MILLBURN, NJ -- The Livingston boys basketball team spent most of the game chasing Millburn Thursday night.
Millburn established an arm's length lead on Livingston early, and the Lancers spent the rest of the game hanging close, but never unleashing the kind of extended run that was needed in a contest won by the Millers, 50-39.
Millburn (5-4) outscored Livingston, 17-10, in the fourth quarter to finally pull away in a game that was, for the most part, a contest between two disciplined and deliberate halfcourt offenses.
With Millburn holding a 14-12 lead early in the second quarter, the Millers went on a 10-4 run to open a 24-16 lead. Evan Goldenstein, who finished with 13 points, sank four of six free throws in the final 1:02 of the first half for the Lancers, who went into the break trailing, 26-20.
A six-point hole might not seem too deep in most basketball games, but one played at a slower pace like Thursday's contest puts each possession at more of a premium. While Livingston found some success working its weave offense for layups and backdoor opportunities, the Millers were the more productive team from long range, hitting seven 3-pointers while Livingston had just two 3s in the contest.
Senior guard Abe Rimatzki finished with a game-high 16 points for Livingston (4-6), whose only lead of the first half was 6-4 after Rimatzki's first 3-pointer.