The Flatbush Boys Varsity Basketball team gave the Magen David Warriors everything they could handle Saturday night (12/30), but foul trouble ended the Falcons threat as the Warriors won going away on their home court on MacDonald Avenue, 76-60, in Brooklyn, NY.
Magen David came in to the game sporting an undefeated record in League this season, while the Falcons came in hoping to put together a run late in the season to secure a spot in the playoffs. The Flatbush Varisty Boys fell behind early, but managed to keep it a close 6-8 point game virtually the entire game.
With the game in the second half, the Falcons upped the pressure and closed the game to a mere 3 points, and the Warriors were reeling. The hosts called timeout and reset things. They took advantage of their great depth on the roster and inched the lead back out. Flatbush stayed close, but then had to battle the loss of their floor general when Maurice Mosseri fouled out with 7 minutes left in the game. Even without Mosseri, Flatbush did not go quietly.
With 3:30 to play, Flatbush had a chance to cur the deficit back to six, but Joe Kattan – who played brilliantly all night – missed on a lay up. The Warriors played the end game well, and sealed the 76-60 win in a score that was not indicative of the closeness of the contest.
It was a tough loss, but Head Coach Michael Gurock was effusive in his praise of the effort and teamwork displayed by the boys – not only during the game but all season long. “I think fatigue down the stretch caused more of our miscues than a lack of poise. We may not have gotten the results we want on a regular basis, but as their coach it has been so gratifying to be around this group because they care about each other and have an all-for-one, 1-for-all attitude.” He also was taken by the positive presence of Flatbush fan support on the road. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the tremendous support we got from our students last night. We had more fans than they did and it really gave us a boost. It was such a positive night with the exception of the outcome.”
NEST NOTES: The Varsity Boys have three games remaining on the regular season, and may need to win each one to secure a place in the playoffs. The first of the final three tests comes on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, when the Falcons host the North Shore Stars in the second game of a JV/Varsity doubleheader. The JV game will tip at 7:00 pm, with the Varsity game to start afterwards at approximately 8:30 pm.
(Photos courtesy of Suzi Levy)