coupled with some missed good looks as well, put them in a 60-47 hole going into the fourth.
The Kings weren’t ready to throw away their Tier II hopes that quickly, though. Led by their top players Judah Esses and Joey Benyamini, Kohelet revved things up again and pulled the game closer. However, despite outscoring the Storm by six in the fourth, it wasn’t enough as Katz held on to win 74-67 in an absolutely great way to get Sarachek 2018 started. Jonah lasko lead Katz in scoring with 15 points and Daniel Portnoy and Abie Betesh weren’t far behind with 14 and 11, respectively. Esses ended up with 17 points for the Kings and Benjamini dropped 15.
With the win, Katz has clinched a spot in Tier II, and they will play again tomorrow. The Kings will move down to either Tier III or Tier IV. Be sure to follow the action on MacsLive, the official broadcast network of Yeshiva athletics and exclusive home of the Red Sarachek Tournament.
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