From left to right: AJ Mitnick, Daniel Roche, Ron Segev, Nyv Segev, Max Abraham, Yakir Naftali, Barak Swarttz, Yona Kadosh, Sam Roche, Amishav Weinstain, Amitai Spiegelman, Namer Medina and Zach Blank.
Having beaten Elitzur Tel Aviv last Wednesday, we next took on Or Yehuda at home, a team that defeated us in the first meeting, which was only our second-ever official game as a team.
Keen to take revenge, we would eventually win in the most brutal way possible but this game could have gone either way in what was a truly competitive, rollercoaster basketball match.
We started well and ended the 1st quarter up by 9 points as Or Yehuda struggled to deal with our perimeter shooting. Yet, things changed in the 2nd as we failed to break down their zonal defending and we went into the halftime break down by two points, following a buzzer-beater.
In the all-important final quarter, we found ourselves down by 9 points with less than seven minutes to go but a few stops later we turned the deficit around with some fast-break points.
With just 25 seconds left on the clock, we were up by 3 as a few decisions went against us. First, we fouled, to which Or Yehuda converted one of the free throws and then a travel was called, with both free throws converted to tie the scores.
With the scores tied, we ran a play which was improvised as Nyv Segev found Amitai Spiegelman who found the basket as the buzzer sounded to secure an incredible win with the final shot of the game.
Sam Roche led our scoring with 15 points, Nyv Segev (14) and Amishav Weinstein (10) also reached double figures. Our first-ever walk-off buzzer-beater but more importantly a victory to move to an 8-4 record and 2nd place in the league.