Monday, March 30, 2009

Krupp And Cooper Beat The Buzzer To Head Into Tier-II Finals

Coverage of last night's game from

Jason Kirshner and Mark Rocklin
Published on: 03/30/2009

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.

The start of the second quarter looked like a carbon copy of the start of the first as both teams picked up their intensity and wouldn’t allow the ball into the cylinder, until unsung hero from the first quarter, Bowman, would continue his touch draining the long ball. On their ensuing possession Cooper hit another three point field goal taking the lead 14-13. The Maimonides M-Cats did not panic, making a little run for themselves and going into the half leading 22-16...

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