Basketball

FM Home Loans League: All American Poly Wins in Overtime

B-Woods, Yeshiva League Pass, Tommy’s Midrash Ballers improve to 2-0

A ball flies towards a hoop during a basketball game, San Francisco, California, USA, January 17, 2020
Ben Margot,AP

In the second week of FM Home Loans Israel Basketball League action, several teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack.

In the tightest game of the week, All American Poly topped Gold Seals 49-46 in overtime.

The thriller featured a multitude of Israel Basketball League veterans, and moxie was passed back and forth between the squads.

All American Poly got out to a 12-4 lead, but Chesky Lewin of Gold Seals hit a barrage of outside shots to give Gold Seals a similar lead.

All American Poly made a run of their own to make it a 25-24 half-time deficit.

On the final possession of regulation, Gold Seals had a chance to win it at the charity stripe with one second left, but missed both free throws.

In overtime, All American Poly’s veterans showed poise by emphasizing defense and rebounding to secure a three-point win.

B-Woods gains

At the top of the league, B-Woods improved to 2-0 after a second half romp by the boys from Los Angeles negated a strong first half effort from Shtark Sharks for a 63-36 win.

In the battle of the Meisels, Noam led B-Woods with 22 points while Shlomo of the Sharks had 15 of his own. The Sharks kept it close early, trailing just 19-16 at half. But B-Woods’ talent was too overwhelming en route to a 44-20 second half surge.

Tommy’s Midrash Ballers also went to 2-0 with a 52-44 win over Zalman’s Hot Dawgz.

In a game closer than the final score indicated, Tommy’s was paced by three double-digit scorers.

Marc Giahn provided steady point guard play for TMB, along with 12 points, as Adam Motovich and Yitzy Kapetas chipped in 14 points apiece. Shalom Dershowitz led Hot Dawgz in scoring for the second consecutive game.

Yeshiva League Pass also stayed perfect, beating Symphony Care Network 60-44. Ari Kafka was the early story for YLP, as he dominated inside en route to a 28-19 half-time lead, but the story of the game was the performance of the Heller twins, who nearly outscored Symphony Care Network by themselves.

Moshe Heller had 27 points, while brother Aharon had 12.

“Great ball movement led to easy shots,” Moshe said after the game. “We didn’t need to force any shots.”

In other games, Tzitzis Project topped Ashreinu Holy Bagels 54-45, Loketch Group got its first win by beating The Chaburah Cubs 24-21, Papa’s Fried Potatoes downed Kol Hanearim 57-42 and Lev Ligs edged KMK 41-37.