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.
Fourth-seeded YULA sat in the stands at the Max Stern Athletic Center and watched as #3 Hyman Brand ran away with their contest by defeating its opponent by 40 points – and then YULA took the court and proceeded to beat its opponent, #13 Beren (Houston), by 50 points. The final score was 72-22.
Alex Claster, Eric Antes, Yale Cook and Ryan Almaleh combined for 52 points as #3 Hyman Brand (Kansas) easily defeated #14 Fuchs Mizrachi Cleveland, 75-35.
Sixth-seeded Valley Torah Wolfpack withstood a first-half threat but managed to stay composed and defeat #11 Yavneh (Dallas) by the score of 44-31.