Macslive Reporting Services (New York, NY)
The Yeshiva of Virginia (Richmond, VA) Raiders will make their first Sarachek appearance when they tip off against the Maimonides (Brookline, MA) M-Cats in a Tier-II qualifying round matchup at 1 pm on Thursday afternoon at the Max Stern Athletic Center.
The Raiders enter their first Sarachek tournament as the 16th seed and are hungry to make a name for their school with a big opening statement. This season, the Raiders made a splash in Virginia private school play by being the runners-up in an early January tournament and by winning the annual New Community tournament in February. The Raiders are led by Coach Doug Lewis, who has spent the past 10 years building Yeshiva of Virginia’s basketball program. They are not the biggest team on the court, so look for Coach Lewis to feature an up-tempo style and high-pressure defense against the M-Cats. Additionally, fans should expect Coach Lewis to heavily rely on the play of power forward Yoni Lewis and 3-point magician David Press. as they were the tournament MVP and the 3-point competition winner respectively in the New Community tournament.
Virginia will have to keep their guard up as they fight against the #17 Maimonides M-Cats. The M-Cats suffered major losses with the graduation of three core players from last year's team but are looking to bounce back under the guidance of Coach Joe Lamson. Maimonides has been a defensive powerhouse this season but has struggled with inconsistency on the offensive end. That said, Maimonides has shown grit this season and has proven that they are not a team to be taken lightly. They lost a close game to league champions Mystic Valley Charter and are hungry to make a statement at the Sarachek tournament this year. The M-Cats hope to utilize their strong defense prowess in order to cripple the Raider's attack while being efficient on offense. If they can do this then it will be a long day for Yeshiva of Virginia.
The game will be broadcast live in high definition by MacsLive, available at www.macslive.com. The winner will go to the Tier-II quarterfinals, with the loser moving to the Tier-IV semifinals on Saturday night.