Valley Torah boys basketball wins Jewish national tournament for second consecutive year

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The Valley Torah High boys basketball team won the Red Sarachek national tournament in New York at Yeshiva University last week, defeating SAR of Riverdale, New York, 56-48 in the Tier I final to claim the team’s second straight national crown.

Valley Torah, led by coach Lior Schwartzberg, has made the final three of the last four years and has claimed the program’s only two Sarachek titles the last two seasons.

The Red Sarachek tournament is a basketball event that started in 1992 that aims to find the best Jewish high school program in the country. The event invites dozens of schools from all over the country to compete.


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Shalhevet and YULA – other Jewish schools in the Los Angeles area – also competed in the event.

Valley Torah’s Johny Dan was named co-MVP with Noam Mayouhas after tallying 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Gabriel R’Bibo added 15 points. Dan scored 42 points in the team’s quarterfinal victory. It was one of the top scoring performances in the history of the tournament.

“The scoring record is held by Tamir Goodman,” Schwartzberg said. “He’s the one they dubbed the ‘Jewish Jordan.’ “

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