Tuesday, March 21, 2023

On February 3 Noam played Moriah in a game that would decide the regular season champion. There was a lot of anticipation and hype leading up to the game and it did not disappoint. Both teams were at their best and kids on both sides made outstanding plays.

Noam jumped out to an early 7-point lead led by the scoring of Yehudah Mirwis (8) and Sam Bendheim (10), but by halftime the game was tied. Moriah pulled ahead in the 3rd, led by Rafi Lewis and Gabi Katz, but tough defense and a key basket by Ari Kaminetzky (4) kept Noam in the game trailing by 4 going into the final quarter.

In the 4th quarter it looked like Moriah had taken complete control of the game with a 36-29 lead with about 4 minutes to go. However, Noam would not be denied. Turning up the pressure on defense and going on a 14-4 run, Noam ended the game with a 43-40 victory. Gabi Antosofsky (8) hit two big shots that fueled the comeback and Billy Krause (7) hit key foul shots down the stretch that helped secure the victory. Yoni Mann (6) did a terrific job of running the team and not panicking when the game could have gotten out of hand.


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