Jason Kirshner and Mark Rocklin
March 29, 2009 (MacsLive Reporting Services, New York) – The second Tier II semifinal of Big Sunday featured two teams that live and die on their shooting. Tonight’s headline story would be the hot hand of Joel Bowman (17 points), the Cooper Macs 6”4 guard, who camped out at the three point arc, on his way to propelling the Cooper Macs past a good Maimonides M-Cats squad, 49-47.
The full throttle defense of both the (13) Cooper Yeshiva Macs and the(9) Maimonides M-Cats held each team scoreless for the first 4 minutes and 30 seconds of the game when Ari Packer would fly to the rim putting in the acrobatic lay-up sparking his team on a 7-0 run. The M-Cat defense and cheering section proved too much for the Macs to handle, until Joe Bowman would rally the Macs back into the game on his three point touch. But Ben Zack of Maimo was also feeling the rhythm knocking down three-pointers of his own, and at the end of one quarter it was M-Cats leading 13-8.
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