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Basketball Tournament Goes International

The MacArthur boys basketball team recently served as international hosts to a group of Danish competitors, while defeating a neighborhood rival in this year’s Jeff Shaw Memorial Basketball Tournament. The four-team tournament is held each year, in memory of Jeffrey Shaw, a Levittown electrician who was working on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower on Sept. 11, 2001—the four-team tournament 


For the first time in the tournament’s history, MacArthur invited a high school from outside the United States to compete. Hjemly Sports Boarding School of Ringe, of Denmark, joined the Generals as well as Division Avenue and Massapequa squads in the four-team tourney.During the competition, the Danish students spent two nights with families of the MacArthur players and attended classes with the students. 


“Our students are really happy to be here,” Hjemly assistant coach Per Rasmussen wrote in a message to the Danish players’ families during the stay. “As one of them said, ‘They’re looking at us and treat us as stars.’”


In the first round of the tournament, on Dec. 4, MacArthur kick-started its season by defeating Division Avenue 59-41. Senior point guard Tom McAndrew scored a game high with 12 points in the victory. 


Tom McAndrew scored a game-high 12 points in the victory. Junior forward Greg Baumstein and senior forward Tom Melendez added nine points apiece. Brian Perez, Greg Schachter, Jared Wolfe, Tom Epp and Paul DeMartino all netted their first varsity points.


Massapequa would go on to beat MacArthur, 68-36, a day later in the championship game.