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Gameday Preview: (12) Mekor Chaim vs (5) SAR

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

On Thursday, March 23rd, the SAR Sting will play against the Mekor Chaim Cyclones for a spot in Tier I.

(Credit: MacsLive/Leehy Hyman)

The Sting enter the tournament as the number five seed while the Cyclones are the 12th seed. SAR went 12-2 this season, which was tied for the second best record in the Yeshiva League. Unfortunately, they fell short in the playoffs, losing by just two points to eventual champions in North Shore. This SAR team is led by senior Akiva Schanzer. Schanzer is an extremely talented scorer and one of the top talents in the entire tournament. He can shoot, but his main talent is his ability to use his strength and get to the basket. This is his last opportunity to try and lead his team to a Sarachek title. He will be supported by fellow senior, Benny Neuwirth, who is known for his contributions in the hustle plays and doing the small things necessary to win games.

Mekor Chaim is the team to look to if you are looking for an upset. This team is elite defensively and puts the pressure on opposing offenses. Jon Rosen is the team’s best scorer and he is a lights out shooter from deep. Dani Carter can really get after it on both ends of the floor and is more than capable of controlling a game on either end. This team has great depth as well, which will allow them to compete with anyone. Mekor Chaim will look to pull off the upset and make it to Tier I. The winner of this game will advance to the Tier I quarterfinals, while the loser will play in the Tier II qualifier on Friday.

This game is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. You can watch the MacsLive broadcast here.

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