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Varsity Basketball Lions Lose to Buzzer Beater in Sarachek Tournament Tier III Championship



After beating the Hebrew Academy Heat of Montreal 58-44 in the annual Sarachek Tournament Tier III semi-final game on Sunday, the Lions took on the Fuchs Mizrahi Mayhem of Cleveland on Sunday for the Championship.

With the score tied, Albert Waxman hit a long-range three pointer at the buzzer to lift the Mayhem over the Lions in an exciting back-and-forth game. Waxman, who finished with 29 points, including going 7-13 from deep, carried his team to a historic win for Fuchs Mizrachi. With 1:08 remaining, Waxman hit a contested three-pointer to tie the game at 51, setting up his team for the eventual victory.

In the first quarter, both teams came out with hot hands. The Lions pulled ahead 19-15, but in the second quarter they were held to only 5 points by the Mayhem's stifling defensive pressure. In the half, both teams made a combined nine three-pointers and Fuchs went into the break leading 26-24.

In the third quarter, Fuchs Mizrachi's Ilan Senders decided he wasn't going to let Waxman take over this game alone. He produced 12 points on an incredible 86% shooting, impacting the game both on the defensive side and on the drive. Although Senders lacked a few inches against MTA's big men, he explained in his postgame interview that he made up for it with "heart and strength."

Yehuda Buchbinder led the way for the Lions with 15 points, including three three-pointers. Binyamin Buchbinder and Eli Gruenberg added 9 points apiece as well.