BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Bloomfield Boys Varsity Basketball got back in the win column in decisive fashion after a 48-28 victory over Millburn Millers on Thursday afternoon at Bloomfield High School.
After a heartbreaking 52-51 loss to Barringer on Tuesday, Bloomfield started slow Thursday in this Super Essex Conference - Liberty Division match-up against Millburn as the Millers out-hustled the Bengals to a 16-14 lead after the first quarter.
Bloomfield went on an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, as Millburn didn’t score a basket until 6:32 into the quarter. It would be Millburn’s only points of the quarter, as the Bengals led 22-18 at halftime.
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Bloomfield held Millburn to only 2 points again in the third quarter, outscoring the Millers 10-2 to lead 32-20 after three quarters.
The Bengals doubled-up Millburn 16-8 in the fourth quarter, as the final 20-point margin of victory for Bloomfield marked their biggest lead of the game.
“Millburn is young, scrappy, their coach does a really good job, they’re very well-schooled and they are really difficult to play against,” Coach Passero told TAP after the victory. “They play a style you don’t see a lot – it’s a different game and it’s hard to adjust at times, but I think our kids did a good job of eventually adjusting as we played a little bit of zone at the end which slowed the pace of the game down giving Millburn 20 and 30-second possessions which was in our favor because even if they scored 2 points, our lead was already substantial.”
Senior Tochi Anyanwu led all scorers with 13 points for Bloomfield, while junior Vinny Torrisi had 7 points and senior William Robinson had 6 points.
“Our kids adjusted (after the first quarter), they were feeling it out and for whatever reason –maybe they weren’t as dialed in to as they should have been to begin the game, so it was nothing we did as a staff,” Passero explained. “Our kids decided they needed to make a change and go with what the game-plan was and just go ahead and execute it.”
With the win, Bloomfield improves to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in the division. Millburn falls to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the division.
“We are getting better defensively, we’re in better spots and we’re getting better help, so that’s been growth since opening night,” said Passero. “But I think a lot of it is experience – situations are starting to slow down a little bit for us and our composure is getting better with that game experience.”
The Bengals return to action when they host highly-ranked Newark East Side in a non-division meeting this Saturday, January 12 at 1:00 pm at Bloomfield High School. The Red Raiders are 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC American Division.
“Our schedule is tough – East Side is going to be the third team that we play in the Top 20 and they’re #5 in the state,” Passero added. “It’s a great test, they are well coached, very disciplined and they really do everything right as a program, so we’re just going to come in and play and compete for four quarters and see what happens.”
Meanwhile, Bloomfield Girls Varsity Basketball continued their strong play and defeated Millburn 51-44 on Thursday afternoon in a SEC Liberty Division contest at Millburn High School.
That’s two consecutive wins for the girls following a 56-35 triumph over Montclair on Tuesday at Montclair High School.
The Bengal girls improve to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the division. Millburn falls to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the division.
The girls return to the court when they travel to West Essex High School in North Caldwell for a non-division tilt this Saturday, January 12 at 1:00 pm. The Knights are 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the SEC Colonial Division.
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