The SAR Sting (Riverdale, NY) knocked off the Beren Academy Stars (Houston, TX) 50-20 in
Thursday afternoon’s Sarachek Tournament. SAR’s tight defense caused Beren a ton of turnovers and only allowed 2 points in the final quarter. Leading in both offensive and defensive rebounds, SAR brought home a win to advance to Tier I. Leading scorer Judah Oppenheimer hit four three point shots en route to a total of eighteen points. Jake Schwalbe also came out clutch with a total of nine points and three rebounds for the Sting.
The game started off slow with neither team scoring until SAR sunk a three pointer from deep in the corner with three minutes left of the first quarter. Beren fought hard and had their first three points with 1:20 left to go in the frame. Tied up at five to five after the first, both teams came out stronger and in the second quarter.
Things picked up a bit in the second, and although both teams struggled to get many of their shots to fall, they managed to score a little more this quarter; SAR had eleven points and Beren had eight. Oppenheimer put up two 3 pointers, giving SAR the lead going into the half. However, Beren put up a good fight, and trailed only by three, 16-13, going into halftime. The highlight of the first half had the fans on their feet as Beren guard, Akiva Garner #3, showed off his handles and crossed up his defender leaving him unbalanced and on the ground.
Coming out of locker room, SAR put the game away early in the second half. Oppenheimer was on fire at the three point line, and the team’s tight defense gave up only five points in the third quarter and two in the fourth. With the win, SAR advances on to Tier I while Beren goes to Tier II. It was a hard-fought, competitive game, and we’re looking forward to see what these teams continue to produce in the tournament. 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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