Ryan Turell’s 20 points and clutch fourth quarter free throws were too much for Ben Tal and the RASG Warriors to handle as Valley Torah took the game 51-42. Turell played great defense and facilitated an offensive attack that was boosted by the strong play of the Altit brothers, Nimrod and Nadav, who combined for a big 17 points. Noah Schiff played his heart out for RASG, doing all of the small things like grabbing offensive rebounds, jumping on loose balls, and using his electric defense to cause troubles for the Wolfpack.
RASG jumped out to an early lead behind some nice shooting from Ben Tal, but Turell got things going with a dunk and led the Wolfpack to a 14-12 lead after one. Jack Esformes came out shooting for the Warriors as he nailed two big threes. However, the Wolfpack played sound, steady basketball and took a 28-23 lead into the half.
Valley Torah pushed open the lead in the 3rd quarter behind two threes from Nimrod Altit, but RASG kept the game close and trailed only 42-34 after three. Jacob Stein had four straight points for the Warriors to cut the lead to four, but that was as close as RASG would come the rest of the game. Turell knocked down many free throws at the line, and the Warriors couldn’t get their threes to fall.
Valley Torah will advance to the Tier I semis on Sunday, while RASG will go to the Tier I consolation bracket.
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