BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Despite Gov. Livingston’s promising first quarter, the Highlanders quickly began to unravel in the second as a result of Millburn’s stifling defensive pressure and offensive attacks. This staggering defeat allowed Millburn to advance their record to 14-3, while Gov. Livingston falls to 6-11.
Gov. Livingston got off to a strong start by adding the first points to the scoreboard with a three-point jumpshot from senior guard Billy Pencek. The Highlanders were able to contain Millburn’s star 6’8’’ center Zach Ravitz in the first half of the beginning quarter, allowing Gov. Livingston to claim a 6-1 lead. However, Millburn finally came alive at the end of the quarter as Ravitz began to display his versatility on both ends of the floor with post moves, blocks, rebounds, and a jumper from behind the arc. This allowed Millburn to return to the sidelines with a two-point edge over the Highlanders at the end of the quarter.
In the first half of the second quarter, Millburn looked to extend their lead. With a series of drives and long-range shots, Millburn was able to claim the momentum and ultimately was able to go on a 10-0 run. Within the final minutes of the half, Pencek created an offensive spark with a jumpshot from the wing and a layup. Senior Chas DeAngelis followed with a steal, fueling a defensive surge. However, Millburn continued their persistent offensive execution, which forced the Highlanders to finish the half trailing by twelve.
Although Gov. Livingston was still in a position to mount a resurgence in the second half, the Highlanders were defensively unable to answer the Millburn offensive onslaught. Millburn’s quick ball movement allowed them to shatter the Highlander zone defense. Gov. Livingston Coach Chris Loeffler looked to his bench in hopes of recharging their offense. However, these attempts proved to be futile as Millburn resumed their steady offensive dominance.
Billy Pencek led the Highlanders in scoring with 12 points. Tyler McCulloch poured in 7 while Matt Schuman followed with 4.
Gov. Livingston (6-11) looks to redeem itself as they face-off against their divisional rival Cranford (4-12) at home. Tip off will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Editor's Note: Olivia Machado is a junior at Gov. Livingston High School participating in the TAPinto Berkeley Heights Intern Program. To learn more about writing for TAPinto Berkeley Heights contact firstname.lastname@example.org.