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Frisch Holds Off Houston In Tier I Consolation Game
MacsLive Reporting Services (New York, NY)
The 3rd-ranked Frisch Cougars withstood a late comeback by the #7 Houston Bnei Akiva Stars, holding on to clinch a 54-49 victory. The Stars’ second-half surge brought them back from a 21-point early deficit, cutting the lead to as little as 4 with 50 seconds remaining in the 4th, but ultimately came up just short. Clutch free-throw shooting by Frischsealed the victory for the Cougars.
Down by 13 at the half, Houston came out of the locker room seeking to chip away at the Frisch lead. Houston guard Isaac Buchine heated up in the 3rd, scoring 11 points on a pair of shots from downtown and completing a rare 4-point play. But the Cougars kept pace, losing only two points from their halftime lead in the quarter.
The 2nd quarter saw a sputtering Houston offense come to life, showing signs of vitality by finishing the first half on a 10-2 run. The Frisch offense had dominated Houston until that point to lead 23-2 thanks to the low-post play of Asher Fishman, who finished with 11 points and 13 boards after tallying 6 and 5 in the 1st quarter alone.
In addition to Fishman’s stellar performance, the Cougars were led by 15 points from Judah Cohen and 13 from Mike Bouaziz. Houston’s Isaac Buchine hit four 3-pointers en route to a 17-point day, and his big man Zach Yoshor added 14 and 9 rebounds in the loss.
The Frisch Cougars will play the North Shore Stars in the Tier I consolation game at 10:30 AM at Frisch. The winner takes fifth place in Tier I. Houston will play Yavneh in a Texas showdown at Frisch at 9 AM for seventh place.
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