Judah Esses had a phenomenal fourth quarter and Nathan Greenberg hit the game-winning free throw with 15 seconds left as the Kohelet Kings had an unreal comeback victory 50-47 over the Farber Fire to send them to the Tier IV championship game. Trailing by 15 going into the fourth, Esses and the Kings were able to ramp things up defensively and steal the victory.
Ari Eizen got things going for the Fire early with four quick points as Farber used their size advantage to wreak havoc down low. The Kings countered with some nice shots from Nathan Greenberg and Eric Dolitsky to keep the game close. Farber took a 12-8 lead going into the second quarter, and behind an energized cheering section, they closed out the first half well and took a 26-17 lead into the break. Their team play was easily recognized as they had seven different players score in the first half and none of them had more than six.
Farber got a number of great looks down low to start the third, highlighted by an Eliezer Benjamin three-point play the old-fashioned way. With the game going past midnight, the Farber Faithful only got more into the game as they propelled their team to success. Judah Esses had an unbelievable chasedown block for the Kings that got the entire gym on its feet, but it wasn’t enough to spark a run as his team trailed 43-28 going into the fourth.
Kohelet had a fantastic beginning to the fourth quarter that quickly cut the lead to 10 and gave their team much needed momentum. Isaac Melman and Judah Esses took over on both defense and offense and cut the lead to 43-39 with four minutes left. The Kings defense was phenomenal, and they forced turnover after turnover.
Esses nailed two huge free throws to tie the game with one minute left, and after a series of wild possessions, Nathan Greenberg got fouled a hit a free throw to give his team a 48-47 lead with only 15 seconds left. After the inbound, Esses got yet another steal and was fouled immediately with seven seconds left. With ice in his veins, Esses drained both free throws to make it a three point game. Farber’s three point desperation shot fell short, and the Kohelet fans and bench stormed the court to celebrate the thrilling, come-from-behind win.
Kohelet will play in the Tier IV championship game on Monday, and Farber will play in the Tier IV consolation game tomorrow. Be sure to follow all of the action on Macslive, the official broadcast network of Yeshiva Sports and exclusive home of the Red Sarachek Tournament.
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