With four players in double figures, the TABC Storm (Teaneck, NJ) handled the feisty Harkham Gaon Academy Lions (Los Angeles, CA) 68-49 to win a hard-fought Tier II qualifying game. The Storm controlled the game throughout, maintaining a double-digit lead from the end of the first quarter. However, the Lions kept the game within reach until the very end when TABC connected on three straight three-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the nail in the coffin.
After hitting their first shot of the game, the Lions struggled mightily against the TABC defense that employed a nasty full-court press and an aggressive 3-2 zone in the halfcourt. Harkham managed only five points in the first quarter, three of which came on a late longball by leading-scorer Noah Rossi.
On the other side of the court, TABC spread the ball all around, and it resulted in an effective 15 point first quarter with no player having more than five points.
The TABC lead stayed at 10 going into halftime as each team put up 15 points in the 2nd quarter. Alex Ostrin made five free throws in the early going for the Storm, and TABC star Jonathan Haberman added seven points in the second frame.
Although the intense TABC defensive schemes remained, Harkham began to figure it out, resulting in less turnovers and better looks at the hoop. Rossi took advantage by dropping six points, and Mishael Shirakhoon had a big five points in the last two minutes that helped shrink the gap.
The Storm controlled the tone of the third quarter and outscored the Lions by 10 in the frame. Harkham relied heavily on Rossi, and although he ended the game with a whopping 25 points, he required a number of shots to get there. TABC's balanced attack continued to work wonders as they built a 46-28 lead going into the last eight minutes.
Both teams exploded during the first two minutes of the fourth by combining for an eye-popping 15 points. TABC's Eli Harcsztark hit back-to-back threes that nullified a Rossi three-point play and a Shirakhoon deep ball. Avi Proctor then went on to score eight of his 13 points in the fourth for the Storm, who will advance to Tier II. As for the Lions, they will play for Tier III on Saturday night.
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