DRS knocked off Heschel, and Frisch topped Shaare Torah, setting up HAFTR vs Frisch and Magen David vs DRS in the Tier 1 semi-finals. In a great game on Sunday morning, HAFTR turned back Frisch, who unfortunately lost their gifted forward, Shmuli Coates, as well as Danny Weinberger, their excellent shooting guard, to injury. In the other semi-final game, DRS fought hard against Magen David but fell short, setting up the #1 and #2 seeds in the Tier 1 championship game.
The Tier 2 finals were set as well, featuring the Ramaz Rams and the Hillel Heat. Ramaz beat North Shore, while Hillel outscored YDE in their Tier 2 semi-finals games. In a great, well-played double overtime game, Ramaz came out on top, taking home the Tier 2 championship trophy. MVP honors went to Spencer Rubinstein from Ramaz.
The final game of the tournament was a thriller: the HAFTR Hawks vs. the Magen David Warriors in the Tier 1 championship. After a well-played first half, Magen David took a 6-point lead going into the third quarter. While the Warriors increased the lead early in the second half, HAFTR fought back and, after a 3 pointer by the Hawks’ Avi Rokosz midway through the fourth quarter, the game was tied. But Magen David proved to be too much for HAFTR as they went on to a 51-46 victory, taking home the championship banner. Congratulations to the entire Magen David Warriors team and to their coach Ikey Dweck and his entire coaching staff. Tier 1 MVP honors went to Joe Sultan, Magen David’s 6’6” center.
Congratulations to the HAFTR Hawks, who had a great tournament, and to Jordan Appel and Jacob Steinmetz on earning All-Star awards. Congratulations to Ezra Sicklick from DRS, who took home the 3-point contest trophy. Congratulations to the entire HAFTR community for opening up their homes and hearts for the entire weekend and to all the participating schools!
HAFTR is already working hard on next year’s tournament and is looking forward to once again hosting the annual Scott Satran Memorial Tournament in 2021. HAFTR High School extends special thanks to Athletic Director Mr. Joey Hoenig, whose vision, energy and enthusiasm make this tournament so successful and meaningful.