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Thunder Storm On NJ Turnpike: JEC Thunder Rolling To Tier II Championship Game
Published on: March 26th, 2012
MacsLive Reporting Services (New York, NY)
The JEC Thunder took down the TABC Storm 54-40 in the Tier II semifinal on Big Sunday in the 21st Annual Sarachek Red Tournament.
Though TABC made some nice runs in the fourth quarter, it was not enough to overcome the double digit lead that JEC enjoyed at the time. TABC continued to close the gap in the fourth quarter with impressive defensive pressure, yet Thunder’s forward Shaje Weiss was a force not to be reckoned with when he went into “take over” mode and finished the game in a one man battle.
It was a back-and-forth game in the third quarter until Weiss singlehandedly reclaimed the lead, and gave his team a 36-29 lead over the Storm at the buzzer as the JEC crowd gave him a huge ovation.
TABC’s big men had dominated the second quarter, which was the key factor in their defeating both the Columbus Lions and Hillel Hurricanes, as 6”4 Gavriel Bram proved too big for the JEC small lineup. The Storm’s Rami Polinksy hit back to back three pointers and big man Zachary Perl provided a spark off the bench with 6 points.
In the first quarter, the matchup started with both teams lacking inside plays and fluid offense, while attempting numerous three-pointers that didn’t amount to much.
The JEC Thunder will advance to the Tier II Championship against the Cooper Maccabees on championship Monday at 12:30 PM. That game and all other Sarachek championship games will be broadcast live in high-definition at www.macslive.com.
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