Memphis Yeshiva Invitational

11-6-2015 | de Toledo Jaguars Keep Akiva Pioneers searching for a victory, win 73-34

11-6-2015 | de Toledo Jaguars Keep Akiva Pioneers searching for a victory, win 73-34

By: Akiva Finkelstein

In the last Tier 2 matchup on Friday afternoon, the #1 De Toledo Jaguars faced off against the #8 Akiva Pioneers. The Jaguars took control early, pushing the ball and taking good shots. Akiva fed the ball to Josh Kornblum down low, and he got a few buckets early on. Sloppy plays and missed shots from Akiva, led to an 11 point lead by De Toledo to end the quarter being up 18-11.

In the 2nd quarter, De Toledo kept their lead, and forced Akiva to make bad plays. Michael Stavinksy continued playing well down low for De Toledo all half. Ezra Emanuel also added some key points and Evan Joffe contributed as well. De Toledo played great defense and hit threes, giving them a big lead. While Noam Klugerman caught fire and gave Akiva a boost, De Toledo’s exceptional defense led to the half ending 38-19,in favor of De Toledo. The leading scorer for De Toledo at the half was Stavinsky with 12 points, and for Akiva it was Noam Klugerman with 9 points.

In the 3rd quarter, Akiva continued to play poorly, and De Toledo took an even bigger lead. Kornblum & Klugerman each contributed for Akiva, and Emanuel and Stavinsky were key players for De Toledo. They continued to get steals, and score off of fast break layups. The quarter ended 54-28, with De Toledo in complete control.

In the 4th quarter, De Toledo continued to play good defense and make good plays. Akiva kept fighting, but trailed by about 20 throughout the quarter. They forced Akiva to make bad passes and turn over the ball. Everyone contributed for De Toledo, giving them the win, with a final score of 73-34. The high scorers were Michael Stavinsky with 22 points and the Pioneers were led by Josh Kornblum with 16 points. The Jaguars move into the Tier 2 semi-finals on Saturday night, while the Pioneers slide into the Tier 2 consolation bracket.

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