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Jaspers To Make, Learn History On Ireland Trip

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 07/06/2017
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By Sean Brennan (Riverdale Press)

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It started with a phone call and quickly evolved into what Manhattan College head basketball coach Steve Masiello thinks will be an experience of a lifetime.

The Jaspers are one of four teams selected to participate in the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a two-day tournament on the weekend of Dec. 1. Taking place at the SSE Arena in Northern Ireland's capital, the tournament is held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Changes Life, the Rory McIlroy Foundation and the SSE Arena.

“We got a phone call from our commissioner asking if we'd be interested in taking Manhattan to Ireland,” Masiello said. “I said, ‘Absolutely. It sounds like a great experience. Give me the details.'”

Going to Ireland is exciting enough. But learning about the other teams participating made it something Masiello really couldn't wait for — Holy Cross, LaSalle University and Towson University. 

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