Funk wins the Michigan Region AZA basketball championship with
a victory over Kishon "A" and earns a berth in the sectional tourney
this weekend in Milwaukee.
STEVE STEIN STAFF WRITER
he Funk chapter is the
Michigan Region's rep-
resentative in the first
AZA basketball na-
Funk gained a berth
in this weekend's sec-
tional in Milwaukee by winning
the regional championship Sun-
day at the Maple-Drake branch
of the Jewish Community Cen-
ter in West Bloomfield.
A victory in the sectional would
send Funk to the national tour-
nament in Washington, D.C., in
It took a hard-fought 48-38 vic-
tory over Kishon "A" in the play-
off-title game to give Funk its
second consecutive regional
championship. That's not a bad
accomplishment for a 5-year-old
chapter which began with just
four members and now has 31.
"We have a real close chapter.
We have a lot of fun, and we do a
lot of community service, too,"
said Funk president Mike Fein-
berg. "AZA is a great experience.
I'd recommend it highly."
Funk's members have done
work with the Anti-Defamation
League on black-Jewish relations,
Yad Ezra, the Walk for Israel and
JARC. Several members will be
going to Israel this summer to re-
new acquaintances with Ethiopi-
an Jews they met here.
Otto Dube is the chapter's ad-
viser. Brian Stern (first vice pres-
ident), Ed Berger (second vice
president), Steve Lotzoff (secre-
tary) and Jeremy Bloom (trea-
surer) are the other officers.
Tracy Weiss is the basketball
team's scorekeeper and Dan
Schonberg handles the phone du-
ties when members need to be
Including the playoffs, Funk
went 9-2 and Kishon "A" ended up
8-3. Funk finished second in the
Butthead Division and Kishon "A"
was third in the Beavis Division.
Funk defeated Butthead
champion Marx "A" in the play-
off semifinals, while Kishon "A"
disposed of Beavis runn.erup Cha-
lutzim "A" in the first round and
undefeated Beavis champion
Herzl in the semifinals.
Brian Tobin scored 24 of
Funk's 48 points in the champi-
onship game, including 15 in the
second half. He hit six of his sev-
en free throws in the contest.
Jonah Amsell, the other half of
Funk's potent 1-2 punch, tossed
in 16 points. He had 10 in the first
Lee Lazar and Steve Lotzoff
both had four points for Funk.
Other team members
Brian Goldberg finds his
path to the basket blocked
by Brian Tobin.
All eyes are on Brad Lan.
Jonah Amsell tries to shrug off Rob Yost.
Brian Tobin drives to the hoop.
headed to Wisconsin (the Cheese
State) for the sectional are Berg-
er, Lotzoff, Eugene Greenstein,
Alan Tobin, Mike Bagdade, Scott
Weiss and Matt Hildebrandt.
Brad Lan was the only Kishon
"A" player to score in double fig-
ures against Funk. He tallied 14
Rob Yost had nine points on a
trio of triples, Brian Goldberg had
seven points, Brian Gurwin had
six and Brian Kristall had two.
Both Lan and Goldberg made 5-
of-6 free throws.
Evan Klein, Scott Shapiro,
Brad Wachler and Matt Shep-
herd, who kept standings and sta-
tistics for the league, also were
on the Kishon "A" roster.
Both teams did well at
the foul line, with Funk
making 11-of-17 and Kishon
"A" canning 10-of-13.
"Our kids did a great job in the
playoffs," said Kishon adviser Paul
Gaba, whose chapter has about 40
boys. "Funk played some great de-
fense against us in the champi-
onship game. They forced us to
take a lot of outside shots, and
those shots just weren't dropping."
Funk never trailed in the title
contest, which consisted of two 20-
minute halves. The winners raced
to an early 11-2 lead on their way
to a 23-14 halftime margin.
A spirited comeback by Kishon
"A" tied the game at 28-28 with
14:17 left in the second half, but
Tobin scored seven straight
points and Funk never was
ahead by less than four points the
rest of the way.
Funk scored its last seven
points at the free throw line in
the final 1:04. Tobin made four
free throws, Lotzoff two and Am-
sel one in that stretch. CI
Playoffs At A Glance
STEVE STEIN STAFF WRITER
Here are the results and the
leading scorers in the Michigan
Region AZA basketball playoff
games. All the games were
played at the Maple-Drake
branch of the Jewish Commu-
nity Center in West Bloomfield:.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
Herzl 44, Hart 23: Aaron Taub (Heal)
15 points, Jason Freeman (Hart) 10
Kishon "A" 45, Chalutzim 36: Brian
Goldberg (Kishon "A") 13 points, Ben
Ellis (Chalutzim) 12 points.
Marx 48, Kishon "B" 14: David Gach
(Marx) 18 points, Mark Snyder (Kishon
"B") 4 points.
Funk 48, Posen 38: Brian Tobin (Funk)
24 points, Daniel Singer (Posen) 12
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
Kishon "A" 38, Heal 35: Brad Lan
(Kistler)" ) 10 points, Michael Gifford
(Heal) 17 points.
Funk 49, Marx 40: Jonah AnIsel (Funk)
19 points, David Gach (Marx) 15 points.
Funk 48, Kishon "A" 38: Brian Tobin
(Funk) 24 points, Brad Lan (Kishon "A")
14 points. D