Last Wednesday’s game at the Hive featuring Ohr Yisroel and SAR was a defensive battle where the Sting prevailed by a final of 45-35. It was a tight game early on, but in the beginning of the second half, SAR began to pull away, accumulating a lead they would not relinquish.
Here’s how it went down:
The game started off slowly, with neither team hitting their shots, but the Sting were able to take the lead on a multitude of early free-throws, and were up 8-7 heading into the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd, both teams found their stroke, trading hoops through the whole period. Despite these baskets, both defenses were doing a great job with limiting quality 3-point attempts, as the perimeter was tightly guarded all night. After the dust settled, SAR was leading Ohr 17-14 heading into the locker room.
Out of halftime, the home team came out more energetic and started to take over the game, pulling away in the 3rd. Sam Weiss got scorching hot, knocking down back to back threes, as well as displaying some sparkling moves. The Sting went on a gigantic run, showing brilliant defense, as they outscored Ohr 17-2 in the 3rd. Heading to the 4th, Ohr wasn’t dejected from their disappointing 3rd Quarter, showing signs of life. They were able to cut the lead to 10 at one point, led by Reuven Rozehzadeh’s great quarter. With just over 3 minutes to go, Ohr began to foul SAR repeatedly in an attempt to extend the game. Unfortunately for them, SAR was able to make their free throws, and seal this game up, winning by a final of 45-35.
Sam Weiss led the way for the Sting with 13 points and 4 rebounds, while Yishama Orlow put up 12 and 3, respectively. Jonathan Itzhaki had a team-high 9 boards. While Reuven Rozehzadeh only scored 11 points, he was a menace on the glass, pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds.
STARk Player of the Game: Sam Weiss (SAR)
Stats credit: Gabriella Gottlieb & Sophia Leibowitz