Playoff Seedings Set in FM Home Loans Israel Basketball League
By Zak Lenik
Playoff seedings were up for grabs in the final week of the regular season, in the FM Home Loans Israel Basketball League. There were changes in the rankings, as many games had playoff implications. This week had all the excitement you could hope for as teams sensed the playoffs nearing.
Deco Gears Musketeers vs. Samet Team
The Deco Gear Musketeers matched up with Team Samet to start off the last week of the regular season. It was a must win for Deco Gear in order for them to snag a tier 1 spot in the playoffs. They did not disappoint. Deco Gear made this a statement game that they belong in tier 1 as they trounced Samet Team 52-35. The offense was spearheaded by Morris Dweck with 17 and Joe Sultan with 18. With this they are looking for a tough round 1 matchup in the playoffs.
Demi Glaze vs. Imrei Bina
Demi Glaze played Imrei Bina to end the season, and clobbered them 55-40. Yosef Rudy decided he was going to put the team on his back as he had playoff sights in mind. Rudy dropped 20 with a wild 6 three-pointers. Demi Glaze made this game count as they had a tough matchup and convincingly won. Now they have tier one to contend with.
TC vs. Regah Ventures
Regah Ventures closed out their season against TC, and dominated, 58-42. Regah showed no let up from start to finish. Aaron Mizrachi absolutely took over the game accounting for half his team’s points with 29. On defense they gave TC no rhythm and on offense they couldn’t be stopped. This game had huge playoffs implications as both teams ended the season 7-3 and now Regah has the tiebreaker.
Chovat Piaseczna vs. Cyclone Investment Group
Cyclone Investment Group battled with Chovat Piaseczna in a marquee matchup with big seeding significance. The game was back and forth and it was not clear who would be walking away victorious. Chovat started up, but the Cyclones clawed their way back as they so often have this season. The Cyclones were up by 2 with 4 seconds to go. Chovat inbounded the ball to Zeev Remer and he walked right into the paint nearly untouched and sunk the layup sending the game into OT. In the extra period Jackie Haber and Freddie Swaid came up with clutch buckets to win the game for the Cyclones 55-54. Jackie Haber had 19 and Freddie Swaid had 18. Zeev Reemer led all scorers with 20.
The Vikings vs. Hebrwooos
The Vikings took on the Hebrwooos in a game that was all knotted up at halftime, indicating a close matchup. In the end however the Vikings found their stride and were able to win 67- 46. They notched an upper seed in the playoffs ending the season 7-3. Ezra Sicklick led all scorers with 26.
Bmoney Cards vs. Chovat Piaseczna
Chovat Piaseczna went up against Bmoney Cards in a rematch that had a lot of hype. Chovat needed this win as they played 3 games this week to try to secure a top spot in the playoffs. Chovat responded from the earlier loss with a convincing win, 46-32. They went up 10 by the half and never looked back. Zeev Reemer led all scorers with 21, and Brandon Lasko had 15 for Bmoney.
Aish Heat vs. Neveh Fighters
The Aish Heat heated up against the Neveh Fighters beating them 54-30. The Heat really needed this win in order to secure a top spot in tier 2 playoffs. They dominated the whole game, led by Jonah Schachter with 20. Their defense was not exposed as they let up 30 points, finishing up their regular season with a momentum building win. They are now the #1 team in tier 2.
Tubi Titans vs. Chovat Piaseczna
Tubi Titans have had perhaps the toughest strength of schedule this season, and there was no letting up in the final game as they played Chovat Piaseczna. They ended the season on a strong win, beating Chovat 59-49. Zeev Reemer tried putting the team on his back with a strong 30. In the end however, it was too much from Jojo Velenski with 22 and Steven Levion with 18.
The Underdogs vs. Midrash Ballers
In a matchup having serious tier 2 playoff implications, The Underdogs matched up with the Midrash Ballers. The Underdogs acted like overdogs, winning 52-41. They kept a steady lead throughout the game and closed the door on the regular season with a win. They are now the #4 team in tier 2, looking to make some noise there.
Symphony Care Network vs. SINAI Schools
SINAI Schools wrapped up their regular season against Symphony Care Network - and this, folks, was the game of the week. SINAI Schools has been picking up momentum throughout the season and they continued that right here, as they took it to one of the top teams in the league. They played an extremely balanced game having 4 players in double figures as they defeated Symphony Care 59-56. This now leaves them with a 7-3 record giving them the upper hand in the first round of the playoffs.
YLP Shayas vs. Big Ballers
YLP Shayas finished up the last game against the Big Ballers. If they thought it would be a walk in the park, they were wrong. The Big Ballers came out firing on all cylinders, the game was 26-24 YLP. The second half would be more of the same. At one point YLP Shayas took a double digit lead, but it would be eliminated as the Big Ballers would come storming back. In the end YLP Shayas escaped with a narrow win 57-54. Moshe Heller led all scorers with an amazing 31.