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Sarachek 2012: YULA Wins Semifinal Overtime Thriller vs. Shalhevet Firehawks 51-48

In the second Tier I semifinal of Big Sunday, the Max Stern Athletic Center was filled to capacity to witness the showdown between the Shalhevet Firehawks and the YULA Panthers.

In one of the most intense games in recent memory, YULA and Shalhevet were back and forth in the first half. Halftime score, YULA was down 23-20. In the third quarter, the Firehawks continued their tenacious defense by holding YULA to 11 points. Entering the fourth quarter, your Panthers were down by seven points. YULA eliminated that deficit rather quickly going on a 7-0 run.

With four minutes left in the fourth quarter the game was tied. After a few back-and-forth possessions the Firehawks had a three-point lead with 27 seconds left to go in the game. With 3.3 seconds left, Matt Reich was fouled in the act of shooting a three-pointer, which gave him the opportunities to shoot three free throws. With 3.3 seconds left Matt hits all three free throws to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Panthers once again found themselves down with less than a minute left to go in the game. And once again, Matt Reich came through in the clutch, hitting a three point basket with less than 10 seconds left ago in the game to give YULA a one-point lead and secure the win.

Final score was 51-48. Solomon had a great game -- 18 points and five rebounds, and Matt Reich had those three big free throws and the game-winning shot. Jack Gindi added 11.

Watch and support your YULA Panthers on Macslive.com as we take on the SAR Sting on Monday at 11:00 am Pacific time.
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