(photo credit: AFI)
Flag Football: Lobos claim AFI Tier 1 championship
For the 24th year American Football in Israel hosted the Holyland Bowl
championship game. This is the conclusion of a five month season for some 50
teams. The weather forecast called for snow in Jerusalem for Saturday
night but the worst of it was some sporadic hail during the game.
years’ game ended with Lobos capturing their second title in three years by
beating American Friends of Ateret Cohanim (J’lem Chai) 20-19.
were still recovering from last year’s last-second victory by Big Blue just to
see J’lem Chai have a chance to win the game with no time left if they could
punch in the two point conversion.
However, they came up short giving
Lobos the title.
At the end of the first half J’lem Chai held a 7-0
The second half saw Lobos score three unanswered TDs to go up 20-7
with two minutes left in the game.
J’lem Chai scored a quick TD to make
it 20-13 and got the ball back with 57 seconds left in the game.
drove the field and scored the TD but couldn’t come up with the two point
conversion for the win.
During halftime five players from past years were
inducted in to the AFI Hall of Fame.Championship game results
: Tier 1 –
Holyland Bowl Lobos 20 American Friends of Ateret Cohanim 19 Tier 2 – Moshiko
Bowl Wazoo 35 Terem 34 Tier 3 – Myra H. Kraft Bowl Net Sox 24 YLE Coyotes
12 Tier 4 – Israel Sports Radio Bowl Bonkers Bagels 25 Team Lifeline 19 Tier 5 –
Jerusalem Sports Medicine Bowl Joes Eagles 32 Moshiko Brooklyn 31 Tier 6 – Izhak
Fink Medics Bowl Kfar Zippori 32 Shlomies Bergers 6 Tier 7 – Blue & White
Bowl Kesher Krew 31 City of Gold 22Hoops: Playoffs matches all set in Israel Basketball League.
The final regular season games of the “Red and Dr. Murray’s” Israel
Basketball League saw tight, fast-paced action, with the playoffs on the line.
Eight teams advanced to the top-tier playoffs, in the race for the “Red Auerbach
Hawke&Co. clinched the pole position, finishing
the regular season with a perfect record. Led by Yisrael Feld, the top seed won
a close 57-53 contest over Jerry’s Kids.
The highly-touted Jerry’s Kids
team thus landed in fourth place – setting up a potential crowd-pleaser of a
rematch of these two teams in the semifinals.
Defending champion Lobos,
coming off their first and only loss of the season, clinched the second seed,
with two wins in the final week.
In the first, they faced the fast and
talented YakPak team. Lobos came on strong, opening up an early lead, and ran
away with a huge victory, 60-35.
Next, Lobos took on the “Big Fish”, a
team whose tough schedule found them precariously on the playoff bubble, and
Lobos triumphed again, 60-46.
Still, the elite schedule left Big Fish in
good stead, giving them the crucial tiebreaker in a 4-way deadlock for the last
two playoff spots. In a twist of fate, this means that Big Fish will face Lobos
again in the quarterfinals – with the winner playing Yak Pak or Potomac
Facing a must-win situation, SeaPort 17th-Big Apple Pizza defeated
Potomac18, to grab the final playoff spot. Potomac, having already
clinched a postseason berth, backed into the 6th seed.
After a close
first half with both teams running the ball and dishing beautiful assists,
Seaport clamped down on defense and secured a 64- 46 victory.
one significant contender was knocked out of the top tier playoffs this week, as
the L.A Ballers finished under .500 and lost the strength-of-schedule
tiebreaker. The Ballers’ disappointment was palpable, especially as they
briefly believed their head-to-head victory over Big Fish would help them sneak
into the big dance.
However, their wildly intransitive performances
resulted in a tie-break that found L.A. Ballers on the outside looking in, and
competing for the Tier 2 “AFI Cup”.
Also in the Tier 2 “AFI Cup” playoffs
are Trumanaires and Bromptons, who recently met in the regular season, with the
former prevailing 54-49. Trumanaires also very nearly upset Yak Pak, falling