Memphis Yeshiva Invitational

Magen David Warriors out-muscle NSHA STARS 43-31!

Feeling high after a first round win, North Shore came in to their first Tier I matchup looking to unseat the number 1 seed, the Magen David Yeshiva Warriors. In the beginning of the 1st quarter, the game looked like it could go either way, with amazing overall play on both sides and tight defensive moves that kept the score low. The Warriors maintained a slim lead over The Stars, 5-3, halfway through the first  quarter. After a scary up close and personal aggressive jump ball, North Shore tied up the game 6-6, and from there both teams stalemated until 10 seconds left in the quarter, when Magen David took the lead again with a nice layup by Nsiri. The 1st quarter ended with MDY up 8-6, in a tense game. 

In the second quarter tight defense took hold on both sides. With no one’s shots landing, it didn’t look like the game would make any progress, but with 5 minutes left in the quarter, Magen David pulled ahead 13-8. The Stars battled back, and brought the game to within 3 points, 16-13. It looked like the #1 seeded Warriors would head into the half up by 3, but then Levian hit an amazing 3 point buzzer beater to tie the game up 16-16, and North Shore clearly demonstrating they belonged in the top tier.

The 3rd quarter picked up right where the teams left off, with high intensity back and forths. The Warriors would take a small lead, and North Shore would catch right back up. Non-stop pressure was applied by both sides racking up points. The game was tied with minutes left in the 3rd quarter.  Then the Warriors really started putting on offensive and defensive pressure pulling ahead by 6, 28-22. With both teams and their coaches fired up, everyone was on edge as Magen David started adding on to their lead, demonstrating why they earned the number 1 spot and ended the quarter up by seven, 31-24 and shutting down North Shore offensively.

North Shore would not go quietly in the 4th quarter as they tried to battle back. But Magen David would not let up for a second, playing tenacious defense and shutting down North Shore’s plays. North Shore called a time out to try and refocus, but to no avail, as the Warriors already had the lead 41-29 and the winning spirit. With 30 seconds on the clock, and Magen David leading 43-31, the curtain fell on the last quarter of an intensely fought game. The Warriors showed why they were picked as the first seed with a final score of 43-31.

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