Judah Esses had 23 points, Nathan Greenberg chipped in 14, and the Kohelet Kings outlasted the much-bigger Mesivta Mustangs to take home the Tier IV Championship.
The Mustangs defense clamped down on the Kings in the early going, forcing them to shoot only 3-11 in the first quarter. On offense, Mesivta used a balanced approach that gave them an early 11-6 lead after one.
The Kings' offense found new life in the second quarter as a 7-2 run highlighted by a Nathan Greenberg triple gave them the lead.
After a series of misses from the Mustangs, Kings' guard and leader Judah Esses went on a personal 5-0 run to extend his team's lead to 26-19 at the half.
Both teams struggled to score in the third, but another Greenberg 3 countered some inside domination from Mesivta big-men Marc Volpin and Eli James, who each ended the game with double-doubles.
Volpin went on a tear in the fourth quarter trying to bring his team back, scoring 7 straight points. However, the combined efforts of Joey Benjamini and Esess closed out the game for the Kings as the Mustang's missed a number of three pointers late in the game that would have closed the gap. Akiva Erlbaum had the last five points of the game, but it wasn't enough as his team fell 50-44.
Both of these teams had great tournament runs, and we hope to see them again some time soon.
Congratulations to the Kohelet Kings on their Tier IV Championship!
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