In an MYHSAL quarter-final varsity basketball game, the Eastern Conference 5th seed HAFTR Hawks visited the Western Conference top seed Frisch Cougars. The Hawks defeated the Rambam Ravens in the first round while the Cougars had a first round bye.
The Cougars came
out quickly playing very aggressive defense in jumping out to a 13-2 lead with
two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Hawks point guard Gabe Shamama hit
a half court shot at the first quarter buzzer to cut the lead to six. The high
scorer after the first quarter was Cougars’ Junior guard Max Zakheim who scored
10 points leading Frisch to their 17-11 lead.
The Hawks scored
the last 11 points of the second quarter to cut the Cougars lead to three at
28-25 at the half. Hawks’ forward Matthew Jedwab had 6 points and dominated the
quarter. The Hawks kept chipping away and also won the third quarter to knot
the game at 37-37.
With two minutes
left in the game Hawks forward Dovi Baratz hit one of two free throws to tie
the game at 51-51. This was HAFTR’s best chance to take the lead, something
they were never able to do in the game. After a jump ball with eleven seconds
left and Cougars up 54-52 the Hawks had a chance to tie the game. Max Zakheim
stole the pass intended for Jordan Appel and was fouled with six seconds left.
Zakheim hit both free throws to put Frisch up 56-52. HAFTR hit a layup at the
buzzer to make the final score 56-54 in favor of the Cougars.
The Cougar team is
lead by Senior starters Jake Fromen, Max Mayerhoff and Jack Reinhart. Fromen is
the team energizer and scored 7 points. Mayerhoff is the team’s veteran guard
and had 12. Reinhart, the team’s coach on the floor, finished with 5 points
including a key three to put the Cougars up 46-42 with six and half minutes to
go in the game. Other key contributors include Juniors Shmueli Coates and Danny
Weinberger. Coates dominates inside and almost had the highlight play of
the year with a fast break opportunity that included a behind-the-back dribble
to shake a defender, but he just missed on the slam dunk attempt. Weinberger’s
defensive intensity is always contagious and he also made a couple of huge
coach Frantz Pierre-Louis made sure the Cougars played a tough man to man
defense the entire game while assistant coaches Eli Davidoff and Daniel Tamir
did a great job putting their players in position to be successful.
Both the Frisch
Varsity Basketball and Hockey teams eliminated the HAFTR Hawks from the
playoffs. In their next game, the Cougars will host Western Conference 3rd seed
Heschel Heat in the semi-finals.