Memphis Yeshiva Invitational

Scheck Hillel LIONS suffer upset at the hands of Fasman Yeshiva, 48-45

The 2019 Cooper Invitational saw its first upset, thursday afternoon as “The Aibishter’s Team”, 12th seed Fasman YESHIVA defeated the 5th seed Scheck Hillel LIONS 48-45.

The YESHIVA started the game off red hot. Fasman opened up a 10 point lead on the LIONS, within the first few minutes of the 1st quarter. Fasmans fast pace offense and tenacious defense startled the LIONS into turnovers and mistakes. The LIONS soon recovered though and found some footing. The LIONS Daniel Abbo knocked down a sweet 3 and helped the LIONS closed to within 8. At the end of the 1st quarter,the score was 15-7.

The YESHIVA came out strong at the start of the second quarter extending their lead to 14. The LIONS wouldn’t let Fasman run away with it and ended the half down by 11. At halftime Fasman led 28-17.

Coach Mankoff of Scheck Hillel must have given his players some new direction in the locker room, because the LIONS came out in the second half playing better defensively as well as chipping away at the YESHIVA lead. The LIONS closed out the 3rd quarter only down by 8 and looked to have some momentum going into the 4th quarter. The score at the end of the 3rd was 36-28 Fasman’s lead.

In the 4th quarter, the LIONS continued to chip away at Fasman’s lead little by little. Everyone was on the edge of their seats as each transition took place. First it was Scheck cheering, then Fasman, then Scheck and then Fasman. With 2.3 seconds left in the game, the LIONS cut the fasman lead to just 3 points. With the stellar play of Fasman’s Ari Schuman and Coach Kalutsky’s scheme, the boys from Fasman YESHIVA held on to win the game with a final score of 48-45. Both teams fought hard and this was clearly the most exciting game of Cooper 2019 thus far. Fasman will continue their Cinderella run in TEIR I, while Scheck will seriously compete for the TEIR II championship.

High Scorer for Fasman YESHIVA was Ari Schuman with 17 points and for Scheck LIONS it was Elan Roffe with 13.

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