USA takes Maccabiah Gold 81-70 over France

Jul 24, 2022 | Uncategorized

The United States defeated France 81-70 to defend their Maccabiah title in a feisty affair. The French squad led by Vincent Amsellem held a slight advantage at the half, 37-35 but the Americans with five players in double figures used their depth to wear France down and take the 11-point win.

Sam Silverstein- Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

Sam Silverstein led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds, Ben Gealer added 14 points and 7 boards, Ofer Reef chipped in with 14 points while Lior Berman scored 11 points and Blake Peters chalked up 10 points in the win.

William Pfister – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

William Pfister scored 20 points, Vincent Amsellem added 17 points and Dan Bin Noun chipped in with 11 points in the loss.

Vincent Amsellem – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

Both teams got off to a slow start as Vincent Amsellem paced France with 7 points while Ofek Reef scored 4 points for the United States and after ten minutes of play the game was all knotted up at 17-17.

Lior Berman – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Amsellem continued to score at will while Dan Bin Noun also found points for the French in the second quarter but Sam Silverstein and Lior Berman kept the game close, however, Amsellem scored at the halftime buzzer to give France a 37-35 advantage after twenty minutes.

William Pfister and Theo Nehlig filled the basket for France in the third as Silverstein carried the load for Doug Gottlieb’s squad but Ben Gealer helped the US into the lead 58-53 following 30 minutes of play.

Ben Gealer – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Gealer continued his streak with a triple to get the fourth quarter underway, Reef scored buckets galore inside as the US ran France off the floor in the final frame to take the win.

USA – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

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