" I’ve learned so much about Judaism, and I’ve been able to experience so much."
By: Steve Sadin
Without a player over 6-3, Chicagoland Jewish High School’s basketball team stood tall Wednesday defeating a Mooseheart team with a front line averaging nearly 6-10, 70-67, in the 1A Sectional semifinal at Mooseheart.
The victory put the Tigers into a Sectional title game for the first time in the school’s history. They play Newark. Though the championship game is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday, that is the Jewish Sabbath and the team cannot play then.
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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) said before the Sectional began that it would reschedule the title game should the Tigers be in it, according to IHSA Communications Director Matt Troha. No date has been announced.
The Red Ramblers led most of the way but slowed near the end of the fourth quarter, according to a Chicago Tribune story. The Tigers took a 66-64 lead with 25 seconds remaining when Jake Newlander of Skokie made a three-point shot.
Down by 11 points in the fourth quarter, the Tigers came back on the strength of their three-point shooting and a full court press defense, according to an article in the Aurora Beacon News. Newlander’s brother, Josh, made four treys in the final period.
The Tigers romped to a 16-10 first quarter lead before Mooseheart outscored them, 23-8, in the second period for a 33-24 halftime advantage, according to Max Preps. From there, CJS climbed back until it took the lead in the game’s final minute.
Jake Newlander led all scorers with 25 point and Josh Newlander added 21, according to information on the IHSA website. Josh Newlander hit 19 of those 21 tallies in the second half, according to the Beacon News. Daniel Fishbaum of Highland Park chipped in with 10, according to Max Preps.
Located in Batavia, Mooseheart welcomes children from unstable backgrounds. That brought three students to the school from Sudan in 2011, according to the Tribune. The boys stand 6-7, 6-9 and 7-1. After an eligibility dispute earlier this season, the IHSA ruled they could play.
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