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Chicagoland Jewish's Jeremy Goodman (33) and his team celebrate their win over Ida Crown in a Class 1A regional final at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
In denying Ida Crown a piece of history, Chicagoland Jewish made some of its own.
In crushing the Aces 67-38 Thursday night, the Tigers won their second regional title in the school’s 12-year history. Ida Crown has never won a regional championship.
“It’s what we worked all season for. We are so happy,” senior Jake Newlander said. “Seniors, we didn’t want to go out with a loss.”
After the first period, there wasn’t much doubt Chicagoland Jewish (20-3) would continue its season.
When Ida Crown junior Elazar Kolom finished a three-point play with 7:25 remaining in the first half, it was 16-15 Tigers. Chicagoland Jewish, which forced 10 first half turnovers off a relentless full court press, then got two straight turnovers and scored four quick points. By the time the half was over, the Tigers had closed on a 21-6 run and led 37-21.
Newlander hit two three-pointers to open the half and when the lead swelled to 46-23 two minutes into the third quarter, the Tigers started to clear their bench.
“Coach talked about making sure the pressure was on them. The pressure was on them to make us work and we made them work,” senior Daniel Fishbaum said, who had six rebounds. “Most of us having been playing ball together since fifth grade. To be able to win a regional championship senior year means everything.”
Sophomore Josh Newlander had 13 points for Chicagoland Jewish. Junior Avidan Halivni added 13 points for the Tigers, shooting 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Ida Crown (6-14) was led by Kolom, who had 11 points.
Chicagoland Jewish advances to the sectional semifinals. It plays the winner of Friday night’s Mooseheart-Hinckley-Big Rock Wednesday night at Mooseheart.