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Flatbush Falcons soar into T2 Championship, defeats Fasman in nail biter

The quest to play JDS in the Tier II championship began on Saturday night between the Flatbush Falcons and the Fasman Yeshiva. Flatbush struck first when Noah Sedaka hit an in-stride layup to get the Falcons up by two. The “Yeshiva” came right back with a jumper from Doni Miretzky to tie things up. Fasman jumped ahead after Akiva Lafer made a beautiful layup, but Joe Katan from Flatbush hit a three-pointer to take back the lead. Miretzky shot back with three layups to get Fasman back on top 10-5. Flatbush responded with a free throw from Jack Rosow and a three from Eddie Lincer to make it just a one-point game. Miretzky and Ari Schuman from Fasman, came back yet again, this time with a free throw by each of them. Yaakov Mendelsberg and Dovid Taxer from Fasman both hit late layups in the quarter to put Fasman up 16-7 to end the 1st quarter.

The second quarter began with Flatbush responding to Fasman’s late efforts in the first quarter. Jack Rosow hit a layup to cut the deficit to five, but Miretzky struck yet again to push it back to seven. Rosow and Sedaka both hit layups for Flatbush to make it a three-point game. Gavi Domsky came back with a layup of his own for Fasman, to make Fasman’s lead a little more comfortable. However, Flatbush hit a three from Kal Abed and another Rosow layup to tie up the game at 20. Ari Schuman took back the lead for Fasman, but Sedaka came back with a layup for the Falcons tie it up again. Akiva Lafer broke the tie for Fasman after he hit a free throw to give them a one-point lead. The Falcon’s Kal Abed came down and hit a layup, however, to give Flatbush the lead. Fasman would then take the lead on a pair of Miretzky free throws. Rosow took back the lead for the Falcons after a pair of beautiful layups. Those layups would prove to be the last points of the half, as the Falcons went into halftime leading 28-25.

The Falcons continued their great offense in the 3rd quarter with a layup from Rosow and Sedaka, but Fasman matched that pound for pound with layups from Yaakov “Mendy” Mendelsberg and Doni Miretzky. Miretzky continued to hit two pairs of free throws to give Fasman a one-point lead. Kal Abed came back with a three to give Flatbush the two-point lead and made the score 35-33, in favor of Flatbush. Eddie Lincer continued that trend with back to back layups to extend Flatbush’s lead. The folks from down in Brooklyn looked to be in control of the momentum for the moment. Miretzky had other ideas. He knocked down another pair of free throws to cut Flatbush’s lead to four. This score would hold true and would have Flatbush leading 39-35.

The fourth quarter began with Fasman’s Dovid Taxer hitting a layup to continue Fasman’s effort to shorten the deficit. Akiva Lafer then gave Fasman the lead with a three, but Jack Rosow came back and hit a layup to get the Falcons back on top. Doni Miretzky got the lead back for Fasman, after he hit a CLUTCH three. Eddie Lincer came back for Flatbush and hit a three of his own to put the Brooklyn boys back on top 44-43. Jack Rosow added to Lincer’s efforts with another two layups in the clutch. Ami Mashiach then hit a layup for Fasman to make it just a three point deficit. Miretzky continued to encroach on Flatbush’s lead with a free throw. With one minute remaining, this was anybody’s game. Yaakov Mendelsberg hit a clutch euro-step layup to tie the game. With only 1.8 seconds left, the Falcons’ Eddie Lincer hit two free throws to give them the lead. Miretzky had one last look, but it was to no avail. The Falcons ended up winning 50-48. The Falcons advance to the Tier II championship game, while Fasman moves into the Tier II consolation game.

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