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Week 2: B-Woods, Yeshiva League Pass, Tommy’s Midrash Ballers Improve to 2-0; AAP Wins OT Thriller

In the second week of FM Home Loans IBL action, several teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack. Meanwhile, a matchup between two teams led by league veterans went down to the wire.

Tzitzis Project 54, Ashreinu Holy Bagels 45

Led by league veterans Shragi Peretz and Chaim Krieger, Tzitzis project got out to an early double-digit lead. That’s when Max Meyerhoff of the Holy Bagels caught fire and made this one a close game the rest of the way. Meyerhoff, who finished with 28 of his team’s 45 points, made contested jumper after contested jumper, but Peretz wisely controlled the tempo and along with contributions from his teammates, made smart plays down the stretch to win their season debut.

Loketch Group 24, The Chaburah Cubs 21

In a scrappy, low-scoring affair, Loketch gets its first win of the season. It was a strong defensive performance from both sides, and Loketch used a balance scoring attack to score just enough, with no player scoring more than seven points. The Cubs, who were led in scoring by Chaim Katz, drop their league debut. Brighter days are ahead.

All American Poly 49, Gold Seals 46 (OT)

This thriller featured a multitude of FM Home Loans Israel Basketball league veterans, and moxie was passed back and forth between the squads. All American Poly got out to a 12-4 lead, but Chesky Lewin of Gold Seals hit a barrage of outside shots to give Gold Seals a similar lead. All American Poly made a run of their own to make it a 25-24 halftime deficit. On the final possession of regulation, Gold Seals had a chance to win it at the charity stripe with one second left, but missed both free throws. In overtime, All American Poly’s veterans showed poise by emphasizing defense and rebounding to secure a three-point win.

B-Woods 63, Shtark Sharks 36

A second half romp by the boys from Los Angeles negated a strong first half effort from Shtark Sharks. In the battle of the Meisels’, Noam led B-Woods with 22 points, while Shlomo of the Sharks had 15 of his own. The Sharks kept it close early, trailing just 19-16 at half. But B-Woods’ talent was too overwhelming en route to a 44-20 second half surge. B-Woods improves to 2-0, while Shtark Sharks are still looking to get in the win column.

Tommy’s Midrash Ballers 52, Zalman’s Hot Dawgz 44

In a game closer than the final score indicated, Tommy’s was paced by three double-digit scorers. Marc Giahn provided steady point guard play for TMB, along with 12 points, as Adam Motovich and Yitzy Kapetas chipped in 14 points apiece. Shalom Dershowitz led his team in scoring for the second consecutive game, however both performances ended with a loss. The Ballers (formerly known as Team Giahn) improve to 2-0.

Yeshiva League Pass 60, Symphony Care Network 44

Ari Kafka was the early story for YLP, as he dominated inside en route to a 28-19 halftime lead, but the story of the game was the performance of the Heller twins, who nearly outscored Symphony Care Network by themselves. Moshe Heller had 27 points, while brother Aharon had 12. “Great ball movement led to easy shots,” Moshe said after the game on his breakout scoring performance. “We didn't need to force any shots.” Yeshiva League Pass improves to 2-0, while SCN drops their first game of the season.

Papa’s Fried Potatoes 57, Kol Hanearim 42

A 2-3 zone by Kol Hanearim was of little challenge to Papa’s Fried Potatoes, who moved the ball flawlessly and selflessly to find holes and make open shots. It was a balanced scoring attack, as five players scored at least six points, while Uriel Cohen led PFP with 13. Moshe Wasserman of Kol Hanearim scored a game-high 20 points as his team drops to 0-2.

Lev Ligs 41, KMK 37

After winning a thriller in their season opener, KMK was on the receiving end of heartbreak in this close loss. KMK led by double-digits at half, but Lev Ligs chipped away slowly but surely over the final 20 minutes, using sound defense and timely shooting. Ray Betesh hit the dagger three to secure the Ligs’ win in their season opener. Mike Natkin of the Ligs led all scorers with 17 points, while Jaim Magendzo paced KMK with 11 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.