by Amiel Katz (’16)


MTA’s seniors celebrate their last game with their coaches and parents.

This past Monday, the Max Stern Athletic Center was packed when the MTA JV and Varsity Lions faced off against the Kushner Cobras at the highly anticipated “White Out.” All MTA fans in attendance were provided with a brand new, limited edition White Out t-shirt in recognition of the occasion. The evening started off with the JV game, where the Lions dominated the court, finishing the first quarter with a 19-5 lead. The second quarter started off in favor of the Cobras as they hit three straight shots without a single point from the Lions. However, the game turned back around after two consecutive three point shots by MTA, who led at the half by the score of 25-11. At halftime, Tzvi Sabo (’17) won the exciting opportunity to take a shot from the 3-point line; if he hit, he would take home $100, but unfortunately the shot fell just short. The rest of the game went south for the Cobras, as the Lions tightened their defense and caused 7 turnovers in the third quarter alone. Although the Cobras put up a good fight, they were no match for the Lions who won the game by a final score of 53-43.

Before beginning the Varsity game, a drawing was held to grant an opportunity to one individual to shoot a half court shot and if he were to hit it, he would win an incredible $10,000! The winner of the raffle was Ari Englander (’17), who despite missing his shot (he had the aim but not the distance), enjoyed the opportunity tremendously. At the start of the Varsity game, the Lions preceded in a similar fashion as their JV team, finishing the first half with a lead of 21-7. The second half surprisingly went in favor of the Cobras, as they pulled off the seemingly impossible, nearly tying the score. But just as in the JV game, the Lions dominated the rest of the game and finished with a 42-25 win. All in all, the games were a great start to the new calendar year and our success can be attributed at least in part to the huge fan base that attended both games.

For more pictures of the games, click here.
To watch the full Varsity game, broadcast by LionsLive, click here.
To watch the full LionsLive broadcast of the JV game, click here.


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