By Judan Rhine
Yeshiva League Roundup
The HANC Hurricanes entered the Emunah Tournament having just completed the Ramaz Tournament with a 55–17 win over YDE. In the first round of the Emunah Tournament, the Hurricanes rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to send the game into overtime, outlasting the Magen David Warriors in a wild 5-overtime game. In round two, a short-handed HANC squad fell to a strong Frisch team but bounced back on Sunday with a 59–55 win over Heschel in round three. The Hurricanes were led by Yoni Warshaw with 13 and Max Baer with 12; both were named tournament all-stars.
The Heschel Heat, coming off a big league win against a good Hillel team, won its opening game in the Emunah Tournament against Flatbush, 53–47, and then suffered a very tough loss in the semifinals to JEC, 54–53, in OT, when a rebounded missed shot fell into the hands of Shapiro from JEC who stuck a 3-pointer with the clock running out. The Heat had little left in the tank the following afternoon, losing to a much-improved HANC team 58–53.
The Heat will look to rebound in the Baltimore Beth Tfiloh Tournament, December 3, opening against rival Ramaz in their first game. Senior Jonathan Granowitz scored 45 points in the three games and was selected to the all-tournament team. Senior center Sam Lippman, overcoming back problems, had a steady 24 points and 25 rebounds in the three games, and sophomore point guard Michael Gatan chipped in with 30 points and numerous assists in the three games.
North Shore defeated Derech Hatorah 84–50. Derech was led by Adam Motovich, 23. Derech Hatorah came on strong and took an early lead and kept it close through the first quarter, but with their center sidelined and only two big men, Derech quickly tired and couldn’t keep up the pace. Cody Cohen led all scorers with 26 points for North Shore and Adam Motovich led Derech with 23 points. Kamali threw in 14 for North Shore.
With a tremendous defensive effort, DRS defeated Flatbush 39–20. DRS led at the half by 5 and broke open a close game with a strong second half. High scorers were Yehuda Schein with 15 and Gabe Leifer with 13. Maleh led Flatbush with 6. DRS is now 5 and 0 in league play and 8 and 2 overall.
TABC jumped out to an early 14–3 lead and led the whole game in a 57–47 victory. TABC was led by the scoring of Moshe Brum with 18 and Dan Poleyeff with 13. JEC received 14 and 12 by from the Shulman brothers.
Boys’ Varsity Basketball
Eastern Division (Wins, Losses)
DRS 5, 0
HAFTR 3, 0
North Shore 4, 1
YDE 3, 1
Magen David 2, 2
Flatbush 2, 4
HANC 1, 3
Derech Hatorah 1, 6
Rambam 0, 8
Frisch 4, 0
TABC 4, 1
Ramaz 5, 2
Hillel 4, 2
JEC 3, 3
MTA 3, 3
Heschel 3, 3
SAR 1, 3
Kushner 0, 6
Boys’ JV Basketball
North Shore 3, 0
HAFTR 2, 0
Flatbush 1, 0
HANC 2, 1
DRS 2, 1
Magen David 2, 2
YDE 2, 2
Shaare Torah 2, 3
Rambam 0, 3
Ezra 0, 3
TABC 3, 0
MTA 2, 0
SAR 2, 1
Heschel 2, 1
JEC 2, 2
Frisch 1, 1
Ramaz 1, 1
Kushner 2, 4
Hillel 0, 5
19th Annual Hausdorff Tournament
When Thanksgiving arrives, it’s a clear sign that Hausdorff is right around the corner. The 19th annual Thomas Hausdorff Memorial Basketball Tournament and Shabbaton hosted by Yeshivah of Flatbush brings JV squads from three yeshivot from outside New York to join the host team on the campus of the Yeshivah of Flatbush in the Midwood section of Brooklyn for four days of competitive basketball, Torah learning, and camaraderie that is a highlight of the basketball season. This year, the Falcons will welcome JV squads from Cooper Yeshiva of the South from Memphis, Tennessee, Akiva Day School of Southfield (near Detroit), Michigan, and Weinbaum Yeshiva of Boca Raton, Florida.
The Hausdorff Tournament was started 19 years ago to memorialize a unique individual who, in a relatively short time, established close relationships and touched so many lives. Michael Gelber has been the tournament director since its inception, and believes it is the ideal way to continue the legacy of Thomas Hausdorff, z’l, a former colleague who joined the staff at Flatbush as the general-studies principal after a long career in the New Jersey public schools.
