In a battle of undefeated teams, Tzionim held off Ellkay in a thrilling overtime finish, while Garden Rigs went beyond regulation to keep their record unblemished, in the Red and Doctor Murray’s Israel Basketball League.
The Tzionim jumped out to a 13-1 lead, but Ellkay fought back, led by Yehoshua Zirman and Justin Hod, and at halftime the score was tied at 28 apiece.
The second half was nearly a mirror image of the first, with Ellkay pouring on the points, and with 10 minutes to play Ellkay had a 13-point lead of their own. The Tzionim clawed their way back into the game behind the shooting of Yehuda Shuk (20 points), finally tying the score in the waning seconds and sending it to overtime. The extra frame saw Tzionim move ahead, this time just barely holding their lead, for a 51-49 final.
In another overtime nail-biter, the Garden Rigs also defended their undefeated record, grabbing a 34-31 OT win over Ubuntu.
Meanwhile, CCJ came out firing, nearly unseating Beitar Yerushalayim from their undefeated perch, but Mitch Blitman’s dominance on the boards was too much to overcome, with Beitar pulling away down the stretch, finishing at 58-42 to keep a share of the lead in the standings. And Ashreinu displayed a huge team effort, with every player on the squad scoring en route to a 73-48 defeat of Feathers of Osedox.
In other scores, Beanbags defeated Vince’s Peanuts, 52-29, A.D.I. notched a 35-25 win over T. Liff Deli 5, and Jerry’s Kids returned from their bye week to beat Shaalvim 54-40.