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Sarachek Ends in Dramatic Fashion

YU Basketball Tournament Culminates in Thrilling Triple Overtime Championship Game

Five days of exciting competition at Yeshiva University's 24th Annual Red Sarachek Basketball Tournament culminated with a dramatic 75-73 triple overtime victory by the Frisch Cougars (Paramus, New Jersey) over the HAFTR Hawks (Lawrence, New York) in the Tier-1 Championship game. Before a crowd of more than 1,200 fans, Frisch center Benni Tuchman sealed the win for the Cougars after hitting a game-winning layup with just under three seconds left to play.

More than 20 yeshiva high school teams from across North America took part in the annual tournament—named for the legendary Bernard “Red” Sarachek, YU's former longtime men’s basketball coach—from March 19-23.

In addition to the spirited gameplay, the long weekend included several off-court events and activities, including a lively Shabbaton, tours of the University, and a special Sunday Kollel and Midreshet Yom Rishon, featuring Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought; Senator Joseph Lieberman, chair in public policy and public service; and Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought.

"Yeshiva University is honored to host the Red Saracheck Tournament every year," said YU President Richard M. Joel. "We view this as an opportunity to bring the best and the brightest to experience the greatness that is YU.  And though the students compete on the court, the relationships that are formed off the court between players of different schools and backgrounds are equally important."

In addition to Frisch and HAFTR, participating schools included: Akiva Hebrew Day School (Detroit, Michigan); Atlanta Jewish Academy (Atlanta, Georgia); Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School (Pikesville, Maryland); David Posnack Jewish Day School (Davie, Florida); Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School (Woodmere, New York); Fuchs Mizrachi School (Cleveland, Ohio); Hebrew Academy of Montreal (Montreal, Canada); Hillel Yeshiva School (Ocean Township, New Jersey); Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Chicago, Illinois); Maimonides School (Brookline, Mass.); Rabbi Alexander Gross Hebrew Academy (Miami, Florida); Robert M. Beren Academy (Houston, Texas); Shalhevet High School (Los Angeles, California); Valley Torah High School (Valley Village, California); Weinbaum Yeshiva High School (Boca Raton, Florida); Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California); Yeshivat Or Chaim (Toronto, Canada); and Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (New York, New York).

For complete tournament coverage, including scores, statistics, game summaries and awards, visit