Week 5 : Top Teams Continue to Win Big
Yeshiva League Pass and B-Woods win yet again, and are now the only two undefeated teams, with Tommy’s Midrash Shmuel and Project Tzitzis falling. Project Tzitzis had two opportunities for statement wins, but tired legs did them in in their second chance.
KMK 66, Zalman’s Hot Dawgz 56
The 10-point final spread is not completely indicative of how close and intense this battle was, though this was officially the first game of the season for KMK that wasn’t decided by two or fewer possessions. Yoni Snow was the hero for KMK, as he hit three clutch 3s from the top of the arc in the final minutes. He led four KMK double-digit scorers with 15 points. Zalman’s loses a hard-fought battle to drop to 1-3, while KMK moves to 3-2.
Yeshiva League Pass 71, Tommy’s Midrash Shmuel 51
Each team was down key players, but two players really stood out, one from each side. Moshe Heller continued his phenomenal scoring pace, netting a ho-hum 24 points in this one for YLP. Nat Assayag is a league veteran, and it showed on his way to matching Heller with 24 points of his own for Tommy’s. YLP improves to a stellar 5-0, while Tommy’s suffers its first defeat of the season, now sitting at 3-1.
B-Woods 55, Symphony Care Network 38
Another week, another win for B-Woods, who are tied with Yeshiva League Pass for a league-best 5-0 record. Zack Muller led the way with 17 points. Symphony Care Network had high expectations coming into the season, but a combination of bad luck and a tough schedule have them sitting at just 1-3 after four games.
Ashreinu Holy Bagel 33, The Chaburah 27
Chaim Katz had nearly half (13) of The Chaburah’s points, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the energetic Ashreinu, who were led by a combined scoring effort, mainly from Max Mayerhoff and Ariel Solomon. The Chaburah falls to 2-2 on the year, while Ashreinu improves to 2-3.
Loketch Group 48, Nesiv Hatorah 35
The Loketch Group has looked really good over the past few weeks. After starting the season 0-2, they have won two of their past three and look to keep pace with Tier I. Nesiv Hatorah got its offense back on track, more than tripling their offensive output from a week ago, but it wasn’t enough on this night. They fall to 1-4.
Project Tzitzis 59, Gold Seals 57
In the first of two games on the weekend for Project Tzitzis, they win a thriller against another top-tier team. Gold Seals usually max out their scoring in the 40s, so the pace in this one clearly favored Project Tzitzis, who moved to 3-0 with this one. The Gold Seals are now an even 2-2.
Lobos 45, Project Tzitzis 40
Project Tzitzis’ quest for an undefeated season ended in their second game of the weekend, as they couldn’t hang on against a surging Lobos team. Tired bodies may have been a valid excuse, but credit is due to Lobos, who have rebounded from a blowout loss to start the season to win their past two against credible teams.
Papa’s Fried Potatoes 53, Shtark Sharks 37
David Lurie led the Fried Potatoes with 14 points as his squad ends their two-game skid. Shlomo Meisels of Shtark Sharks led all scorers with 17 points, including five made 3-pointers. The hero for Papa’s was Asher Kaufman, whom teammates anointed “pickpocket gold medal winner” for his ballhawking defense. The Shtark Sharks can’t build on last week’s win and drop to 1-3.
KHK/SZG Investments 56, All American Poly 49
All American Poly has arguably played the toughest schedule of any team in the FM Home Loans IBL, so their 1-3 record should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, KHK/SZG Investments was the better team in this back-and-forth affair, eventually securing a victory and improving to 3-1.