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Osdoba Stars In Big Third Quarter To Leads Macs To Tier II Finals
MacsLive Reporting Services (New York, New York)
Behind strong play from Eli Osdoba and Asher Silberman, the #10 Cooper Macs used a huge third quarter to defeat the #11 Weinbaum Storm 52-42 in the Tier II Semifinals on Big Sunday. Osdoba and Silberman led the Macs with 17 and 16 points respectively, overcoming a spectacular effort from Weinbaum point guard Eram Zaghi
Cooper started strong, using 4 early points from Justin Wruble to take an 8-5 lead in a slow first quarter of action. The second quarter was equally slow as neither team shot the ball well. But Weinbaum took the momentum away from the Macs thanks to a tremendous effort from Zaghi on both sides of the court, and the Storm went into the locker room with a 15-13 lead at half.
At the break, Cooper Coach Richard Lewis made some adjustments, and got a big contribution from Osdoba, who caught fire in the third, driving to the basket and hitting a few jumpers. With 11 points in the quarter, and 4 from Asher Silberman, the Macs took control of the game by taking away Eli Mamann inside and outscoring the Storm 23-9.
The 4thquarter featured Zaghi's efforts to bring back his team. Zaghi did everything he could, from hitting jumpers to playing tight defense on Osdoba. Elliot Danis also scored a few buckets, but the Storm couldn’t contain Silberman late.
The Cooper Macs will move on to face JEC in the Tier II Championship, while Weinbaum Storm will play TABC in the third-place game. MacsLive.com will have all of the coverage for Championship Monday, right here at www.macslive.com.