Continuing the quest for the Sarachek Tier I championship, the Valley Torah Wolfpack (Valley Village, California) will take on the Magen David Yeshiva High School Warriors (Brooklyn, New York).
Both teams started this tournament with byes, and each won their quarterfinal match to advance to this semifinal round.
Valley Torah started off as the 2 seed and took down a strong RASG Hebrew Academy (Miami Beach, Florida) team to advance. Magen David began this tournament seeded at number 3, and defeated a talented, high tempo Frisch (Paramus, NJ) squad to move on.
Valley Torah thus far has been leading by the dynamic Senior duo of Ryan Turrel and Nimi Altit, who scored a combined 32 of their 50 points and grabbed 10 of their 21 rebounds in their victory over RASG. Magen David has been paced by an electric triplet of guards, Sophomore Albert Nsiri (23 points) Junior Raymond Jajati (13 points) and Senior Teddy Shamma (13 points).
If Magen David wants to come out of this semifinals matchup with the big W, they’re going to need their blistering three-point shooting to continue (54% in the game against Frisch) and must find a way to defensively contain a much physically larger and explosive Valley Torah Wolfpack offense. Valley Torah, on the other hand, will need their powerful offense to continue putting up big numbers inside the paint and will have to be able to keep up with an incredibly quick and ball-movement oriented team on the defensive end.
This game proves to be one of the most exciting of the entire tournament, with two incredibly talented teams going head-to-head. Both teams have impressive accolades so far this season, with Valley Torah having won the Cooper tournament in Memphis and the Glouberman Tournament in California, and Magen David capturing the MYHSAL championship. Both teams are hungry for more, and both look to claim the 2018 Sarachek Championship. For Magen David, it would be the first time since 2002, and for Valley Torah it would mean their first ever Sarachek Championship.
Be sure to tune it at 3 PM Eastern time to MacsLive, the official broadcast network of Yeshiva Sports and exclusive home of the Red Sarachek Tournament, to catch all the exciting action.
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