Jason Allen scored on a short jumper with just under 10 seconds to go, breaking a 50-50 tie to defeat the Hebrew Academy Warriors at the Max Stern Athletic Center today.
Sunday’s action, commonly known as “Big Sunday” because of the nine games on the schedule, started slowly at first, as Hebrew Academy jumped out to an early lead and Rambam unable to find a way to stop Hebrew Academy’s full-court pressure.
A calmer Rambam emerged for the second half, led by the energetic play of junior Noam Heller. Heller, whose low point total doesn’t reflect his overall contributions to the game, played tough defense and provided some key offensive sparkplugs.
The game seemed to turn midway through the third quarter, as Hebrew Academy fell apart at the seams. With a comfortable lead shrinking, coach Larry Gordon was called on a technical foul for an illegal substitution. Soon after, Zach Gordon was whistled for a technical.
The extra free throws certainly helped the Red Storm’s cause, and they eventually tied the game at 33 with a timely 3-pointer from Avi Goldberg. Rambam led by as many as 6 during the 4th quarter, but saw Hebrew Academy, led by the strong passing of Tzvi Haber and the clutch layups from Josh Gordon, cut the lead to three with under a minute to go.
With 30 second remaining, Josh Gordon drained a 3–pointer to tie the game. Rambam took the ball downcourt and quickly got it to Allen, their junior forward, who drove toward the lane trying to draw a foul. Instead, he found himself nearly open for the game-winning shot. Hebrew Academy had a chance to tie, but Ariel Grobman missed a running jumper at the buzzer, giving Rambam the spot in the 5th place game tomorrow at TABC.
Hebrew Academy will play against Valley Torah in the 7th place game, also tomorrow at TABC.
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