Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

JDS boys impress in defeat

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The Jewish Day boys basketball team returned to action last week against what Lions coach Eyal Fierst believes will be the most athletic squad his team will face this season.

So considering Jewish Day had few practices heading into last Thursday’s contest with Capitol Christian Academy, Fierst could only be pleased with the team’s performance despite falling 68-66 in overtime.

‘‘They’re pretty athletic,” said Fierst, whose team slipped to 6-2 overall. ‘‘We did a pretty good job of executing having taken a fairly long time off. It’s difficult to practice because everybody’s going away. We were able to score a lot easier than I thought we would. We’re still struggling a little bit handling people off the dribble.”

That defensive deficiency helped Capitol Christian tie the score on a 3-point play to force overtime and eventually win the game with a driving flip shot at the buzzer. The Lions had a good look at the end of regulation but to no avail.

‘‘We’re getting there,” said Fierst, whose team enters the week with a 6-1 record in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference, good enough for first place in the North Division.

Leading the team’s strong effort was 6-foot-7 junior forward Eitan Chemerinski, who poured in 26 points, and senior guard Ezra Weisel, who added 15 points. Chemerinski is producing roughly 24 points a game while Weisel is contributing around 15 points per contest.

Jewish Day was to resume PVAC play this week and it will compete against most of the league’s top teams over the next three weeks, including South Division leader St. Anselm’s Wednesday. It has a date with Barrie next week. The Mustangs saddled the Lions with their lone league loss, a 51-46 setback very early in the season.