Eye on Devon 46; Garfinkel & Associates 33
Eye on Devon got off to a fast start and built a 33-19 halftime lead. The defending champs were led by sophmore Josh Lefton (11pts/4reb/1ast) and rookie Erez Kaissar (13/11/3). Capt Yonaton Gershman and reigning underclassman of the year Amnon Neuman kept the team focused in the second half as Garfinkels Reuven Perlow (17/14/2) and Fry Garfinkel (12/7) pressed the champs with 5 steals a piece.
J&J Equities 51; Robinson Financial 23
In what may just be the final matchup between rivals Max Gorenstein and Sam Bellows it looked like Gorenstein would get the more favorable result early on. However, the "expansion" J&J squad pulled ahead late in the first half and never let go of their lead. But the real story was the hot streak of senior Yahu Mashiach in the second half. Yahu scored 13 of his game leading 20 points in the second half.
Bebe's Kosher Deli 36; Preferred Capital 35
Now this was the game of the night! Preferred jetted off to a 13-0 start and after Bebe's forced their way back in to the game Preferred built another 15 point lead. But with Bebe's coaching duo of Josh Weisel and Mordy Seigal together for the first time this season, Bebe's outscored PC 24-17 in the second half. That was almost not enough. Zach Frank came in to the game 0-1528 from the free throw line. He hit 5 FTs in the last 3 minutes of this game. Down 1 with 4.3 seconds left Bebe's Zach Frank drew the foul sending him the to line for 2 shots. Zach sank both of shots. PC almost caught Bebe's napping but Jake Birn contested Avi Edelson's last second heave to close the game.
Guaranteed Rate 49; Great Chicago 45
This was the making of a blowout. Great Chicago missing their captain... again. 9 point half time deficit and facing the same team that them by 19 just 6 days prior. Great Chicago rallied around a hot Aili Lafer and his 14 second half points. Ben Smilie battled Shmu Gutman and Sam Lefton all night on the boards. Reuven Cin hit a clutch corner jump shot to tie the game with about 2 minutes left. Former Commish Daveed Hagege composed his team and ran the last minute plus through PG Shimon Greenland, who led the game with 6 assists. Clutch free throws by Joseph Dimbert and Greenland helped seal the victory.
Bebe's Kosher Deli 52; Garfinkel & Associates 45
In a cold gym with a malfuntioning scoreboard the last thing anyone wanted were boring games. The first one of the night helped warm people up... actually it was pretty darn cold! But the game was good. Zach Frank coming off his clutch free throws the night before carried his momentum and led all scorers with 23 points. The Perlow brothers with Fry Garfinkel, 19 points, kept GA competing throughout the game. While the Perlow brothers competed together, this was the first matchup between the Porush brothers. Jacob contributed with 8/1/1 but Elisha (4/4/2) and Bebe's still pulled out the win to remain the only undefeated team in the MBL this season.
Eye on Devon 48; Preferred Capital 34
The gym was still cold and apparently PC didnt get the memo that their shooting was suppose to heat up. Yaakov Weiss led PC with 14/16/1 but everyone else just wanted to go under a blanket they were so cold. Eye on Devon played their style of team basketball that helped them win the title a year ago. Amnon Neuman led the champs with 18/8/2.