In conference action, the Millers Boys’ Basketball team defeated the Shabazz Bulldogs 49-37.
For Millburn, sophomore Ross Gang led all scorers with a 19 point display. After many fans were wondering how coach Rodger Blind would replace the offensive output of 1,000 point scorer Max Jacobs, Gang appears to be ready to take over the reins. Zach Ravitz pitched in 10 points from the center position, in addition to some stingy defense against the Bulldog frontcourt. The junior, who was often paired up with fellow 11th-grade colossus Brandon Perry, has quickly developed into a viable scoring threat for Blind and the rest of the Millburn coaching staff.
On the other side of the ball, Shabazz’s offensive effectiveness ebbed and flowed over the course of the game. After a surprisingly hot start from the three-point line by guards Gerry Falcon and Keyshawn Holston, the Bulldogs benefitted from the entrance of Al-Tarik Harrell into the game. The center was a force in the paint on both ends, certainly leaving his mark on the game. However, especially towards the end, isolation ball became the offensive go-to for Shabazz, and while it worked for some, such as leading scorer Tyree Sorbino (10 points,) it was not an effective enough strategy to overcome the deficit.
Looking ahead, the Millers have a game at West Orange on Thursday, January 21, and get ever closer to postseason action.