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MTA Finishes Third, Shalhevet Fourth, As Both Teams Outperform Seedings
A big three-pointer with four minutes left by Lions guard Shai Kaminetzky capped off an impressive second half performance by the MTA Lions to clinch third place in Tier I.
The Lions won 48-32 in a matchup where the Shalhevet Firehawks looked tired and overwhelmed all game.
In the third quarter, MTA used their superior size to get multiple interior layups from big man Zev Senter and build a double digit lead that the Firehawks would not come close to closing. Shalhevet just could not get any stops from MTA’s interior penetration and their offense was not hitting open shots and layups.
Zev Senter finished with a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds and teammate Shai Kaminetzky had 9 points in the game. The Firehawks were led by point guard Joseph JoJo Fallas with 12 points. No other Firehawk was in double digits, indicating how anemic the Firehawks’ offense was.
The second quarter featured more equal back and forth play. Simcha Halpert paced the Firehawks with two three point shots and Zev Senter had eight points in the first half. Neither team had the upper hand in the first half which ended 20-17 in MTA’s favor.
Fallas wasted no time in starting the game with his own 5-0 run but MTA got back to basics with the inside out game of feeding Senter and the MTA shooters to answer with an 11-0 run of their own. Shalhevet did not panic and hit a three and layup to make it an 11-10 first quarter.
The number five seed MTA Lions finish in third place at Sarachek while the number six seed Shalhevet Firehawks finish fourth.