Falcons Get A Glimpse of the Future

Falcons Get A Glimpse of the Future at Rubenstein/Emunah Tournament
Posted on 03/11/2019
Falcons Get A Glimpse of the Future at Rubenstein/Emunah Tournament

The Flatbush Boys Basketball coaching staff took advantage of a unique opportunity on Monday night (3/11), as the JV Boys Basketball team opened a week of play in the 2019 Emunah/Rubenstein JV Boys Basketball Tournament, mixing together the Falcon 9th and 8th Grade basketball players to represent Flatbush in the event. The team dropped the tournament opener to the SAR Sting, 51-36, at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY, but the group will play two more times in preliminary round contests before all the teams gather on “Playoff Sunday” at SAR and it will serve to give the coaches and the players ample time to see what the future holds for Flatbush Basketball.

 JV Team Huddle

The Tournament has been an annual fixture among the MYHSAL JV squads, but this is the first year it has been scheduled after the completion of the MYHSAL season (it used to be held early in the season, usually in late October or early November, and created some scheduling problems as these games often interfered with regular season contests). The Tournament exists to raise awareness about Bet Elezraki, the EMUNAH Children’s Home in Netanya, Israel, and serves as a fundraiser for the Rubenstein Campus of Bet Elazraki and its programs. According to the tournament website, “EMUNAH Bet Elazraki Children’s Home is home to 240 children ages infants to 18 years old. The children are placed there by the Ministry of Social Services, some by social workers who feel that Bet Elazraki offers the best chance of breaking the cycle of distress, and some are even brought in by the police. The children come from dysfunctional families and cannot be raised by their parents due to violence in the home, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, mental illness, abandonment and a combination of all of the above.” It was a project near and dear to Mrs. Debbie and Rabbi Jacob Rubenstein, z”l, in whose honor and memory the Tournament is named.

 Tournament Logo   Tournament Shirt

The tournament’s first games got underway across the NY Metropolitan region on Monday with three contests, including the one at YoF HS.

 Azar sets the offense

It was rough going in the opening quarter for the Flatbush JV’s . the Flacons had a number of quality chances to open the scoring, but it was SAR that got on the board first. The Sting had a 7-0 lead before Steven Chetrit finally got Flatbush on the board by hitting a pair of free throws with a little over 2 minutes to play on the opening quarter. Flatbush had a chance to get closer before the end of the quarter, but a miss left SAR the final shot, which ended up being a made 3 for a 10-2 lead after one.

 Defense Chetrit hits from the line

Flatbush did better to start the second quarter with 8th Grade call ups Danny Hanan and Abraham Tawil scoring for the Falcons. With 5:33 left in the half, Flatbush cut the deficit to 11-9. Irwin Azar got in on the action to keep it a 2-point game draining a three-ball with 3:30 to play in the half. After that, the Falcons had the ball with a chance to tie - twice, but came away empty. Meanwhile, the Sting ran off the final nine straight points of the half, and led at the break by a score of 25-14.

 Tawil scores

Flatbush got 4 point inside from Michael Flaster and a pair of threes from Azar and Chetrit in a hard-fought third quarter. The Falcons inched a bit closer, and at the end of three it was a 30-23 Sting lead.

 Flaster Scores

An Azar steal on defense followed by a swish from three made it a 35-28 game with 5:15 to play. But, SAR responded with another deep ball to match. Hanan converted inside to get the deficit down to 8, but again SAR had an immediate answer. Flatbush would not get closer as SAR extended the range - and the lead. With 2:30 to play, The lead was out to 19, and Head Coach Gus Kennedy gave his young 8th graders the opportunity to finish the game. The young Falcons kept attacking, with Joey Levy rattling home a 3-pointer in the waning moments. Final score, SAR 51, Flatbush 36.

 Azar for three Hanan hits inside
Joey Levy brings up the ball

Afterwards, the Flatbush coaches shared their take on the post-season tournament and their hope for the hybrid team for the remainder of the event.

Flatbush Varsity Head Coach Michael Gurock was clearly happy for this new opportunity. “What an amazing thing for our present freshman and our rising freshman. With a postseason format like this, it was a real test for our young players.”

Coach Kennedy hit on the goal for the staff over the next remaining games. “We are looking to prepare for next year. No other team is doing this. This tournament gives us a chance to get a look at what we can be next year. We expect big things from our rising sophomores. The next few games will let us see what we can be going forward .”

Assistant Coach Joey Dayon finished with a dose of reality for the boys. “This was a great opportunity, but we need to do more than just come to play, we need to come to compete.”

The young Falcons will look to do just that, to impress the coaches over the three remaining games in this first-ever Postseason Emunah/Rubenstein Tournament.

 Ben Falack inside

NEST NOTES: The JV Falcons will get right back at it tomorrow night when they host the JEC Thunder in their second preliminary round game of the Tournament. That game will be played at the YoF Elementary School Gym, with a tip off slated for 7:45 pm.

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