LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Millburn High School boy’s basketball team started their 2013-2014 campaign on the road against Newark Academy on Friday night. The Millers came out on top and defeated the Minutemen by a score of 52 to 41.
The Millers took an early 9-point lead and continued their early start by finishing the first quarter over the Newark Academy, 18 to 4. Guard Aidan Favia fueled much of the first quarter lead with two three-point shots. The Millers sustained the surge and ended the second quarter up 29 to 15.
Newark academy came back cutting the deficit to only 9 Points to start the fourth quarter. Newark Academy's Sam Wood ignited the crowd by slamming down a dunk to end the third quarter. The Minutemen continued the trend by cutting the Miller’s’ large deficit to only a four point margin. Despite this, Millburn perceived with valiant efforts from guards Aidan Favia, who had 16 points, and Ben Kizel, who had 12 points and helped drive the millers to victory.
After the game, Kizel said, “I felt that we were very prepared going into today’s game. I also feel as if we executed well on both offense and defense. Max Jacobs and Aidan Favia had great performances and Aidan especially stepped up to give us energy. Hopefully we can continue to find success throughout the season.
Sophomore Jake Bank had his first varsity experience on Friday Night and got a taste of what the future may hold for his basketball career. Bank said, “When I heard coach call me I was surprised and I wanted to go out there and execute on all facets of the game and set the bar high in my high school career-opener.”
The Newark Academy Minutemen didn’t have quite enough to win the game but had many top contributors that allowed them to keep a close game. Gebereal Baitey put up 14 points for the Minutemen, which includes two three-pointers. Eric Szlosek also had a nice performance as he contributed 9 points.
Overall, the Millers looked like a well-prepared team on Friday night and hope to keep the streak alive as they head into the rest of their season. The Millers will host Montclair Kimberly at home on Monday as they crave their second win of the year.
After the game, Millburn head coach, Roger Blind said, “I thought we started off well with a 9-point lead. Aidan really helped us early and got off to a hot start. We got a little winded in the second quarter and need to work on our free throws, which was one of our weaknesses tonight.”