week 7 recaps
Preferred Capital 54 Chicago Tailgators 53
For the second week in a row, the first place Preferred squeaked out a one point victory. With the Garfinkel brothers back from semi-retirement, the Chicago Tailgators almost pulled off their second victory after leading 23-16 at the half. Sam Bellows scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half to help Preferred with the come from behind victory. Jacob Grossman's feisty play proved valuable as his clutch rebounds and steals lead to difference making baskets. Akiva Garfinkel and Avromi Feldman led CT with 13 points each while Josh Dimbert turned in to Steve Nash with 6 assists. This game wasn't without controversy. In the waning minute of the game, rookie scoreboard operators Coby Garfinkel and Jack Meiselman got caught up in the excitement of the back and forth action that they started handing out random points like Mishloach Manos on Purim. Thanks to cool demeanor of the refs and and that other guy, in what could have been reminiscent to Shicker-Gate of 2012, a full blown controversy was avoided.
Bebe's 29 Eye on Devon 28
Surging Bebe's pulled off their 4th straight victory by holding off Eye on Devon for the second one point victory of the night. Ari Karesh set the All-Time MBL Assists record on the first possession of the second half after tying it with a buzzer beating 3-pointer assist to his brother Daniel to give Bebe's a 16-14 first half lead. The entire second half was close before it seemed that Bebe's was going to pull away. The Windex Man pulled down another 19 rebounds and Tzvi Shicker morphed into John Stockton with 7 assist for EoD. With the score 29-23 under a minute, Eye on Devon's pressure led by Yossi Berliani and Amnon Neuman flustered Bebe's. The stout defense translated into five EoD points capitalized on by Berliani's 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining. The press put on by Coach Kost almost led to a Bebe's turnover but the ball never went out of bounds. In what looked to be impossible, Bebe's some how managed to keep the ball from going out of bounds twice which allowed the clock to run out.
Robinson Financial 37 Econocare 34
This was the blowout of the evening! Despite Yosef Perlow's 13 points and 20 rebounds stumbling Econocare could not hold their first half lead. Jacob Birn's ( 11pts. 10reb.) dominate second half, Max Gorenstein's defense and ball distribution, and Melech Chaim Lapson's (18pts 10reb.) leadership led the way to an important win putting Robinson in second place and in position for a first round bye in the playoffs. Shlomo Kost broke the single season record, previously held by Nachi Neuman with 18, for most 3pt FG with three 3's putting him at 20 with three games to go.