The Yeshiva Maccabees finished the regular season on a high note with an 84-58 win over the St. Joseph’s - Brooklyn Bears. The Macs honored their seniors tonight and gave more minutes to seniors throughout the game. The Bears hung around early taking a 9-7 lead before the Macs hit their stride and jumped out to a commanding lead. The Macs did not play their starters as much as usual with Turell, Leifer, and Halpert only playing during the first half.
How it Happened:
Jordan Armstrong’s layup gave the Macs a 2-0 lead to start the game.
Aryeh Halpert connected on a three pointer to tie the game at five with under 19 minutes to play in the half.
Chris Mikos converted the layup to give the Bears a 7-5 lead.
Matan Zucker’s layup capped off a 12-0 Macs run to give them a 19-7 lead with 11:37 in the half.
Back-to-Back threes from Ryan Turell and Eitan Halpert gave the Macs a 27-11 lead.
Oren Betesh’s three gave the Macs a 40-20 lead with under five minutes in the first half.
Chris Mikos knocked down the jumper to cut the Macs lead to 15 with three minutes in the half.
Adi Markovich made his first of two three-pointers to give the Macs a 47-29 halftime lead.
Chris Mikos finished the layup to cut the deficit to 52-37 with 18 minutes in the game.
Jordan Armstrong’s layup capped off a 13-0 run for the Macs and gave them a 65-37 lead.
Max Leibowitz made his fourth three-pointer of the night to give the Macs a 79-48 lead with seven minutes to play.
Alon Jakubowitz’s hook shot gave the Macs a 84-58 lead with one minute left in the game.
Three Point Shooting:
After a few games where the Macs struggled from the three, it seems they are beginning to hit their stride from behind the arc. The Macs shot 17 of 38 from three tonight which allowed them to jump out to a big lead early and maintain that lead throughout the game. The main contributors from behind the arc tonight were Oren Betesh and Max Leibowitz who made a combined nine threes in the win.
The Macs pride themselves on their ability to share the basketball and create great looks for their teammates. Tonight was no different as the Macs assisted 26 of their 30 made baskets in this game. This was great to see heading into the playoffs where the Macs will need to replicate this play in order to make a deep run in the Skyline Conference tournament.
For St. Joseph’s - Brooklyn (3-22, 3-13):
Chris Mikos put on a show finishing with 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Evan Sirakis had 7 points in the loss.
Jalen Gist and Chris Williams each had 6 points.
For Yeshiva (21-3,14-2):
Max Leibowitz had a career-high 16 points including four three-pointers.
Oren Betesh led the Macs in scoring as he finished with a career high 17 points.
Ryan Turell had 11 points in just 9 minutes of action.
The Macs host Purchase College on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Skyline playoffs. Tip off is scheduled for 8pm.