MILLBURN, NJ — In a span of 16 minutes, The Millburn Boys Basketball team's ice-cold shooting performance was the difference in a 57-36 loss to orange Tuesday afternoon.
A combination of factors led to the Millers scoring only five total points across the second and third quarters, a slump that allowed Orange to take the lead after Millburn finished the first quarter up 21-13.
Benjy Goldberg led all Millers scorers with eight points in the contest. Jayson Levy, Zach Evenchick and Nick Cundey all had six points.
Millburn Head Coach pat Leonardis said that after a successful first quarter, he felt the team settle in and get complacent.
"I told them at the end of the first quarter, 'We played a great first quarter, we've got to continue doing what we're doing,'" Leonardis said. "And then we settled back a little bit, didn't settle in a comfortable zone. We just kind of settle back, relying on the distance of score, and I think we got too comfortable at times."
Leonardis continued, "We weren't as aggressive as we were in the first quarter. We weren't as patient offensively, and the lead just started to dwindle a bit, and we started to panic a little bit. Unfortunately they went on a couple-point run from there."
He also said that when the team got complacent, they stopped looking for opportunities that were there in the second quarter.
Millburn takes on Livingston in a road matchup this Thursday. When asked about what the team needs to do for a different result from that game, Leonardis said it all came down to being able to move past their performance from this game.
"We've got to clean the slate," Leonardis said. "We've got 48 hours to play. We have another very good team. Our schedule doesn't get easy at all, and they're going to be ready for us. it's their home court, their home game, and we've just got to be able to clean our minds, clean the slate, have a great practice [Wednesday], and see what happens Thursday."
Millburn Takes on Livingston on the road tomorrow. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.