Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the 23rd Sarachek Tournament (2014) and a special acknowledgement to the unsung hero of the tournament, John Bandler for his yearlong monitoring of the national yeshiva high school basketball world enabling him to provide tournament seedings.
Highlights of this year’s tournament included:
– The Shabbat program featuring Irv Bader, one of YU’s all time basketball greats, providing insight into the early years of YU basketball.
– The “upsets”:
- #7 ranked Frisch upset #2 ranked NorthShore and #3 ranked HAFTR launching their run to the Championship game.
– Individual moments:
- Ezra Teichman (MTA) made two last second foul shots to clinch their victory over Ida Crown and secure a spot in Tier I.
- Yoni Klausner (Maimonides) made a last second shot to clinch their victory over Hillel Miami, securing 3rd place in the Tier II Tournament.
- Yoni Gelb (Maimonides) made a last second shot to clinch their victory over Yeshiva Atlanta.
- Rami Pinchot (Ida Crown) made two last second foul shots to clinch the Tier II championship with their victory over Fuchs Mizrachi .
– 3-point Shootout Champ – Eli Well, Ida Crown; Runner- up – Ben Kaplan, Kohelet
– Tournament MVP –Jojo Himmelman, YULA
– The closely contested Championship games
Tier I – Championship – YULA
2nd Place Kohelet
2nd Place – Frisch
3rd Place – TABC
4th place – HAFTR
Tier II – Championship – Ida Crown
2nd place – Fuchs Mizrachi
MVP Kevin Bokor, Ida Crown
Tier III Championship – Yeshiva Atlanta
2nd Place Kohelet
MVP Myles Ratner, Yeshiva Atlanta
Tier IV – Championship – Cooper Memphis
2nd Place – Kansas HBHA
MVP – Bryan Itkowitz, Cooper Memphis
Anshel Axelbaum, Block St. Louis Gabe Berger, New Community Jewish
Alex Froimzon, Hillel Miami Gabe Goldstein, Cooper Memphis
Joel Gutowitz, HBHA Kansas Tyler Hod, Frisch
Adam Karnett, Yavneh Dallas Elazar Kolom, Ida Crown
Daniel Lasko, Weinbaum Boca David Levieddin, Berman HA
Marcus Loebenstein, SCY Avery Lubin, North Shore HA
Rami Pinchot, Ida Crown Dan Poleyeff, TABC
Alec Schonfeld, HAFTR Aaron Simmens, Kohelet
David Spero, Fuchs Mizrachi Ezra Teichman, MTA
Benny Tuchman, Frisch Josh Weissman, Yeshiva Atlanta
Eli Winton, Maimonides
2nd TEAM ALL TOURNAMENT
Ari Bar-Shain, Fuchs Mizrachi Edan Evenhaim, New Community Jewish
Yoni Klausner, Maimonides Eli Lipner, MTA
Josh Stern, Berman HA
1st TEAM ALL TOURNAMENT
Justin Hod, Frisch Menachem Solomon, YULA
Daniel Tzion, YULA Michael Zborowski, NorthShore HA
Yehoshua Zirman, TABC
Top Scoring Games Top Scoring Averages (ppg)
35, Yoni Klausner, Maimonides vs. Hillel Miami Bryan Itkowitz, Cooper Memphis, 21.7
27, Yehoshua Zirman, TABC vs. Hillel Miami Yoni Klausner, Maimonides, 20.8
26, Eli Lipner, MTA vs. Ida Crown Aaron Simmens, Kohelet, 18.5
26, Yoni Klausner, Maimonides vs. Frisch Michael Zborowski, NorthShore, 17.3
25, Michael Zborowski, NS vs. Yavneh Dallas Josh Stern, Berman HA, 16.8 ppg
25, Bryan Itkowitz, Cooper Memphis vs. HBHA Kansas