The 8th Grade Boys basketball team started their 2017-18 campaign on the right foot, taking care of the YCQ Wildcats on Thursday night (11/9) in the opening round of the pre-season Swish for Sderot 8th Grade Basketball Tournament on their home court at the YoF Elementary School Gymnasium in Brooklyn, NY.
Irwin Azar and Steven Chetrit set the defensive tone from the outset with phenomenal backcourt pressure that flustered the visiting Wildcats right from the start. Chetrit also hit the boards, and along with Center Jacob Cohen, YCQ had difficulty getting their hands on any rebounds.
Bu the best part of the Falcons’ game early on was their interior passing, which yielded easy chances for Chetrit, Cohen and Abie Saada while allowing Azar to draw multiple fouls on the Wildcat defenders and earn easy points from the charity stripe. By the end of the first quarter, Flatbush held a 14-5 advantage.
In the second quarter, Head Coach Mike Gelber inserted reserves Marvin Ebani, Lawrence Dweck and Aaron Vilinsky, yet the defensive pressure maintained its intense pressure. Vilinsky and Saada were the direct beneficiaries on the offensive end, cashing in on easy baskets inside. Flatbush outscored YCQ 9-7 in the quarter to push the lead to 23-12 at the half.
The second half saw Azar continue to turn over the Wildcat guards, and he regularly found Saada flashing to the basket. Midway through the quarter, the unrelenting pressure ballooned the lead to 24 points. An Elie Ojalvo jumper made it a 39-15 score after three quarters of play.
In the final quarter, Vilinsky hit from in close for a pair of baskets, prompting coach Gelber to insert the remainder of his reserves for the final four minutes of play, garnering them important real-time game experience so early in the season. The Falcons closed out the win, posting a 53-32 win over YCQ.
NEST NOTES: The Swish for Sderot Tournament is the brainchild of Flatbush 7th Grade Boys basketball Coach Judah Rhine. the goal of the tournament is to raise both awareness and funds for the beleaguered community of Sderot. located in the southern part of Israel not far from the Gaza border, that has been the primary target of terror from residents in the Gaza area.
This win left Flatbush as one of 7 schools to move to 1-0 in pool play in the Swish for Sderot Tournament. Their second and final game of the opening round is scheduled for Monday, November 27, at Yeshiva Har Torah. Tip off is set for 8:15 pm.