The Israel Basketball League - sponsored by Red and Dr. Murray’s - tipped off this week, with a dozen teams looking to bring home the coveted Red Auerbach Championship Trophy.
On opening night, the veterans of Lobos took on newcomers Sam’s Bagels/Apek.
Lobos, whose quest for back-to-back titles was foiled in a thrilling championship game last season, began their campaign with a 42-25 victory. In a notably balanced attack, Nissi Merenstein, Yitz Spitz, Gav Valensky, and Meshulem Novacellar, tallied 10, 9, 8, and 7 points, respectively. Michael Shemsayov and Rabbi Yaacov Weisman led Sam’s Bagels with 8 apiece.
In other opening week action, the Tzionim’s Elisha Adelman and Chaim Friedman produced 16 points apiece, palindromically prevailing over Hirsch, 52-25.
Meanwhile, Frosted Flakes defeated the Mevaseret Mavericks 65-34, in a game that made league observers stand up and take notice.
The Los Angeles based squad, whose iteration last season came within one shot of the finals, became an instant insider favorite, showcasing their athleticism throughout the encounter. Aryeh Eastman and N. M. Koolyk were the stars of the engagement.