“This event was a way for me to continue the legacy of a very unique individual,” recalls Gelber on his development of the program. “Thomas Hausdorff was the kind of man who could have conversations on equal footing with students, teachers, and colleagues in the administration about anything.” Hausdorff had played basketball for Brooklyn College while in school, and so a basketball tournament in his memory was a logical connection for Gelber. With the assistance of Rabbi Naftali Besser, Gelber organized not only a basketball tournament but also a Shabbaton, complete with aspects of learning, Torah study, and acts of chesed (through a program where the participants spend an afternoon working with learning-disabled adults who are part of a group called “Yachad”).
Eric Amkraut, athletic director for Yeshivah of Flatbush, notes, “Hausdorff is an absolutely fantastic event. I’ve been involved with a number of different tournaments in my professional career and very few are run as expertly as Hausdorff is. It is phenomenal not just for the players of the teams that participate, but even more so for the members of the Flatbush community who help run the event so smoothly and successfully. The community opens up its doors wide, welcoming our out-of-town guests into their homes for meals and hospitality, making the long weekend truly a Flatbush community affair.”
As to the success of Gelber’s original hope for the Hausdorff Tournament, perhaps it is best summed up by Daniel Brystowski, an alumnus of Akiva Day School and a four-time attendee at the Tournament during his high-school career. Brystowski notes, “The Tournament is not about basketball at all. It is about learning not just to be a good Jew, but to be a good person, the type of person Mr. Hausdorff was.” This is the true legacy of Thomas Hausdorff, z’l. As Gelber points out regarding the heart of the event, “it helps each participant develop a defining perspective; winning is an of-the-moment victory, but being a good sport, friend, and person will create a legacy no one will ever forget.” It is that very special spirit of Hausdorff that all the participants will encounter, and it is a legacy that will continue for the next generation of participants this December.
The 19th Hausdorff Memorial Basketball Tournament and Shabbaton at Yeshivah of Flatbush is to get under way Thursday, December 4, and run through Sunday, December 7. Play begins on Thursday with a doubleheader; Akiva Day School and Weinbaum Yeshiva will tip off at 7:00 p.m. with Cooper Yeshiva of the South taking on the host Flatbush Falcons afterwards at around 8:30 p.m. All games can be viewed from around the globe in real time via the High School Cube live-streaming feed on the school’s athletic website, flatbushfalcons.com.
YU Maccabees News
Shelby Rosenberg, Shani Hava named Athletes of the Month. The Yeshiva University Department of Athletics has announced that men’s golfer and basketball player Shelby Rosenberg and women’s tennis player Shani Hava have been selected the Athletes of the Month for November 2014. Rosenberg was a standout for the men’s golf team this season, cracking the top 20 at the Skyline Conference championship, while as a basketball player he is averaging 17.6 points and 8.8 rebounds through the first five games this season. Hava, a freshman on the women’s tennis team, was named the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week four times this season and earned the conference Rookie of the Year and was named a first team All-Conference selection.
Men’s Basketball opens Skyline Conference with 78–59 win over St. Joseph’s–Long Island. Five players scored double figures in a balanced attack for the Yeshiva men’s basketball team, which opened 2014–15 Skyline Conference play last Wednesday with a 78–59 win over St. Joseph’s–Long Island. The win improves Yeshiva to 3–2 overall (1–0 Skyline), while St. Joseph’s–Long Island is 1–4 (0–1 Skyline).
Shelby Rosenberg led the balanced attack with a team-high 19 points, on 7-for-8 shooting, to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Meanwhile Michael Berg connected on 7 of 11 for 14 points. Shaje Weiss came off the bench and added 13 points, while Joseph Ammar netted 11 and Benjy Ritholtz had 10 points and 7 assists.
St. Joseph’s–Long Island was led by Fernando Vazquez with 25 on 10-for-14 shooting.
The game saw three lead changes and two ties early in the contest, but Yeshiva, down 8–7, went on a 10–0 run to take a 17–8 lead with 12:33 to go capped by a continuation three-point basket by Ritholtz.
The rest of the first half saw the Maccabees continue to draw away. Yeshiva led by as much as 22 in the opening stanza, and the Maccabees were up 36–14 with 1:57 to go. The host Golden Eagles scampered a brief 4–0 spurt in the final minute-and-a-half of the first period to make the score 36–18 in favor of Yeshiva at halftime.
In the second half, Yeshiva maintained a comfortable lead, en route to picking up the win. St. Joseph’s–Long Island’s smallest deficit in the second half was 16 after scoring the first 2 points of the second half (to cap off a 6–0 run that started with a 4–0 run to close out the first half). Yeshiva proceeded to go on a 13–2 run from there to take a 49–22 lead with 16:34 to go, and the Maccabees coasted the rest of the way.
Yeshiva shot 50.9 percent from the field (29 for 57), while the Golden Eagles shot 37.7 percent from the floor (23 for 61).
Judah Rhine is co-director of MVP Boys Basketball Camp and has been coaching youth basketball for 30+ years. He can be reached at email@example.com.