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Maccabi Haifa affiliate Miami Midnites three-peat - Aug 24, 2016


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The Miami Midnites culminated their third season in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA) with a three-peat. The Midnites, the official Minor League affiliate of the 2012-13 Israeli Super League champion Maccabi Haifa basketball team, won their third consecutive FBA championship when they defeated the Space Coast Stars 126-108 on Aug. 14 at the site of their home court, the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie. The Midnites' successful year also include winning the recent first annual Kenny Boynton Celebrity Basketball Tournament hosted by American professional basketball players Josh Howard (6'7''-F-80, college: Wake Forest) and Trevor Booker (6'8''-F-87, college: Clemson) at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach. The team will next play for a good cause when they host the Maccabi Haifa team in a charity game on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach. Proceeds from the game will benefit the charity program Haifa Hoops for Kids, a joint initiative between Maccabi Haifa and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey. Jeffrey Rosen, owner for Maccabi Haifa and the Midnites, stated in an email: "I'm very proud of the success of the Miami Midnites organization." "We're all about building bridges between the U.S. and Israel," Rosen continued. "It's an honor to be able to bring our Maccabi Haifa basketball team from Israel all the way to Miami for a charity game on Oct. 6 to raise donations for our Haifa Hoops for Kids program, which benefits underprivileged and special needs children in Israel." The Midnites, established in 2014, finished the 2016 FBA season with a 9-1 record and have gone a combined 36-2 over three seasons in the league. They also finished as the 2015 American Basketball Association runner-up as they compete year-round in two leagues. Point guard Amir Celestine (6'1''-G-90), who has played with the team for three seasons, said it's an "amazing feeling" to three-peat and attributes the team's success to its "chemistry" among players. "Everyone is family and has bought into the system and we play for each other instead of as individuals," Celestin said. Head Coach Damon Wilcox echoed Celstin's sentiments, noting that the team's chemistry is a key component to its success. "Everyone has bought into the Midnite way and the Midnite way is giving up what you want to do individually and do what's best collectively for the overall good of the team," Wilcox said. At the two-day Kenny Boynton Celebrity Basketball Tournament, the team took home the $10,000 cash prize and went an undefeated 5-0. The tournament hosted 20 teams from Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Celestin, who averaged 16.6 points and 4.4 rebounds over five games in the tournament, said: " I've played in a couple of tournaments before and never really got a chance to win so to play well, go undefeated in the tournament and come out as the winner was great for us."Celestin, who also has experience playing for Maccabi Haifa, is looking forward to playing his former team in the upcoming charity game at Scheck Hillel. "I'm looking forward to that event. Having played on both teams, it's going to be a fun night for me," he said. "It's going to be good to see my former teammates." Wilcox said that this upcoming charity game against the Midnites' parent club is for a "great cause" but also noted: "We're looking forward to it as our next opportunity." "In regards to the Miami Midnites, we're coming to play," Wilcox continued. "This is our next chance for us to get better and that's what we always preach, that it's a new opportunity, but it's always the same formula." Regarding his experience playing for Maccabi Haifa, Celestin said: "It was a wonderful experience to learn about the culture in Israel and everything the country has to offer." "Everyone was amazing," he said regarding Israel. "To me, playing for Maccabi Haifa was great. There was great competition, great coaching staff and great management. It was one of the best experiences of my life."
Courtesy of: sun-sentinel.com   



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