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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Falcon's Nest Notes: At Home Away from Home

Joey Dayon prepares for an earlier road game
The Sephardic Community Center on Ocean Parkway and Avenue S is about 10 blocks West of Yeshivah of Flatbush, but for many of our student-athletes, the basketball courts at The Center are like a second home. It is probable that some of our players have logged more hours on the main court of the Sephardic Center than on our own High School gym floor.  It also explains why there is a real comfort level for the Falcons when playing “road” games at the Sephardic Center, a place where the Flatbush faithful were well represented in the stands.  And, it showed in the results, where the Boys from Flatbush rode and early lead and held off a game YDE squad 61-52 Tuesday night.

Michael Shalom amps up
the intensity on defense
Behind a balanced scoring attack, Flatbush again took advantage of its greatest asset, an energetic and very deep bench. Again, the Falcons got quality play from both Mayer Kamkhatchi and Shawn Blinder, who with support from Murray Mizrahi and Victor Silverman controlled the area under the basket on both ends of the floor.  The backcourt trio of Joey Dayon, Nathan Haddad and Michael Haddad set the scoring pace (they tallied 13, 10 and 8 points respectively), and were backed up with quality play from Sam Silverman and Bobby Soffer running a very steady point. But, the key performance of the night may have been turned in by reserve Co-Captain Michael Shalom. In the second half, with reserve guard Aaron Harari already unavailable due to an injury suffered at the end of the previous practice, Sam Silverman went down with an injury of his own. It was then that Coach Borenstein called on Shalom who came off the bench and virtually shut down young Beyda of YDE, their star player and clearly one of the top performers in the MYHSAL this season, and the best chance YDE had for mounting an upset of the favored Falcons. Shalom rose to the occasion, and the rest of the Falcon hoopsters fed off his energy, closing out their opponents down the stretch for the hard-fought 9-point win.

The Boy’s Basketball program now places its focus on the JV squad, as the 18th annual installment of the Hausdorff Tournament gets underway Thursday, 12/5 with two games on the evening in conjunction with the Yachad Chesed program. The tournament will conclude on Sunday, 12/8.  The Varsity Boys return to the court on Sunday, 12/15 for the first of four key road tests in 9 days, when they travel to Long Island to take on HAFTR (followed by games at North Shore, SAR and HANC).