Who They Are:
#12 Robert M. Beren Academy Stars (Houston, TX)
#14 MTA Lions (New York, NY)
How They Got Here:
Beren: Lost to SAR 54-18, Lost to TABC 71-24, Beat Fuchs 46-40
MTA: Beat Farber 43-29, Lost to Berman 58-53, Beat Ida Crown 83-79
Game Preview: After two big losses to two very good teams, the Stars salvaged their 2018 Sarachek run with a nice, comeback victory over Fuchs on Sunday. Led by the athletic Jonny Abitbol and scorer Akiva Garner, Beren wants to prove to everyone why they were originally seeded in Tier I. To do that, they’ll have to overcome a gritty MTA Lions team that has had a Sarachek performance to be proud of so far this weekend. After knocking off Farber on Thursday, the Lions narrowly lost to a very good Berman team that is competing for the Tier II title tomorrow right after this game. On Sunday, MTA, led by the heroics of Eitan Pfeiffer, outlasted the Ida Crown Aces in a quadruple overtime thriller. The win was especially nice for MTA coach Shlomo Weisberg because it came against his alma mater. Likely playing in front of a large crowd of fans, the Lions will look to show that they are much better than the 14-seed they were given and take home the Tier III trophy.
Players To Watch: Big-man Noah Diner had a very solid performance against Fuchs and is the tallest player in the on the Beren team. He’ll have to play big and take advantage against a guard-heavy MTA team. Eitan Pfeiffer’s hustle, leadership, and clutchness were off the charts on Sunday. While his play is something alone to be proud of, his intangibles are the things that separate him from the rest.
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- TIER I CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
- TIER II CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
- Kohelet Wins Tier IV Championship
- TIER III CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
- Berman Bigs Beat Katz, Advance To Tier II Championship
- Storm Warning: TABC Can't Be Stopped
- Shalhevet Charges Its Way Into 3rd Straight Tier I Championship