For the third time in the last four years, Temple Sinai captured the High School Synagogue League Championship at the Jewish Community Center, defeating Or L’Simcha 64-51.
Coached by Chronicle columnist Jonathan Mayo, Temple Sinai lost just one game all year on its way to the
Despite being absent from the team for three weeks, Mayo knew from the beginning his team had a chance at another championship.
“I think the team showed from the beginning of the season, that it had a chance to win the title,” he said. “The kids did a great job, seeing it through to this great end result.”
For Or L’Simcha, the loss wasn’t the way the team wanted to end the season, however, head coach Rabbi Chuck Diamond was proud of his team.
“I thought it was a very good game,” Diamond said. “It was very enjoyable to watch. I was very happy with my team. They played tough all year.”
Diamond, who has been involved with the league since the 1970s, says it’s a great way for him to stay involved with his younger congregants.
“It’s very special for me as their rabbi to be involved,” he said. “I like coaching. I like basketball. It’s a good way as a rabbi to be involved with the team.”
Diamond isn’t done coaching yet this year. He also coaches the middle school team, which is poised for a title run of its own.
(Mike Zoller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)