#1 Shalhevet Firehawks (Los Angeles, CA) vs. #9 YULA Panthers (Los Angeles, CA)
2:30 PM Max Stern Athletic Center
In the “Battle for LA,” the top-ranked Firehawks will make their much-anticipated Sarachek 2018 debut against a fiesty Panthers squad. In what was Thursday’s game of the day, YULA was able to knock off the 8-seeded HANC Hurricanes in a 55-49, wire-to-wire game. Led by Noam Meisels (19 points) and Noah Pomerance (12 points), the Panthers overcame an early double digit deficit to come back and defeat the Hurricanes in front of a packed gym. They and rest of the Panthers are going to have play even better tomorrow if they want to upset the mighty Firehawks team. After losing in the Tier II championship the past two years, Shalhevet must be itching to get back into action and finally take home the top crown. Despite losing Eitan Halpert and Edan Sokol, Shalhevet brings back key pieces to last year’s 2nd place team such as superstar scorer Zack Muller and captain Ben Mashiach. Shalhevet is a great team, but this won’t be a cake walk for them by any means.
#2 Valley Torah Wolfpack (Valley Village, CA) vs. #7 RASG Hebrew Academy Warriors (Miami Beach, FL)
1 PM Max Stern Athletic Center
Arguably the two best players at Sarachek this year will go head-to-head in what should be an electric Tier I quarterfinal game between two great teams. On one side, there’s Valley Torah’s superstar point-center Ryan Turell. An absolute matchup nightmare, he rebounds and plays defense like a center put dribbles and runs like a point guard. Turell and the Wolfpack have won two major Jewish high school tournaments so far this year, and they’re going for the Triple Crown here at Sarachek. Of course, to do that, they’ll have take down the unstoppable-scorer Ben Tal and the Warriors. Against the Ida Crown Aces on Thursday, Tal dropped a whopping 28 points while shooting 11-13 from the field. He’s a knockdown 3-point shooter, and if his team wants to upset Valley Torah, he’s going to have be on fire tomorrow.
#3 Magen David Yeshiva High School Warriors (Brooklyn, NY) vs. #6 Frisch Cougars (Paramus, NJ)
10 AM Max Stern Athletic Center
Just a few nights ago, these two teams met in an overtime thriller in the Yeshiva League championship. Battling back to keep their perfect Yeshiva League record intact, Magen David, led by Finals MVP Michael Natkin, stifled the Frisch offense at the end of the game to take home the championship. Frisch, however, realizes that the championship that really matters is not the one that was presented last Monday night, but rather the one given out this upcoming Monday afternoon in the Max Stern Athletic Center. Just one year ago, Frisch won the Tier I championship, and they’re hungry to go back-to-back. They took the first step on Thursday by overcoming a slow start to take down the Berman Cougars. Frisch is led by big man Jack Stepner, who had 14 points against Berman and was a big part of the championship run last season.
#4 DRS Wildcats (Woodmere, NY) vs. #5 SAR Sting (Riverdale, NY)
11:30 AM Max Stern Athletic Center
It’s kind of hard to believe, but despite all of the incredible matchups listed above, this one might actually be the game of the day. These are two great, evenly-matched teams that are begging to get a chance to play one of the elite teams above in the Tier I semifinals on Sunday. SAR took the first step on Thursday by shutting down the Beren Academy Stars, holding them to only five points in the second half and 18 points overall. On the offensive side of the ball, the Sting relied on Judah Oppenheimer’s Steph-Curry-like shooting to expand their lead and generate momentum. They’ll have their hands full against Gideon Valensky (22 PPG) and the Wildcats, who will look to win add another trophy to the season after winning the Satran tournament earlier in the season.
#8 HANC Hurricanes (Uniondale, NY) vs. #18 Fuchs Mizrachi Mayhem (Beachwood, OH)
11:30 AM SAR High School
The highest-ranking team playing for Tier II, HANC will look to bounce back from a super-close loss the YULA Panthers on Thursday, and establish themselves as clear favorites for the Tier II crown. They’ll have to defeat a Fuchs squad that pulled off the upset on Thursday by beating the #15 Mesivta Mustangs.
#11 Berman Cougars (Rockville, MD) vs. #14 MTA Lions (New York, NY)
1 PM SAR High School
Berman put the tournament on upset alert as they jumped out to an early lead vs. Frisch on Thursday night. However, the defending champs turned out to be too much to handle in the end. The Cougars can get their vengeance against a tough MTA team that put on a very impressive performance against Farber. MTA will have no unique home court advantage as this game will be played at SAR and not Yeshiva University.
#10 Ida Crown Aces (Chicago, IL) vs. #17 Katz YHS Storm (Boca Raton, FL)
8:30 AM Max Stern Athletic Center
The Aces fought hard against a tough RASG team, but couldn’t contain Ben Tal and his incredible scoring abilities. Big man Ryan Bokor and guard Amitai Kolom will look to keep the Aces’ hopes of back-to-back Tier II championships alive with a win against Katz. The Storm pulled off the minor upset over the Kohelet Kings by dropping a very impressive 74 total points.
#12 Beren Academy Stars (Houston, TX) vs. #13 TABC Storm (Teaneck, NY)
10 AM SAR High School
Despite being only seed away from each other, these two teams approach Friday’s game from dramatically different directions. Beren struggled offensively against a very good SAR Sting team, while TABC cruised to an impressive team win over Harkham. The Stars will look to settle down on offense and take care of the ball, whereas the Storm will continue to spread the ball around and hope they can get another four double-digit scoring efforts out of their players again.
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