Each year, Millburn High School’s Intramural Basketball League Championship is one of the most anticipated sporting events. Each game is filled with drama, suspense, and excitement to keep the crowd on their feet. This year’s final was no exception. With two heavyweight teams competing, that dominated the league throughout the whole season, fans were expecting a thriller. Led by explosive guard Jeff Plump, the BMS Goats came into yesterday’s game with the number one seed. However, Nick Ryan’s Monstars were far from the underdog as the second seed for the tournament.
The Monstars started off the game strong by winning the tip, marching down, and scoring the first bucket of the game thanks to Brandon “Judge Fudge” Yates. However this strong start was not enough to hold off an 11-0 run by the Goats that lasted the next 9 minutes. The Goats were able to slow down star point guard Ryan Adelman, who turned the ball over multiple times to start the game. Additionally the crowd and bench were doing whatever they could to get into Adelman’s head by shouting at him. There was even a point when Adelman airballed one possession, and he was later met with chants of ‘AIR BALL’ each time he touched the ball. Eventually the Monstars were able to fight their way back into the game as the first half came to a close, with a score of 19-9.
With the Goats leading at the half, they looked to keep the pressure on, however, neither team was able to score for the first three minutes of the second half. As the game progressed, each team traded baskets, and then, with about 13 minutes left in the game, Jeff Plump scored what appeared to be the dagger. On a fast break, Plump streaked ahead of the defense to receive the ball, and with pressure in his face from the Monstar’s Luc Siguad, he contorted his body to score on a ridiculous reverse layup.
As the game came to its close, the Monstars somehow found a way to fight their way back within 6, but there was not enough time to be of any real threat to the Goat’s. Without feeling any pressure at all, the Goats held off the comeback bid by stretching the lead to to 13, and leading to the final score of 38-25.
Studio 462 would go on to name Jeff Plump the player of the game following his dominant 16 point performance. Plump flashed his athleticism with many highlight plays that some college players would not be able to make. The Goats also received good production from Mike Garawtz and Perry Schwartz, who scored 10 and 6 respectively. Sophomore prodigy Ben Pampush and Senior Matt Jacob led the Monstars with 7 points apiece.
Next year’s intramural season should be interesting, considering the Goats are graduating 7 star players and 2 coaches, opening the door for almost anyone to win the 2016 Championship.