MILLBURN, NJ - Last night, the sixth grade Millburn Travel Basketball team showed why they are one of the most talented teams in the area.
Faced with a first round playoff matchup at Millburn High School, the Millers took a hold of the game early, and dominated throughout, winning 52-27, and improving to 10-3 in league play. Millburn is now one game away from reaching the finals of the Suburban League, played the week of February 24.
The team was led by their big men, Ben Teague, who posted another double double, and Kayden Akwaboah, who had a career high 12 blocks.
The shooting of Chase Plotkin and Nathan Scheck paced the scoring, combining for 5 three pointers, and the three headed point guard attack controlled the pace of the game, led by Luke Greenseid's ability to get to the basket, Oli Becker's relentless defense, and Cassidy Berger's passing and setting up teammates.
Speaking of passing, Wade Schmell showed off his incredible vision with several fantastic assists, and Ryder Rabinowitz, Parker Justice, and Luke Betlow all chipped in with solid play and great defense while Charlie Krasnove came off the bench to clean up the glass and knock down his free throws.
Next up is rival Maplewood in the semifinals, who beat Millburn earlier in the year in a close game, and who poses a big challenge for the Millburn team.
Coach Ross Alpert said it best after last night's game, " When we play our game, we can play with anyone."
The team has come together really nicely, and gaining huge support from the town. Whether on the team's Instagram page (@millburnbasketball2026) or their off the court activities, this team is one to watch as they get older and grow together. You can come watch and root the team on Wednesday night at Maplewood Middle School at 6:00 p.m.