Inter Aliyah Blanks Hapoel Ramat Yisrael

In basketball, Yeshiva League Pass, B-Woods win close calls as parity prevails

Inter Aliyah A, which beat Hapoel Ramat Yisrael last weekend.
Sam Sank

Inter’s hot streak continued last week with yet another historic win, defeating the league’s third-placed team Hapoel Ramat Yisrael 1-0 with an injury-time goal.

The visitors, who had led the league for much of the season, were beaten for the second time by Israel’s first all-olim side. Ramat Yisrael dominated possession in the first half but couldn’t find a way past Inter’s sturdy defense.

In the second half, Ramat Yisrael’s best chance came five minutes from the end but Inter captain Sam Sank, in his 100th game for the club, headed a goalward bound chance off the line.

As the game entered stoppage time, Faris Abdulrasul intelligently took a quick throw on the right to release Oded Puzis, who delivered a cross into Yuval Levi, who in turn placed the ball home.

The win puts Inter two points behind Ramat Yisrael, in third place. 

Inter Aliyah’s B squad also enjoyed success, beating Moldova 4-1 in the International Football League of Israel.

The team began strong, going up 3-0 within 20 minutes. After 5 minutes, a good header by Yusuke Miyake found Rafael Landes, who put in the perfect cross for Tal Zrayato’s header home.

Five minutes later, a good through ball from Max Rosenthal found Ran Sarusi, who beat his man and slotted the ball into the corner.

After 15 minutes, a free kick by Daniel Pelaez deflected into the path of Nic von Caprivi, who smashed the ball into the net with a superb finish.

Just before halftime, a great corner from Amir Mizrachi saw Nic VC lose his man to get his second goal and establish an unassailable lead.

Out of 20 clubs in the FM Home Loans Israel Basketball League, 13 have exactly one win

B-Woods and Yeshiva League Pass each emerged 4-0 from nail-biters in last weekend’s round of the FM Home Loans Israel Basketball League.

All American Poly gave B-Woods, which had won their first three games by an average of 25 points, their stiffest test of the season but ultimately came up short, as B-Woods prevailed 42-39 in overtime. B-Woods held an 11-point lead deep into the second half. But led by phenomenal play from Dovid Marmurstein (20 points), AAP closed regulation on a 14-3 run to force overtime. B-Woods regrouped behind clutch play from Noam Meisels (16 points) to remain undefeated. All American Poly dropped to 1-2.

Yeshiva League Pass scraped by KHK/SZG Investments 50-49, as missed free throws down the stretch will haunt the losers. Moshe Heller led Yeshiva League Pass with yet another dazzling performance, scoring a weekend-high 27 points. KHK/SZG Investments, who were led by Yoel Schreier’s 18 points, fell to 1-1.

In other league action, Shtark Sharks topped Ashreinu Holy Bagels 47-43, despite a 24-point effort by Ashreinu’s Max Mayerhoff; Kol Hanearim beat Lev Ligs 40-37 in a tight affair in which no team ever led by more than six points; Gold Seals beat Loketch Group 45-34 as Jack Abramowitz, Moshie Khan and Yoni Bobker each scored double digits; The Chaburah trounced Nesiv Hatorah 26-11 in a highly defensive affair; Lobos nearly blew a 15-point lead but still managed to outgun Papa’s Fried Potatoes 58-55; Project Tzitzis went to 2-0 after defeating KMK 44-38; and Zalman’s Hot Dawgz got their first win of the season with a 49-27 victory over Team Piaseczna.