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Tier 1 Swish for Sderot Grand Finale Swish Championship

December 10, 2017

The Tier 1 Grand Finale of the 2017 Swish for Sderot Annual 8th Grade Yeshiva Day School Boys Basketball Tournament took place on Sunday Dec. 10th on the campus of TABC in Teaneck NJ.

Despite the snow and icy temperatures, the 6 extremely competitive contests inside the TABC gym heated up and set up for a great Grand Finale and a display of great sportsmanship by all.  The unique aspect of the day's games was that all the teams from all over the tri-state area played against teams that they do not play during the course of their regular season games.

The first Quarter Final matchup was between Magen David Yeshiva from Brooklyn facing JEC from Elizabeth NJ.  MDY raced out to a quick 17-6 lead in the opening half.  JEC started to slow the game down and crept back into it and trailed by a score of 21-18 at halftime.  MDY applied their full court pressure and opened up a 32-24 lead with 9 minutes remaining in the game.  JEC hung in there and, with a couple of 3's, closed the gap to 5 points, with under a minute left.  MDY hit their Free Throws and finally secured a 43-35 victory to move into the semi finals.
Leading scorers for MDY was Jack Cohen and Eli Dweck with 10 points each.  Ikey Rozehzadeh led JEC with 15 points and was selected as the Tournament All Star from JEC.

David Mandel, Coach of JEC, commented that "my team really enjoyed this Swish for Sderot format, which gave every team an opportunity to win the Championship."

The second Quarter Final game featured HAFTR from Lawrence versus Ramaz from NYC.  This turned out to be one of the most competitive games of the day.  The lead kept changing hands, and with 10 minutes left in the first half, HAFTR had a lead of 13-11.  A 3 pointer by Ramaz put them up 15-14, and Ramaz held a 25-20 halftime lead.  Rubenstein scored 6 straight points to help Ramaz build the halftime advantage.  In the second half, HAFTR started off with a 7-0 run and took a 27-25 lead.  Ramaz kept chipping away, but HAFTR held a 32-30 lead with 11 minutes to go.  A 3 by Ramaz put them up 33-32, which they opened up to 39-32 with 6 minutes left. HAFTR came right back and with a minute and a half left, Ambello hit a 3 that gave HAFTR a 40-39 lead.  Ramaz made a Free Throw and with 40 seconds left, Cy Aminzadeh drove to the basket and scored to give Ramaz a 42-40 lead.  Schwartz hit 2 Free Throws for Ramaz to secure 44-40 victory.
Leading scorer for Ramaz was Julius Rubenstein with 15 points.  Hymie Salem led HAFTR with 19 points and was selected as HAFTR's Tournament All Star.

Coach Joey Hoenig of HAFTR expressed his appreciation for including HAFTR in the Swish for Sderot Tournament this year.

The third and final Quarter Final game pitted the Yeshivah of Flatbush from Brooklyn against North Shore Hebrew Academy from Great Neck.
North Shore raced out to an early 12-4 lead.  YOF hung in there and was down 22-16 at halftime.  At the start of the second half, North Shore scored a couple of three point shots and built their lead to 31-21.  YOF then went on a 10-1 run and took a 32-31 lead.  With four minutes left, YOF held a 37-35 lead.  A 3 pointer by Saada pushed the lead to 40-35.  A 3 by North Shore cut the lead to 43-40 but YOF held on for a 47-40 victory.
Leading scorer for YOF was Abie Saada with 19 points.  Turock and Zuckerman each had 10 points for North Shore.  Turock was selected as the All Star for North Shore.

The fourth game and the first semi final of the day had Ramaz face off against MDY.  Ramaz started off very fast and built up a 19-2 lead in the first 7 minutes of the game.  MDY slowly climbed back and after two 3's by Lati towards the end of the half, the score was 23-20 Ramaz.
In the second half Ramaz went on a 9-2 run to open up a 32-20 lead.  MDY came right back with a 6-0 run of their own to close the gap.  With 10 minutes left, after Ramaz built up a 35-28 lead, MDY hit two 3's to close the gap to 35-34.  The teams traded baskets and Ramaz was finally able to win the game by 47-41 and secure a spot in the Tier 1 Championship.
Aminzadeh led Ramaz with 21 points and David Sakkal led MDY with 10 points and was selected as their All Star.

