On Wednesday, Nov. 6, 26 HAFTR HS student athletes boarded a plane Los Angeles to participate in the fifth annual Steve Glouberman Basketball Tournament hosted by Shalhevet HS.
The HAFTR Hawks boys and girls varsity basketball teams were each invited to represent in the tournament. The girls started early Thursday morning, facing off against SAR. In an intense game with 9 lead changes and 7 ties, the HAFTR girls ended up with the win. The boys followed with their first game, also against SAR. Taking control of from the beginning, they were able to hold onto a lead the entire game. Going into Shabbat, the girls were 3–0 and the boys were 2–1.
Shabbat in LA was beautiful, with the teams each eating Shabbat dinner together at a different host home, and then joining together afterwards for a tournament-wide oneg at the Young Israel of Century City.
After a restful Shabbat, the players quickly changed gears to get ready for the semifinals. At the semi-finals, the HAFTR girls faced the team that turned out to be the best in the tournament, Maimonides, from Boston. Maimonides pulled ahead and won by 7 points, with the Hawks girls team ending in third place. The boys had a rematch against the Shalhevet Firehawks in the semifinals. The Hawks fought hard but could not hold out in the end. The HAFTR Hawks boys varsity boys basketball team also came in third place.
It was a fantastic experience for both varsity basketball teams, as well as being great practice for all their upcoming games. Go Hawks.