By Ari Adler
This week in the "Eli's Homemade Schnitzel" Israel Basketball League, Lord Balldemort looked to secure their spot as one of the top seeds heading into the playoffs, as they matched up versus the Hebrew Hoopers in a game that turned into a thriller. Lord Balldemort focused their efforts in the paint, where they hammered away at the Hoopers defense time and time again. Their guards were feeding Lord Balldemort's big men, as they turned dimes into buckets. The Hoopers attack was able to keep up, scoring jump shots as the guards seemed to have the hot hand throughout the game. As the game went into the final minutes, however, Lord Balldemort pulled away with a couple of transition baskets to take the win 61-52.
Imrei Binah put on a show playing against Dasman in yet another thriller. Moshe Gross, Imrei's star guard, was “in the zone” as he put up impressive numbers leading his team to victory. He ended the night with 25 points and 9 rebounds to go along with his 7 assists. Dasman played with the “Greg Popovich mindset”, having each player on their team touch the ball before a shot was taken. This helped them with their ball movement and to eventually find their forwards for wide open baskets. Their chemistry as a team was a sight to see, and if it hadn’t been for Imrei's late run in the second half, they would’ve had the game. Imrei ended up taking the win 49-45 in this showcase of a game.
Aish had a doubleheader this week, playing Neve and winning 48-20. They also took on Baby Korn, scoring 58 to Baby Korn’s 39. It was all about Yoni Arnet for Aish, as he was everywhere on the court, seemingly scoring at will. Arnet dominated in the transition game, as he was the first player down the court every time, scoring multiple fast break layups. For Baby Korn, their 3-point shooting was outstanding, as they drained shots from deep behind the arc. Their guards found that extra gear and were playing at an unreal pace. Aish outplayed Baby Korn and ended up taking the victory.
In other action around the "Eli's Homemade Schnitzel" Israel Basketball League, the B-Wood Ballers beat the Texans 50-34, B-Money Cards took out Shayas 53-45, Lev Heat won versus the Midrash Ballers in a defensive contest 37-28, and Klass rose to victory 58-42 versus Sinai.
Victory for Cards and Mavs’ as Playoff Run Begins in "Eli's Homemade Schnitzel" Israel Basketball League
By Ari Adler
In a match up that went down to the final seconds, the B-Money Cards edged out the Storm, in "Eli's Homemade Schnitzel" Israel Basketball League. It was all about the Cards’ offense in this one. Scoring, passing, and offensive rebounding helped the Cards notch the win. The Storm defense put up a valiant effort to try to contain the Cards bigs inside, but ultimately the Cards hit multiple shots in the final minutes, for the 41-37 victory.
The Moreshet Mavs’ had quite the game against Imrei Binah, scoring 50 points to Imrei Binah's 47. The Mavs’ moved the ball effectively, finding their star wing players for wide open 3’s time and time again. Moshe Gross put on a show at point guard, scoring 11 and dishing out 7 assists, while Aaron Valinsky contributed on offense and defense for the Mavs’, draining a couple of clutch threes in the second half to keep his team in the game. Valinsky’s defense was outstanding, as he recorded 3 steals and 4 blocks on the night.
Cyclone beat the B-Wood Ballers in a thrilling 46-43 contest. Cyclone had the advantage from the first bucket and never looked back. Their big men dominated the paint in the first half, while their star guards found their mid-range jump shots to hold onto the win in the second half.
Baby Korn was on fire against the Texans in their match up, putting up 49 points, with most of them coming from behind the arc. Their superior passing helped them find the open man for multiple open-look 3 pointers. The Texans implemented a 3-2 zone to try to take away Baby Corn's shooting, but Baby Korn proved too skilled, prevailing 49-43.
In other action around the "Eli's Homemade Schnitzel" Israel Basketball League, the Hebrew Hoopers beat Nevei Diesels 69-48, and followed that with a convincing victory against Team 305 by a 66-43 margin. Meanwhile, Lev Heat beat The Six 56-45, while Mega Building Supply took out the Midrash Ballers 65-45. Wins are now at a premium, as teams head into the playoff stretch run.
By Ari Adler
The Moreshet Mavs pulled off an incredible win in the "Eli's Homeade Schnitzel" Israel Basketball League, beating Team Dasman 59-57 in a stunning finish. The Mavs' incredible three-point shooting and ball movement proved to be the difference in what was a tightly contested affair. For Team Dasman, it was their defense and rebounding that kept them in the game, with Avi Francis a key contributor on the offensive end. Eli Kornfeld was the star of the game, proving to be the main scorer and facilitator for the Mavs.
Team Jacobowitz played the Lev Heat in a game that went into overtime. Ezzy Pollack was having himself a night, scoring at will to finish with 15 points. Tzvi Hagar stepped up for Team Jacobowitz and took on most of the scoring, ending the night with 22 points. For the Heat, it was all about their guards, who played extremely well. The ball movement and chemistry was evident, as the Heat big men dominated inside after the guards repeatedly fed them the ball. In a hard-fought battle, Team Jacobowitz came away with the win 57-56.
Team Sinai was kneck and kneck with the Picazenas, until the latter used a late-game surge to secure a 59-44 victory. The Picazenas relied on teamwork and their big men to dominate in the paint. Team Sinai tried to strategize to stop the Picazenas' attack, succeeding until late in the second half when the Picazenas unlocked the defense.
In yet another down-to-the-wire finish, the contest between B-wood Ballers and Symphony Care Network also went into overtime. For the B-wood Ballers, it was all about their “iso” game, putting the ball in their best players' hands and letting them go to work. The SCN defense eventually succumbed to the B-wood Ballers' attack, but not without a fight. Tzvi Winter for SCN put on a show, leading the break countless times and scoring 30 points. Yisroel Wasser was lights out, draining several three-pointers late in the second half to keep his team in the game and ending the hard-fought battle with 18 points and nine assists. Shimmy David was the man inside, racking up boards and playing hard defense, resulting in a double-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks on the night. After a thrilling overtime finish, the B-wood Ballers won the game 61-60.
In other action around the "Eli's Homeade Schnitzel" Israel Basketball League, Aish beat the Midrash Ballers 75-44, Mevaseret Shayas triumphed versus Team Klass 55-51, Team Samet shined in their victory over the Texans 62-37, and Imrei Binah edged out Team Mirwis 45-43 in a nail-biting performance.
Ari Adler is a sportswriter and video editor, based in Jerusalem.