The Flatbush Boys JV and Varsity Basketball teams traveled to Long Island Tuesday night (11/28) and were done in by some “lights-out” shooting by the DRS Wildcats in dropping both ends of the doubleheader at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach’s boys high school in Woodmere, NY.
The JV’s took the floor first, and Flatbush came out playing hard, pushing the ball on offense and playing up on the Wildcats on defense, but turnovers and missed shots – coupled with unconscious outside shooting by the hosts (6 of 8 from beyond the arc) left the Falcons looking up, way up. AJ Cohen smoothly sank a jumper, as did Alan Sassoon, but after one period of play the hosts held a commanding 30-8 lead.
DRS stayed hot in the second quarter, scoring on each of their first 5 possessions and adding 13 more points to their total, extending the lead to 43-10. A Nathan Shabot steal leading to an Isaac Sutton reverse lay up was a highlight for the visiting Falcons. A buzzer beater, though, by the Wildcats left Flatbush still gazing upwards with the hosts harboring a 53-15 advantage at the half.
Kal Abed found his stroke in the third quarter with a nice floater and a trey, and AJ Cohen hit for a pair as well, but DRS stayed just as hot as they extended their lead to 39, 67-28, despite a Morris Dweck 3 in the final minute of the 3rd quarter.
The final period saw David Cattan and Abie Mosseri help get Flatbush over the 40-point mark, and close the gap a bit. But in the end, the Wildcats were just too hot, taking home the win, 79-44.
The Varsity teams then took center court. Flatbush controlled the tip, then controlled the tempo, slowing the game down in an effort to cool off the strong-shooting Wildcats. Defense was the chant from the Falcon bench, and the Flatbush 5 on the court were game. Plus, Flatbush hit the boards hard at both ends. But the offense was slow to get in gear, going over 4 minutes before a Maurice Mosseri free throw got them on the board. To make things worse, two possessions later Flatbush was looking at a 10-1 deficit with 2:48 left in the opening quarter. Noah Sedaka answered the 5-point mini run with a conventional 3-point play. The Wildcats, however, began to find a comfort zone with their shooting, and held a 15-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter of play.
Flatbush flashed the D again in quarter number two, keeping DRS off the scoreboard for the first 3:28 of the period, which was great until an ill-advised Falcon pass led to a Wildcat breakaway. Richard Silverman answered to cut the deficit to 10. But, late turnovers and open possessions let DRS extend their lead late, and the Wildcats took a 25-12 lead into intermission.
The Flatbush defense continued to work hard, but though the Falcons has quality looks on offense, the ball just would not give down. Midway through the 3rd quarter, DRS scored only one point, but Flatbush scored none. By the end of he quarter, the Falcons managed only a Joe Kattan 3, and the deficit had grown to 37-15.
As usual, though, ther was no quit in these Falcons. Mosseri sparked the offense with a drive and a three to get the deficit under 20. Jack Mishaan continued to work the boards, and when Mosseri squeaked in an acrobatic finish, the score was 39-24 and DRS wanted a timeout. The Flatbush defense held DRS scoreless for over 4 minutes until a pair of free throws at the 3:10 mark pushed the lead out to 17 points. Flatbush would get no closer, though, with the final score 47-28 in favor of the home Wildcats.
It was a frustrating night, but Head Coach Michael Gurock focused on the positives. “I thought we gave a great effort out there tonight,” he reflected afterwards. “We had our opportunity at the end of the game to make a run, it just fell short. But, I really loved how our boys kept their heads held high and they played with pride down the stretch.”
NEST NOTES: Tournament play is next up on the horizon for the Falcons. The JV’s wil begin hosting the annual Hausdorff Basketball Tournament and Shabbaton on Thursday night, November 30. The event will run through Sunday, December 3.
The Varsity will leave for Brookline, Massachusetts and the Maimonides School Basketball Tournament and Shabbaton the following Thursday, December 7. The Tournament will involve both the Flatbush Boys and Girls varsity teams, and the event will run through Sunday, December 10.