Benny Mann, Coach of MDY, expressed how much he and his team enjoyed the Swish for Sderot Tournament this year.

The second semi final was between YOF and the overall top seeded Moriah School from Englewood who had a first round bye. Moriah proved to be on their game and raced out to a quick 17-5 lead.  They extended the lead to 41-14 at halftime.  In the second half YOF was able to play evenly with Moriah, but it was too little, too late, and Moriah secured a convincing 69-38 victory and moved into the Championship game versus Ramaz.
Ben Haber led Moriah with 20 points and Michael Bijou led YOF with 9 points.  Abie Saada was selected as the Tournament All Star from YOF.

The Championship Game was a classic that featured two powerhouse teams in Moriah and Ramaz.   Ramaz raced out to an early 14-8 lead, only to see Moriah tie it at 15.  Ramaz built a 22-17 lead, but Moriah scored 5 straight points and the game was tied at 22 at halftime.  The second half Moriah raced out to a 31-25 lead.  Ramaz stormed right back to pull within 1.  Ramaz finally took a 40-38 lead and once again Moriah came back to tie at 44 with 4:44 to go in the game.  Moriah went on a 6-0 run and despite the valiant effort by Ramaz, Moriah completed their mission and defeated Ramaz by a final score of 53-49 to secure the Tier 1 Championship.
Leading scorers for Ramaz were Morris Dabah and William Schwartz who were also selected as All Stars for Ramaz.  Leading scorer and Tournament MVP for Moriah was Ben Haber.

Coach Andy Weitzen of Ramaz expressed Ramaz’s appreciation for all the hard work and the great cause.  He said, “It was well done and well run” and was very happy Ramaz was part of it.

Michael Malka, Coach of Moriah, stated, "It was a great Tournament, the kids had a wonderful ftme, and what better way to support Sderot."

Following the Championship Game, the trophy ceremony featured each member of the Moriah team receiving a Championship Trophy.  Moriah also received a Team Championship Trophy that they will proudly display in school.

As the school who raised the most funds, the Moriah school will be presented with a commemorative basketball with the school logo, Swish for Sderot logo, and the members of the team listed on the ball, in a special display case.

As stated by Judah and Carol Rhine, Tournament Coordinators and Directors of American Friends of Sderot, "Since the first of November, 25 games have been played from Manhattan to Lawrence, from Woodmere to Englewood, from Elizabeth to Little Neck and Brooklyn, finally culminating in the Grand Finales in Teaneck.  This has been quite a journey.  To be able to interact and meet all of the administrators, coaches, parents and players in each of the schools, and to raise awareness and funds for the community and Hesder Yeshiva of Sderot, was a truly memorable experience.  The feedback and support from everyone has been extremely positive and encouraging.”

There was a minyan for Mincha and Maariv during the course of the day.
Special thanks to the Moriah School students who sold snacks at the Tournament to benefit Tomchei Shabbos.  Thank you Moshe Tapnack who kept our website updated with all the information, game recaps and pictures. Yasher Koach to each of the participating schools, their Principals, Administrators, Coaches, Athletic Directors, Parents and especially the Players, who helped make the 2017 Tier 1 Swish for Sderot Basketball Tournament a huge success.  

Tizku L'mitzvot.

Judah and Carol

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Tier 2 Swish for Sderot Grand Finale Swish Championship

December 3, 2017

The Tier 2 Grand Finale of the 2017 Swish for Sderot Annual 8th Grade Yeshiva Day School Boys Basketball Tournament took place on Sunday Dec. 3rd on the campus of TABC in Teaneck NJ.

The format for the Grand Finale was comprised of all the schools in Tier 2 competing in a mini day long, single elimination Basketball Tournament.
The day consisted of 5 extremely competitive contests and a display of great sportsmanship by all.

The first game of the day featured Yeshiva Har Torah  (YHT) from Queens v. Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) from Long Island.
The game got off to a slow start with both teams getting comfortable with their game plans. HANC started to pull away late in the first half and held a 20-11 halftime lead.  Uriel Kohanim led YHT with all 11 points at the half, while Ben Mottahedeh led HANC with 12 points.  In the second half, HANC built a 32-17 lead and seemed to be cruising towards an easy victory. But YHT went on a 10-0 run and closed to within 32-27 with just over a minute remaining in the game.  HANC then put away the game, making their foul shots, and secured a 35-27 victory, moving on to the semifinals.
Leading scorer for YHT was Uriel Kohanim with 17 points and leading scorer for HANC was Ben Mottahedeh with 19 points.

