Noah Gottlieb, Santa Monica College’s all-Western State Conference point guard from Venice High, shot 100 free throws Saturday, June 1 in Corsair Pavilion in an exhibition for charity.
He made 94, and donors made contributions to Maccabiah USA for each one made.
Gottlieb has been chosen to play for the United States in the European Maccabiah Games in Rome in July. He and Derrick Glaser of Arizona State are expected to be the primary ball-handlers for the U.S. team.
“I’m going there to win,” said Gottlieb. “We’re going for the gold medal.”
In practicing for Saturday’s event Gottlieb made 96 one day in practice.
“I wanted to top that but didn’t quite do it,” said Gottlieb afterward as spectators were treated to pizza.
“But after I made 72 of the first 75 I missed the next one and later a few more.”
It was still an outstanding performance.
SMC coach Jesse Taplitzky was the official scorekeeper and the new Corsair coach got a firsthand look at how well his guard deals with pressure.
Gottlieb shot nearly 80 percent in competition for SMC last season Maccabiah strengthens Jewish bonding through athletic competition.