Israel Basketball: B-Woods and Yeshiva League Pass to Meet in Championship

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A basketball hoop at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, March 12, 2020.
A basketball hoop at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, March 12, 2020.Credit: AFP

After the top four seeded teams advanced to the semifinals, Yeshiva League Pass pulled off an upset of the top seed last weekend, while B-Woods put on a clinic to set up a rematch.

In the first semifinal, Yeshiva League Pass upset KHK/SZG Investments 65-53. Coming into the night, KHK had lost just one game all season, and by two measly points. It just so happens that their season came to an end at the hands of the same team that beat them the first time, Yeshiva League Pass.

KHK came out with a defensive strategy intended to limit Moshe Heller, who torched them the first time. They went with a box-and-one defense, sticking Binyamin Kaminetzky on Heller. It worked to an extent, as Heller had nine points (to go with eights assists). But YLP got contributions from everyone else, none more that Moshe’s twin brother, Aharon.

Aharon finished with 26 points and made the timely shots that propelled YLP into a comfortable lead. Free throws were a big difference maker, as the winning team knocked down the vast majority of theirs while KHK struggled mightily from the charity stripe. Yisrael Feld led KHK with 20 points in the loss, as their fantastic season comes to an end.

In the second playoff game, B-Woods doubled up on Tommy’s Midrash Ballers 63-31. Tommy’s actually scored the first four points of the game, and it looked like B-Woods would be in for a fight. Instead, it ended up looking more like a clinic for the LA team.

Behind the brilliant play of guard Zack Muller (22 points) and the phenomenal shooting of Noam Meisels (18), B-Woods doubled up the Ballers and denied them a second straight trip to the title game. The usual stars for Tommy’s could not get going, and credit for that should be given to Muller and the rest of B-Woods.

With that, the stage is set for the Tier 1 championship game on Saturday night. Back in Week 6 of the regular season, Yeshiva League Pass and B-Woods were each 5-0 when they met each other for the first time. B-Woods built a 12-point halftime lead that extended to 17, but YLP made a ferocious comeback and ended up losing by two points.

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