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Great Start Ends Up In Flames

Great Start Ends Up In Flames
Posted on 02/27/2019
Great Start Ends Up In Flames

A rabid crowd of Flatbush Falcons supporters arrived early and filled the Falcons Nest on Wednesday night (2/27) in anticipation of big time MYHSAL playoff action, and the host Varsity Boys Basketball team was flying high on that energy, but a late game really from the Heschel Heat turned it all sour for Flatbush as the Heat came back to upset the favored Falcons by a score of 50-42 to advance to the semifinals at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.

 Pre Game

The home Falcons fed off the raucous support of the home crowd – in excess of 300 people - early. The defense was primed to cool the Heat and Flatbush fed their meat and potatoes man, Jack Rosow, who spurred the second-seeded Falcons to an early 11-2 first quarter lead. It looked like the Falcons might be able to run and hide and salt away this contest quickly.

 Rosow Skies for 2

Heschel was not going to lay down so easily, though. They soon found some offensive rhythm and closed to 15-9. Reserve guard Kal Abed responded, and with scores in back-to-back possessions, he pushed the Flatbush lead back to ten midway through the second quarter. The teams exchanged mini-runs from there. Heschel ran off five points; Flatbush answered with 7; Heschel countered with four more. By the time the game reached its midpoint, it was a typical Yeshiva League battle, with host Flatbush holding a 24-20 halftime lead.

 Abed scores

There second half saw the Flatbush offense struggle to get on track, and with almost half the period gone, the Falcons had mustered one lone basket. Meanwhile, the Heat closed the gap to a mere two points. Rosow got Flatbush back on track with a pair of free throws to make it 28-24. But the Falcons continued to struggle getting only two more points the rest of the quarter. The defense was good, but Heschel got off a three with a minute left to take their first lead of the game, and that was where things stood at the end of the third quarter, with the Heat in front, 31-30.

 Abed pushes the offense

The scoring drought continued for the Falcons at the start of the fourth quarter, and with a minute and a half gone and the Falcons now trailing by five, Head Coach Michael Gurock called for a time out. It did not pay immediate dividends as the home team came up empty out of the break. Flatbush finally got on the board, but Heschel kept scoring as well, and with under five minutes to play, the Heat lead was at 8, 40-32. A minute later it was no better as the deficit had grown to 10 points. Flatbush finally regained some of the scoring punch, but they pretty much were trading points. The clock ran out on the game and on the Falcon playoff dreams. Final score, Heschel 50: Flatbush 42.

Afterwards, an emotional Coach Gurock had nothing but positive things to share regarding the support the community showed for the program and the boys who have put so much heart and soul into the game they love. “On Behalf of the Boys Varsity Basketball team, we want to extend a huge thank you/hakarat hatov to all of our friends, family, fans, and alumni for coming out to support the team and, by extension, the school. While the result on the court was not at all what we hoped for, what occurred just outside the lines of the court was all we could have asked and hoped for. Everyone cheered with so much energy and enthusiasm; it really did give the team a big lift. We all carried ourselves and represented our school the right way - with dignity, class, and sportsmanship.”

NEST NOTES: The Varsity Falcons wish to pass along a very special thanks to Mr. David Dweck, Assistant to the Athletic Director, for coordinating the amazing fan experience.

 Fan Experience

The loss knocks the Varsity Falcons out of the MYHSAL Tournament. However, the season is not over as the boys have one more opportunity to finish the season on a positive note. The team will represent Flatbsuh in the annual end-of-season tournament hosted by The Ramaz School – the Sam Gyenes Memorial Basketball Tournament. Flatbush opens the event on Thursday, March 14, when they will take on YDE at the Ramaz School Gym in Manhattan. The event will conclude on Sunday, March 17, with the 3rd Place and Championship games, also to be played at Ramaz.

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