On Monday night (12/4), in their final tune up before heading to Boston for the Maimonides School Tournament, the Flatbush Boys Varsity Basketball team jumped out early and never looked back in taking care of business with cross-town rival Shaare Torah, defeating the Stars, 62-45, at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.
Sammy Salzman put Flatbush’s first 4 points on the board, and the Falcon pressure “D” made its presence felt from that point on. Senior Guard Maurice Mosseri turned over the Stars and Power Forward Jack Mishaan corralled all the Star misses. Flatbush built a 10-point lead before a few miscues let Shaare close the deficit a bit. But the Falcons regrouped, and held a 20-12 lead after the 1st quarter.
A pair of Richard Silverman baskets pushed the Flatbush lead back to double digits at 26-14 with over three minutes gone in quarter number two. Reserve guard Joe Kattan had the shooter’s touch as well. The Stars then extended the range, and back-to-back threes got the deficit down to single digits. But Flatbush regianed their focus and tightened up the defense. A late Mosseri steal and breakaway lay up let Flatbush equal their largest lead of the game heading into intermission, 40-27.
Flatbush started the second half like it did the first, with a Salzman lay up. Eddie Lincer followed with a jumper giving the Falcons a 17-point lead two minutes in. Mosseri continued to slice through the Stars defense and Salzman was a force defensively, coming up with two big blocks on the same Shaare possession. By the end of the quarter, the Falcons had extended their lead to 53-37.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Shaare began shooting themselves back into he game, but a huge Murray Dweck hustle steal helped keep the Stars at bay, and his finish on a sweet feed from Mosseri helped salt away the win. It was the Falcons’ night, 62-45.