Every Tuesday morning at 7:20 ET Nachum Segal presents Elliot Weiselberg on JM in the AM to deliver the Yeshiva League Sports (YLS) Update. Tune in for the latest Yeshiva League Sports information, as well as, the occasional update on other sports happenings in the Jewish world. The transcription for this morning’s update is below.
Today’s JM in the AM Sports Update is dedicated in memory of my father Avraham Menashe ben Dov Be’er Halevi, on this, his 17th Yehartzeit.
Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update we crown our final two champions of the 2022-2023 winter season as Boys JV and Varsity basketball take center court. Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
A year after championship Sunday saw four New York teams fighting for the JV and Varsity crowns, we returned to a more traditional New York-New Jersey affair. The JV matchup kicked off the afternoon with two West teams as 1 seed TABC squared off with 2nd seed Ramaz. The underdogs would hold the upper-hand for most of the contest as the Rams held 7 point leads out the 1st and 2nd quarters and would even hold a double-digit lead in the closing moments of the 3rd, paced by the inside play of Sophomore Isaac Ohayon and the hot hand from beyond the arc, Sophomore Nate Sugar who would finish the afternoon with 15 and 12 respectively. However, foul trouble would be the name of the game for both teams, but especially for Ramaz, and it gave TABC new life in the final quarter. Prior to that point, TABC had been a dreadful 3 for 10 from the line, but Sophomores Eyal Kinderlehrer and Yonah Mandel would combine to shoot 6 of 8 in the final 8 minutes and the Storm would outscore the Rams 18-4 down the stretch to erase the deficit and turn it into a 6- point TABC victory, 46-40. Kinderlehrer and Mandel finished with 14 and 11 respectively, but Mandel’s massive back to back 3’s were the spark that brought the Storm back from near-certain defeat, earning him MVP honors. The win completes the undefeated season for the Storm who bring home their 2nd JV title in the last 6 years.
The main event of the afternoon would prove to be a real catfight as the North Shore Lions and Frisch Cougars matched up for the Varsity trophy. Frisch would find their grove early, specifically Senior Alex Zakheim who single-handedly outscored the Lions 11-10 in the first quarter, but a rare off-day for the Cougars as a whole proved to be their undoing as North Shore would allow only one bucket from the field in the 2nd quarter, and jump out to a 24-17 halftime lead. Zackheim would continue to drain shots, finishing the afternoon with a game-high 24, but by the time the rest of the Frisch squad found their groove, North Shore had already opened up a double-digit lead and did not slow down, riding a 26 point 4th quarter to a 63-43 championship victory. Junior Ben Abizadeh led a group of 9 Lion players making marks on the scoresheet, topping 20 points, en route to pulling in a Varsity final MVP to match the JV MVP that he took home in last year’s championship by the Lions. Senior David Orbach and Junior Jordan Zarka each added double-figures in the North Shore victory helping lead North Shore to their 2nd Varsity title and the Junior group to their 2nd championship in a two-year stretch.
With that, another winter sports season has drawn to a close. However, that does not mean that the competition is over. The close of the Yeshiva League Basketball season, means that it is time for the 2023 Red Sarachek tournament. Starting this Thursday, you can tune in to MacsLive and Yeshiva League Pass for all of the action as 24 of the nation’s top teams converge on Yeshiva University to vie for the most prestigious title in Yeshiva sports. We’ll recap all of the action for you right here next week.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg!