On Monday night (11/130, The Flatbush Boys Varsity basketball team took a hiatus from the regular season schedule and welcomed in the Varsity from Packer Collegiate Institute, a private independent college preparatory school seated in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge in the Brooklyn section of the borough, and the teams played a close contest with the host Falcons coming away with a 43-38 victory in the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.
For Flatbush, though still plagued by missed open shots, the falcons jumped out to a 10-4 lead on the heels of their trademark pressure defenser, led by Senior Gueards Maurice Mosseri and Murray Dweck. The game took a six point swing near the end of the quarter when Joe Kattan missed on a long three and packer followed immediately with a three of their own. At the end of the period, Flatbush held a 13-9 lead.
In the second quarter, Head Coach Michael Gurock gave his reserves quality minutes with the game on the line, and front court mates Sammy Salzman, Noah Sedaka and Moshe Hasbani responded, providing solid defense and strong rebounding.
But the Falcons struggled to score, and three minutes in, packer had pulled even at 15-15. 30 second later, the Pelicans had their first lead, 17-16. Flatbush moved the ball well on offense, but a lack of scoring touch left them little to show for their efforts. The Falcons could only muster 5 points in the period, and trailed the visitors by the score of 22-18 at the half.
Mosseri opened the second half scoring with a floater in the lane, and his hot hand kept the Falcons close, but packer began to find the shooter’s touch from outside and pushed the lead out to 232-27 with 2:55 left in the quarter. Flatbush kept working, as they do, and the effort paid off. A big lay in by Power Forward Jack Mishaan off a Mosseri entry pass clsed the gap to two points, where it stood heading into the final quarter of play. Pelicans in the lead, 32-30.
Eddie Lincer’s baseline jumper out of the break got Flatbush even at 32 points apiece, but packer answered right back. From that point on, Kenny Beyda made his presence felt up and down the court. Beyda brought the Falcons even with a power rebound followed by a coast-to-coast driving lay in.
A repeat performance from Beyda gave Flatbush back the lead at 38-36. Salzman filled the basket next with a drive in traffic in the lane to make it a 3-point lead. But Beyda was on fire, finishing on another full-court drive to make it a 43-38 ballgame with a little over a minute left to play. Flatbush turned up the defense, came up with a few stops, then ran out the clock for the 5-point win.
NEST NOTES: The Varsity Boys return to League play when they host Derech Ha-Torah on Thursday night, November 16, in the second game of a JV/Varsity doubleheader. Tip off will be at approximately 8:30 pm.