The next opening round game featured Yeshiva of Central Queens (YCQ) from Queens v. Rabbi Pesach Rayman Yeshiva (RPRY) from Edison NJ.  This game was a back and forth contest with both teams trading baskets and YCQ holding a 23-21 halftime lead.  The second half continued to be close until YCQ started to pull ahead and won by a final score of 41-33 to move into the semifinals.
Leading scorer for RPRY was Evan Krul with 12 points and leading scorer for YCQ was Yosef Lubeck with 13 points.

The first semifinal pitted HANC v. Manhattan Day School (MDS) from Manhattan.  The first half was a defensive battle with MDS holding a slight advantage of 15-13.  The teams continued to battle in the second half and MDS finally started to pull away with 7 minutes left, leading by a score of 24-18.  HANC would not be deterred. They hit two 3's to close within 24-23 with under 5 minutes left.  MDS continued to apply the pressure and was leading 28-27 with under 3 minutes to go.  The teams traded possessions until Ari Ivry nailed a three point field goal to put HANC up 30-28.  MDS hit one foul shot to close within 1. MDS had one last possession but their desperation shot at the buzzer missed, and HANC was victorious with an upset victory over MDS, sending them into the Championship Game to face the winner of HALB v. YCQ.
Leading scorers for MDS was Cohen and Sprigel with 8 points each and leading scorer for HANC was Ivry with 16 points.

The second semifinal had YCQ v. top seed Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB) from Woodmere NY.  The first half was evenly matched as both teams traded baskets with one another with HALB holding a 22-17 halftime lead.  In the second half HALB's pressure resulted in fast breaks which YCQ could not recover, and HALB sailed into the Championship Game with a 43-30 victory.
Leading scorer for YCQ was Yosef Lubeck with 10 points and for HALB, Sokol had 15 points.

The Championship Game between HANC and HALB was a rematch of a preliminary contest played earlier in the Tournament.
The first half was a low scoring affair with HALB racing out to an early 13-6 lead.  HANC then went on a 6-1 run to close out the first half and trailed by a score of 14-12. HALB started the second half with an 8-0 run and held a 34-24 lead with just 5 minutes to go.  HANC continued to battle but HALB proved way too strong and they secured the championship by a final score of 40-27.
Leading a balanced scoring for HALB was Yoni Aspir and Assaf Perl with 8 points each.  HANC was led by Matthew Hoch with 6 points. 

Each participating school in the Tournament selected an All Star Player who received a special Swish for Sderot All Star Trophy:  
YHT Uriel Kohanim, RPRY Azariah Foger, MDS Moshe Spirgel, YCQ Yosef Lubeck, HANC Ari Ivry.

Following the Championship Game, the trophy ceremony featured each member of the winning team receiving a Championship Trophy.  In addition, the Swish for Sderot MVP trophy of the winning team went to Assaf Perl of HALB.  HALB also received a Team Championship Trophy that they will proudly display in school

This successful event was the culmination of many weeks of planning and preliminary games played throughout the tri-state region.  The goal of the Tournament was to raise awareness about the community and Hesder Yeshiva of Sderot, to r Saise much needed funds and, at the same time, give the 8th grade basketball teams the opportunity to participate in a highly competitive Basketball Tournament.

As stated by Judah and Carol Rhine, Tournament Coordinators and Directors of American Friends of Sderot, "There was a great display of achdus throughout the day, especially when the teams gathered together to daven Mincha earlier in the day, and Maariv just before the Championship Game.  Many thanks to all the Parents, Administrators and friends who came and enjoyed an action packed day, along with a sense of purpose in supporting American Friends of Sderot."

Yasher Koach to each of the participating schools, their Principals, Administrators, Coaches, Athletic Directors, Parents and especially the Players, who helped make the 2017 Tier 2 Swish for Sderot Basketball Tournament very successful.

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Dear Judah and Carol,

Thank so much for your efforts and hard work for this cause. It was a pleasure for me to be a part of and appreciate your patience . On behalf of YHT, thank you so much for hosting the event . We will continue to look forward to participating in years to come .

Sincerely ,

Mitchell Pruzan, Coach- Yeshiva Har Torah