Frisch Wins Battle Of The Cougars
After a thrilling victory over the Shalhevet Firehawks to win last year’s Sarachek tournament, the sixth-seeded Frisch Cougars—boasting a 20-3 record and Yeshiva League championship title—certainly came into tonight’s game with lofty expectations.
Nor did they disappoint. Despite heading out of the third quarter with only a two-point lead, Frisch went on a 21-5 run in the fourth to handily defeat the Berman Hebrew Academy Cougars 52 to 34. The run was led by star power forward, Jack Stepner, and Frisch’s leading playmaker Max Mayerhoff who combined for 13 points in the quarter. The two combined for 26 points in the game as a whole, complemented by 10 points from center Stevie Paul.
But the final score does little to recap the dynamic of the first three quarters. Silencing any doubters, the 15-8 Berman Hebrew Academy cougars made their presence more than known to start the game, holding Frisch to only five points in the first quarter. Frisch’s star power forward Jack Stepner was held to only two points on 1-4 shooting.
Entering into the second quarter down by seven points, Frisch came out much more aggressive. Full-court defense led to four forced turnovers, and a greater effort to drive the ball was rewarded with nine trips to the free throw line. Despite Josh Leveiddin’s efficient efforts, Berman allowed a 21-7 run and recorded zero trips to the line in the first half.
The score at 26-19 to begin the second half, both teams came out with a much greater focus on the perimeter game. Through the sharpshooting of Ari Schopf and Raanan Glashofer, the three-point game style worked much to Berman’s favor, resulting in a 10-5 run and closing the gap to only a two-point deficit.
Nonetheless, a game which remained quite competitive through the first three quarters ended in a star-powered run that proved too much handle. Frisch finished the game shooting 17-24 from the line, while Berman went only 3-5.
Tune in this Friday afternoon for an exciting rematch of the Yeshiva League championship, where the Frisch Cougars will once again take on the Magen David Warriors, while Berman will play for Tier II. All of the action can be followed on MacsLive, the official broadcast network of Yeshiva Sports and exclusive home of the Red Sarachek Tournament.
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