Sports

Boys Basketball: Millburn Rallies to Beat Bloomfield Tech, 46-45; Gang Passes 1,000 Points

24a584dbdcec07f7b6a4_IMG_3636.JPG
Ross Gang goes up for layup vs. Bloomfield Tech. Credits: Guy Kipp
2cc102e55d0c0edeafae_IMG_3629__2_.JPG
Ross Gang releases the foul shot that was the 1,000th point of his career. Credits: Guy Kipp
78a27244109419581f95_IMG_3611__2_.JPG
Matt Bernstein (10) Credits: Guy Kipp
eb45df7c709def721e4d_IMG_3639__2_.JPG
Ethan Fine (5)
f84ca07d57da21810860_IMG_3626__2_.JPG
Joe Blum Credits: Guy Kipp
af9e2bc99aae5b5bbffa_IMG_3625.JPG
Bryan Levy (25) Credits: Guy Kipp
d922a735db9e2b99d9b9_IMG_3617__2_.JPG

MILLBURN, NJ - Bryan Levy scored on a layup off an inbounds play with 2.6 seconds left to give Millburn a 46-45 boys basketball victory over Bloomfield Tech Saturday afternoon.

Millburn senior center Ross Gang, who finished with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds, scored his 1,000th career point on a foul shot with 28.4 seconds left in the first half.

Millburn (10-1) rallied from a 10-point deficit early in the third quarter and actually had a four-point lead midway through the fourth quarter before Bloomfield Tech (7-2) took a 45-44 lead on foul shot with 34 seconds left.

Sign Up for E-News

On an inbounds play on the baseline that started with six seconds left and the Millers trailing by a point, Levy inbounded to Matt Bernstein. With Gang, the first option on the play, well guarded, Bernstein shoveled the ball back to the inbounder, Levy, who banked in a short layup from the right box to give Millburn a 46-45 lead. It was Bernstein's fifth assist of the game.



"They (Bloomfield Tech) overplayed me and Matt got to the ball on the inbound," Gang explained of the game-winning sequence. "My teammates executed really well on that (final) play."

Although Millburn had won nine of its first 10 games this season, Saturday's showdown with Bloomfield Tech represented the Millers' toughest test so far and a chance to make a statement. But early in the third quarter, Bloomfield Tech opened a 35-25 lead and looked poised to pull away with an emphatic statement of its own.



"At the end of the first half, we had switched to a 2/3 defense," said Gang, whose Millers trailed by six at the break. "At the start of the third quarter, we were getting beaten on dribble penetration, so we changed up and started to trap the corners, got some turnovers and started to get some momentum back."

Millburn closed out the quarter with a 12-3 spurt started by Joe Blum's baseline jumper and featuring eight points from Gang, who scored three baskets in transition and another on an impressive drop-step spin move on the baseline in the run, which was capped by Levy's driving bucket with 1:22 left in the third quarter to bring Millburn within a point, 38-37.

Gang is the ninth player in Millburn boys basketball history to score more than 1,000 career points. He has 1,010 now.

Another nifty spin move by Gang down low for a basket early in the fourth quarter gave Millburn its first lead of the game, and the Millers eventually built a 44-40 cushion with 4:00 left after Ethan Fine came off the bench to spark the team with a pair of driving baskets.

"Bloomfield Tech is probably the top team in the division besides us," Gang said of the Super Essex Conference American Division. "They're very well-coached, and this was a big game. We will definitely see them again this season."

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Merry Christmas from TAPinto Millburn-Short Hills

December 24, 2017

MILLBURN, NJ - The staff at TAPinto Millburn-Short Hills wish all our readers who celebrate a Merry Christmas.  

Macys Hit with Two Attempted Thefts in Two Days

January 2, 2018

On December 26, 2017 Millburn Police Officers Royce and Aliotta responded to the Newark Police Department on a warrant arrest. Rajahn Ferrell, age 22 out of Hillside, was placed under arrest on outstanding criminal warrants and remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

On December 27, 2017 Millburn Police Officer Wichelns responded to Macys on a theft report. Macys personnel report ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute – Winter Weather Edition

On this episode of AtlantiCast Medical Minute, learn how to take the fight to Old Man Winter, while staying safe! Learn some winter health tips with Anthony Brutico, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Newton Medical Center.

 

NJSIAA: Bills Grant Super Powers to 20 Schools; Upcoming Vote Puts Kids at Risk

January 4, 2018

As a 100-year-old, independent, private, and voluntary non-profit association serving the needs of 435 public and non-public high schools and nearly 300,000 student athletes, we have an unwavering commitment to promoting and protecting education-based interscholastic athletics. At our core, we are committed to ensuring a safe and competitive environment, while also enhancing the educational ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_cceb92206244600681a5_img_5040

Thu, January 18, 8:00 AM

Short Hills

Block Advisors: Tax Talk with Millburn-Short ...

Carousel_image_dfb638e16913fed3fcc5_491a244e964b8d24622d_best_crop_25bab252d5431373764a_img_1100_2x

Sun, January 21, 11:00 AM

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Long Valley

Prospective Camp Families are Invited to an Open ...

Giving Back Green Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_f26368aa9b02b695afce_3fc10d7c6037ec8915fb_0952ca79b18478625c5395f2431688f1

Mon, January 22, 7:45 PM

Education Center, Millburn

Millburn Board of Education Meeting

Carousel_image_da450e4c5d27b4778df7_f126914fd8bc492f9896_e529aa_954c95fe9b46431c9b528c7d2c5db041

Wed, January 24, 2:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Beginning Mindfulness Meditation Series at ...

Health & Wellness

Millburn Fire Department Accepting Car, House Donations for Training

January 17, 2018

As tax season approaches, the Millburn Fire Department is reminding the community that the Fire Department accepts donations of old cars and is also seeking houses to be used for firefighter training exercises. Car donations are tax-deductible. 

The Fire Department uses old cars to practice vehicle extrication, which is the process of gaining access to a victim who is trapped inside a ...

Red Cross Blood Shortage Prompts Urgent Call for Donations

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet ...

Brain Cancer Study Opens at Overlook Medical Center - One of Four Sites in Country

Kurt Jaeckle, MD, co-director of the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Overlook Medical Center, and medical director of the Atlantic Center for Research, is leading a phase III study of novel drug VAL-083, which has already shown promise in Glioblastoma and other cancers.  The study is for patients whose glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma has progressed during or after treatment ...