On Thursday night, the Junior Varsity MTA Lions took on the HAFTR Hawks in the quarter-finals of the MYHSAL playoffs. MTA came in as a lower seed, but in what is considered a stronger conference than HAFTR, so there was a high confidence level for our Lions going in. HAFTR seemed to be playing with a stronger drive to win and was leading for most of the game, but Binyamin Buchbinder and point guard Marc Giahn carried MTA back into it. Binyamin had 12 points while Marc was stellar from the 3-point range. Josh Klein was tremendous defensively, guarding HAFTR’s number one threat, Jason Mishkin, and ending the game with 5 blocked shots. The main highlight of the game was the clutch 3-pointer by Binyamin to tie the game up at 32-32 with just 49 seconds remaining, only to be topped when he hit a game winning three with just a few seconds on the clock. Binyamin’s heroics will go down in the MTA record books if the JV Lions go on to win the championship.
Their next obstacle: SAR, in the semi-finals.

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