LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston High School boys basketball team is looking to become more consistent after a 54-35 loss to Millburn on Saturday continued to show the squad’s Jeckyl and Hyde ways.
“We didn’t keep them contained at all,” said Livingston head coach Brett Bisconti. “The help defense was weak, but we showed fight in the second half, made some adjustments and shot the ball better in the second half.”
Millburn dominated from the start, looking like an all-star squad against The Lancers. Ross Gang torched the Livingston defense with 13 first quarter points as Millburn took an insurmountable 22-0 lead after the first quarter.
“You can’t dig yourself a 22-point hole and then expect to dig yourself out of it,” said Bisconti.
The Lancers continued to struggle into the second quarter as their shots continued to rim out. Livingston finally mustered up its first points of the game at the 5:19 mark of the second quarter. Millburn carried a 32-8 lead into the half.
The Millers made sure there were no thoughts of a Livingston comeback in the second half thanks to Gang’s impressive efforts. Gang disrupted the game on both sides of the ball, finishing with a game-high 24 points for his third consecutive game of 23 points or more.
“[Gang] was fantastic—he moved the ball well, shot the ball well, attacked when he was supposed to,” said Bisconti. “He’s a very cerebral player and all around he played a great game.”
The Lancers broke through with their best scoring run in the fourth quarter as Bisconti utilized a duo of substitute players. Marckenzie Gaillot joined Yazel Enchautegui to send Livingston on an 8-2 scoring run for the Lancers’ best sequence of play for the afternoon. Gaillot was particularly solid, finishing with a team-high 16 points.
“[Gaillot] has played really hard and really smart and has knocked down some shots for us,” said Bisconti.
Livingston’s loss drops the squad to 5-10 on the season, losing three of the team’s last four games. The Lancers will look to rebound as they head to 7-7 Weequahic on Jan. 30 in hopes of avenging an early-season loss.
“We play Weequahic on Tuesday, which should be a good challenge for us and how do we bounce back,” said Bisconti. “We’re very capable of beating Weequahic, we lost to them the first time, but we’re very capable of beating them.”
To see how the girls basketball team faired against Millburn on Saturday, click HERE.