Cinderella Storms AZA
Special to The Jewish News
than him. We were really lucky to have
him on the team this year."
Scoring for Shapiro was in the hands
of Chad Mahakian and Andrew Baum,
both of Farmington Hills, who com-
bined for 25 points a game.
Jolson A, Greenberg A, Chazak,
Herzl, Shaprio A and Shapiro B all
made it to the playoffs, held at the
West Bloomfield Jewish Community
Center. In the end, Shapiro beat
Greenberg A in a tough battle, by a
welve freshmen from
Berkley High School, only
one month after founding
their Chazak AZA chapter,
took to the court in the B'nai B'rith
Youth Organization's AZA Basketball
League. Other participants were
Jolson, Shapiro, Greenberg, Kitzoni,
Herzl and Tzavah AZA.
Leading the way for Chazak
\Nrere freshmen Ben Chesterman
and Trevor Weltman, both of
Huntington Woods. The team
kicked off the season with a
69-7 march over Tzavah AZA.
The following weeks brought
sophomores, juniors and sen-
iors from larger chapters out to
watch as the Berkley freshmen
won their first four games by
margins of 20 or more.
After a hard-fought battle
against Jolson A, Chazak suf-
fered its first defeat, losing to
the upperclassmen, 44-38.
None- theless, Chazak still
AZA champs: Standing are Justin Rolnitzky,
managed to take the fourth seed Matt Tugender, Shawn Achtman, Eric
in the playoffs.
Hoffman. Kneeling are Yale Miller, Chad
Reigning champion Greenberg
Mahakian, Andrew Baum.
AZA started the new season with
a two-game winning streak that
final score of 52-41. This is the first
was ended by Jolson. Under captains
time in four years that Greenberg was
Brian Stone of Farmington Hills and
not .the champion.
Cary Rosen of Walled Lake, Jolson
Another first-year chapter, Tzavah,
squeaked by. Stone and Rosen each
under captain Brad Millman of West
scored 18. Benjamin Margolis of Ann
Bloomfield, fought an uphill battle all
Arbor led Greenberg with 22.
season with very determined freshmen.
Jolson emerged victorious with a
After watching them beat their in-
scoring drive in the final minutes and
school, cross-town rival, Kitzoni AZA,
held off Greenberg with a 2-3 zone
the region expects great things from
throughout the game.
them in coming years. ❑
Jolson completed the regular season
with only one loss, to undefeated
Eric Hoffman is AZA president for
Shapiro. Greenberg advanced to the
playoffs and faced Jolson again in the
Michigan Region BBYO.
Shapiro kicked off the season by
stampeding their first opponent, their
Teens Plan Fun Day
fellow chapter members of the Shapiro
C team. The A team's Shawn Achtman
Detroit Teen Connection will visit
of Walled Lake hit three-pointers all
C. J. Barrymore's amusement park
game long to lead his team to a 61-20
and entertainment center in Utica
on Sunday, May 23.
In the playoffs, Shapiro, who also
The outing is open to all Jewish
runs a 2-3 zone on defense, held long-
youth in the seventh and eighth
time rivals Jolson to only 24 points.
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Shooting guard Achtman said, "Ryan
or $29 for first-time guests.
Jackson was our best defender this sea-
Reservations must be made by
son; each week he would get boards
Monday, May 17. Call Jaclyn
[rebounds] over people a foot taller
Zelkovitz at BBYO, (248) 788-0700.
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