The Flatbush 7th and 8th Grade Boys basketball Teams took both ends of a Middle Division doubleheader Monday night (2/5), with the 7th Graders topping North Shore and the 8th Graders taking care of business with Shaare Torah at the YoF Elementary School Gym in Brooklyn, NY.
The 7th Grade Boys put their undefeated record on the line in the opening game of the night, and the Falcons hit the floor running. Four points from Sammy Benun and a three ball from Joey Levy staked the Falcons to an early 7-0 lead. The defensive intensity was high, and Moshe Kopolovich was blocking shots as he also hit the boards hard at both ends. A late basket by North Shore kept the score close at the end of the opening quarter, with Flatbush holding a 13-8 advantage.
Five quick points by the visitors while the Falcons offense went ice cold evened the score three minutes in to quarter number two. It took over five minutes, but an inside basket on an inbounds play from Benun finally broke the Falcon scoring drought. It did not help much, though, as those were the only Flatbush points in the quarter. Flatbush had multiple good looks that all came up empty. Halftime found the Falcons trailing, 17-15.
Abraham Tawil showed things would be different in the second half, swishing a jumper on the opening possession of the third quarter. The defense was again clicking, while Benun and Tawil (13 and 6 points respectively for the quarter) broke out on offense. By the end of the quarter, the Falcons had turned a two point deficit into a 15 point advantage, 37-22.
:19 seconds in to the final quarter, Flatbush collected their 10th foul of the half, putting North Shore in the double bonus for the remainder of the game. In under two minutes the visitors cut he deficit to ten. Flatbush recovered, though, and soon salted the game away. Final score: 51-33 Flatbush.
The eighth graders took the court next, facing off in a neighborhood rivalry with the Shaare Torah Stars.
Morris Chaaya opened the scoring with a three, then Flatbush looked inside for a pair of buckets from Jacob Cohen for the early 7-0 lead. The offense was in gear almost as much as the defense was on lock down. Steven Chetrit was a rebounding force at both ends of he court. Every Falcon starter put points on the board in the opening period, with the sweetest coming on a feed from Abie Saada to a cutting Chetrit. the score stood 21-6 Flatbush after one quarter of play.
The second quarter saw the Stars open with two quick Scores, but Flatbush answered in the form of Irwin Azar, who did it at both ends hitting on a three pointer, a lay up and a free throw on the foul along with recording three steals on defense. Three minutes in, Flatbush was up 27-12. The Falcons kept it up, and extended the lead. By halftime, Flatbush held a 38-16 advantage.
The third quarter saw Flatbush extend the lead to 25+ points, forcing the starters to the bench. The reserves came in and looks equally impressive, with two great plays (Lawrence Dweck to Elie Ojalvo and then Ojalvo to Michael Flaster). The score moved to 53-27 in favor of Flatbush after three periods of play.
The fourth quarter saw Michael Bijou hit on a corner three. The Gani brothers each came up with steals, and the Falcons closed out the win, 58-37.
Afterwards, Head Coach Michael Gelber was clearly pleased with the performance of his 8th Grade Boys. “It was a complete performance. But, I was most proud of the effort on offense, right on down the line. From the starters through the entire bench, everyone ran the offense as a team, and the team succeeded.”