Valley Torah (1-1 Sarachek) very nearly pulled off an enormous upset, taking Hyman Brand (2-0 Sarachek) into overtime before the Rams were finally able to secure a win.
MTA built a comfortable lead over Hebrew Academy of Miami – too comfortable, perhaps – before having to hang on for a 61-54 win at the Max Stern Athletic Center.
TABC will make an unlikely appearance at the Tier-I semifinal on Sunday vs. Hyman Brand, after they knocked off second-seeded Ramaz, 50-49, in double-overtime.
YULA made routine work of a much improved Rambam (Baltimore), winning 57-44 to advance to the Tier-I semifinals.
Top ranked Ida Crown (1-1 Sarachek) knocked off eighth seeded Beren (0-2 Sarachek) 54-29 in the second game at Torah Academy of Bergen County.
Toronto Ohr Chaim was re-seeded to the #6 seed in the second tier, and promptly showed that they weren’t bumped up enough. Toronto upset #3 Hillel (Miami) 43-23 in the 8 AM game at the Max Stern Athletic Center.
Quite the prime-time attraction, Shuki Merlis stuffed a thunderous slam-dunk – but it didn’t help Yeshiva Atlanta beat the underdog TABC Storm.
The first prime time game of the night lived up to it’s billing, as Hebrew Academy of Atlanta edged past Ida Crown (Chicago) 62-53. Only four players scored for Hebrew Academy, which was playing with a very short bench and barely a six-man rotation.
Rambam (Baltimore) hung in early and hit their stride late, defeating the Hillel (Miami) Hurricanes 61-51.
Runs were the name of the game as #18 Akiva (Detroit) upset #15 Weinbaum Yeshiva High School (Boca Raton), 44-41.