Flatbush Basketball Shines at Glouberman Tourny

Flatbush Basketball Works Hard/Plays Hard in California at the Glouberman Tournament
Posted on 05/27/2021
Flatbush Basketball Works Hard/Plays Hard in California at the Glouberman TournamentFlatbush’s Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams spent the week in Los Angeles, California, bringing East Coast flavor to West Coast basketball as they closed out a week of competitive play on Thursday (5/27) - the first of the 2020-21 school year - at the Spring 2021 Glouberman Basketball Tournament hosted by Shalhevet High School of Los Angeles.
Boys and Girls Basketball Teams
An event that was months in the making, Flatbush - thanks to strong support from the Athletic Department, administration, school board and the Medical Advisory Committee - was on board from the outset and was a key component to the California school’s revised format for its annual event. Even as the event moved from separate weeks for girls and boys at a single venue in the Nevada desert to a joint event in a major basketball facility in Phoenix, Arizona to its final and actual format utilizing the campus of Shalhevet and the athletic facility of neighboring YULA High School, the goal for both the Shalhevet and Flatbush organizers never wavered- to provide our student-athletes with a top-notch competitive experience in a season where competition in sport for most yeshivot across the country was virtually nonexistent due to the global COVID pandemic.
Marcy Ashear   Sammy Levy
Over the course of the week, the boys and girls Falcons trained and competed on the court, bonded as teammates at local Los Angeles area venues that ranged from the West Pico Boulevard dining spots to Manhattan and Venice Beaches to the Hollywood hills, and connected with fellow students from Los Angeles, Chicago, Long Island, New Jersey, Maryland and Miami Beach.

Preliminary games began on Monday, as the boys played high school teams as well as alumni squads and the girls played the local teams from Shalhevet and YULA as well as a club of players from different schools. Flatbush’s teams played two games a day Monday and Tuesday, with the results setting the stage for the playoff rounds on Wednesday and Thursday.
Teddy Hara
While it was clear the Falcon girls were rusty after the long layoff from League competition, over the course of the week they improved in team play from game to game. At the same time, the play was highly physical and with each ensuing game the girls seemed to collect as many bumps and bruises as they did baskets.
Irwin Azar
At the same time, the boys battled twice on each of the first two days. Head Coach Michael Gurock used the alumni games to expose his young players to opponents that would far exceed the physicality of the high school foes they would face in the playoffs. It paid off, as the boys Falcons turned in their best performance of the short Spring season in a match-up of the tournament’s top two seeds on Wednesday afternoon. TABC from Teaneck, NJ garnered the top seed on the shoulders of the play of the top-rated player in all of yeshiva basketball. Flatbush earned the second seed with its wins over Shalhevet and YULA, but due to a scheduling quirk, they were matched up in the semifinals. While the Storm’s star was everything he was thought to be, Coach Gurock’s defenders were equally impressive, as Senior Sammy Levy and Junior Aaron Vilinsky defended him like they were glued to his hip. The plan worked as the TABC star began to falter late. But, credit to the Storm second tier players who stepped up and made some big shots, they were able to stave off a late Flatbush rush as the Storm secured the coveted spot in the finals.
Alexa Greenstein
Flatbush did secure one victory over the week of the Glouberman event as Junior Alexa Greenstein showed off her shooting skills in winning the girls 3-point shooting contest. Also of note, two other Falcons were recognized for their outstanding play and team leadership over the course of the tournament; Junior Morris Dweck and Sophomore Simone Amkraut were named to the boys and girls Glouberman All-Tournament teams respectively.
Simone Amkraut   Morris Dweck
In the end, the basketball was competitive and the California experience was a most memorable one for each and every Falcon. Creating connections and making memories, that is what events like this are all about and that is where our Falcons truly excel.
Richter & Mugrabi
(The Flatbush Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams are Presented by The Oved Family - the Falcons thank them for their inspiring support!)
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