The first quarter was a defensive battle. Both teams forced each other into long possessions and lots of turnovers. The score at the end of the quarter was 9-8 DRS.
A personal 10-0 run by Aryeh Ivry gave DRS a 19-10 lead to start the second quarter. But SAR was patient on offense and went on their own 10-0 run to take the lead going into halftime 20-19.
After two minutes of back and forth defensive stops, an and-1 three by Itai Berkowitz broke it open for SAR to take a commanding 34-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
SAR started the quarter keeping their lead strong. With four minutes left and down 10, DRS turned up the heat and started pressing. SAR couldn’t handle the press and after a couple turnovers, Aryeh Ivry hit a three to make it a one possession game. The game kept going back and forth, but with 30 seconds left Isaac Solomon went for a rebound and got fouled. He hit both free throws to give DRS the lead. SAR had three looks to take the lead, but all fell short. DRS won this nail biter 45-44.
With the win, DRS will face the winner of Valley Torah vs. TABC on Monday at 2 PM at the Max Stern Athletic Center, while SAR will go to the Tier I consolation bracket and face the loser of Valley Torah vs. TABC on Monday at 11:30AM at the RYNJ gym.