The MTA Lions (New York, NY) rode their stifling defense to defend their homecourt as they shut down the Farber Hebrew Day School Fire (Southfield, MI) to win this Tier II qualifying game 43-29. While nearly 90% of the Lions’ scoring came from the trio of Eitan Pfeiffer (15 points), Shlomo Meisels (11), and Eitan Warburg (11), it was a complete team effort in keeping Farber off the glass and off the scoreboard.
Meisels caught fire in the first quarter, going on a personal 8-0 run that included two threes. MTA was able to use a number of offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive and tire out the Fire. Despite playing hard, Farber couldn’t figure out the MTA defense in the first eight minutes as they fell behind 15-0 after one.
However, Farber began to settle things down and attack the basket with a series of beautiful drives by Jeremiah Wolfe and Ari Eizen that resulted in easy layups and multiple trips to the free throw line. Meanwhile, the Lions’ hit a cold front as they missed a number of easy shots and coughed up the ball a few too many times. Farber clawed back into the game but still trailed 25-10 going into halftime.
The teams traded buckets for most of the third quarter as Farber continued to exclusively drive the ball inside while the Lions still preferred the three-balls. Wolfe had a dominant third quarter, and his efforts helped close the gap to 34-23 going into the last frame.
However, the upset was not in the cards for the Fire as it was just too little too late for them to comeback against the Lions and their raucous fans. MTA’s scoring trio continued to grind out points, and it was enough to fend off any runs the Fire tried to start. Farber hung around for as long as they could, always within striking distance, but they ultimately fell to MTA 43-29.
With the win, MTA will advance to Tier II, and Farber will go to Tier III.
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