On Sunday, the Frisch Cougars and North Shore Hebrew Academy faced off in a 2023 MYHSAL Championship rematch. It was a defensive showdown, and Frisch pulled out a 41-38 victory.
As the defending champions, NSHA had high expectations coming into this game. Due to a poor pre-season showing, they entered the game ranked 6th in the Yeshiva League Pass Power Rankings. With Ben Abizadeh coming back from an ankle injury, NSHA was expecting a big performance. However, Jonah Carmili was unable to play due to injury.
In the end, the plurality of NSHA’s points came from Jordan Zarka, who finished with 14 points on the day and bullied his way inside multiple times. Frisch, on the other hand, was letting it fly from three. NSHA controlled the boards, as they typically do, whereas Frisch relied on the 3 balls to fall. One main contributor to Frsich’s victory was Eitan Slassky, who finished with 14 points on four 3-pointers. The game was close until the Cougars Roni Heumann hit two late threes, which brought the Cougars up by 8. NSHA tried to get something going in the final minutes, but without the ability to hit three-pointers, they ended up falling short. This was an amazing showing for Frisch to start the season, beating the former champions, and hopefully this will be the start of a promising season to come.