Real Hoops Return for the Falcons

Real Hoops Return for the Falcons
Posted on 05/11/2021
Real Hoops Return for the FalconsIt has been over 14 months since the Flatbush Boys & Girls Basketball teams' seasons were shut down due to the COVID pandemic, and in that time the most the Falcons could do was drill and train among themselves, only recently getting clearance to even be able to conduct intra-squad scrimmages. But early Tuesday evening (5/11), the two varsity teams boarded a bus for Paramus, New Jersey where they played their first real game of the season!
Balling Outdoors
The bus was almost an hour late - perhaps a by-product of bus companies just getting back into gear for interscholastic trips - but it did not damper the enthusiasm of the Flatbush ballplayers.
Outdoor courts at Frisch
The games were played on recently converted outdoor tennis courts on the campus of The Frisch School, with lines only having been put down before the weekend. After a brief warm-up, the officials tossed the balls on the side-by-side courts, and the games were underway!
Flatbush Girls Basketball in the huddle
The Falcon girls showed every bit of rust that more than a year away from competition can show, plus many of the girls had never played together before. As a result, they fell behind the host Cougars by nearly 20 points in the first half. But, the girls found their rhythm in the second half. Front court players Marcy Ashear, Sarah Cheney and Terri Elmann closed down the lane and pulled in big rebounds to deny second chance shots. And, the backcourt trio of Simone Amkraut, Alexa Greenstein and Esther Mizrachi began moving the ball with more crisp precision opening up passing lanes while also using speed to push the ball on the break. They closed the gap before eventually falling by a score of 35-27.
Flatbush Boys Basketball in the huddle
Flatbush’s varsity boys hit the ground running, and the Falcons and Cougars kept pace with each other for over three quarters of play. Offensively, the boys demonstrated a level of synchronicity as they deftly moved the ball in the half-court set and connected on the outlet to set up their fast break. The Senior trio of Yigal Laham, Morris Dweck and Nathan Shabot were in form, complimented by the Junior pair of Irwin Azar and Morris Chaaya. Most notably, the team fed off the energy of their two post players for whom it has been even longer than 14 months since they played ball – Teddy Hara and Sammy Levy. Their timing was in mid-season form as they recorded blocks and finished at the rim. The Falcons showed flashes of brilliance, but they also showed struggles at the free throw line, and this ultimately did them in. Frisch won by a score of 43-38, a difference that could have been overcome if the Falcons connected on half of the total of missed shots from the charity stripe.
Teddy Hara lowers the boom
The Falcons will definitely learn from the experience as their eyes are clearly focused on the upcoming Glauberman Tournament in California (May 23-May 27). Nevertheless, it was great to see Flatbush Basketball back in action!

(The Flatbush Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams are sponsored by The Oved Family)
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