In the second round of the Essex County Tournament, Millburn Boys’ basketball fell 43-40 to Verona, their second loss to the Hillbillies in the span of three days.
For Millburn, the offense never really kicked into gear, as the normally potent pair of Ross Gang and Zach Ravitz were unable to create much of a rhythm. While the two accounted for 27 combined points, those points felt much more laborious than fluid. Other scorers for coach Blind’s team included Sam Bernard and Charlie Levison, who respectively contributed five and four points. Defensively, senior Jake Bank drew the toughest assignment of the night, being opposing point guard Jack Farrell.
Verona, on the other hand, looked to be in control for most of the game from a tempo standpoint. The aforementioned Farrell, a junior three-sport athlete, contributed a game high 15 points for his team, and was aided by Zack Zaccone’s eight points as well. Perhaps more importantly from a strategic standpoint, Verona’s Travis Jocelyn did a tremendous job in making sure Millburn’s Zach Ravitz could never settle in the paint, and the Verona center often received help in doubling down in the post.
Looking ahead, Millburn still looks primed to host a game in the state tournament, and February 26th’s senior night game against Caldwell looms large on the schedule.