Millburn Boys Basketball Sinks Nutley 52-39


Millburn, NJ- The Millburn Millers bounced back from a heartbreaking loss against Verona and defeated Nutley 52-39 in a dominating victory. Zach Ravitz led the way with 21 points and a handful of blocks and steals, while Charlie Levison added 14, and Ross Gang chipped in 11. Millburn, playing in the Colonial Division, has a significantly harder schedule than the Raiders, and their experience showed today as the Millers came prepared. The Millers were fired up before this one even started as many of the players wanted to shake off the one point loss to Verona, and get revenge on these Raiders from last year's 47-44 loss here in Millburn.

The game couldn't have had a better start for the Millers, forcing two turnovers on the Raiders' first two possessions and capitalizing on the other end, including a Zach Ravitz dunk in transition. Millburn expanded the lead to 8-0 with the Raiders committing four turnovers in the first five minutes of the game. Finally, sophomore Marty Higgins drained a Steph Curry-like 3. The big story in the first quarter was the shot selection from the two teams. Millburn feasted in the paint as they usually do, and no one was big enough to defend Ravitz. Because of Ravitz's blocks early in the game, the Raiders were afraid to shoot inside and they settled for long 3 pointers. The Raiders began to hit their deep shots and ended the first quarter down 13-8, with Higgins scoring all the Raiders' points.

The script flipped in the second quarter where the Raiders tried so hard to prevent any buckets inside that they let the Millburn shooters rip it from downtown. They gladly accepted the challenge and scored 15 points in that quarter, all from beyond the arc. Matt Schettino, a senior who scored 25 points in last year's game between these two teams, was held scoreless through a quarter and a half until he drained a 3 pointer in transition. The same story played out with Millburn's leading scorer Ross Gang. He was held to  3 points entering the break but ended the game strong. Millburn led 28-20 at the half. Ravitz had 14 points entering the third quarter.

Sign Up for E-News

Zach Ravitz asserted his dominance once again in the third quarter, quickly scoring five straight points for the Millers to begin the second half including his fourth 3 pointer of the game, which matched his season total entering today. The Raiders doubled Ravitz at all times when he had the ball, and that stopped the scoring from Ravitz, but it opened the scoring for the rest of the Millburn guards including Levison, Gang and Adam Liu. Because of the double teaming, the Millers scored uncontested layups through great ball movement. The Millers went to the free throw line for the first time in the third quarter and Ross Gang made both foul shots. On the other side of the court, the offensive struggles continued for the Raiders, as they hoisted deep 3 point shots that couldn't find the bottom of the net. Turnovers were the story of the game, as the Millers intercepted forced passes. The Millers doubled their lead to 43-27 at the end of the third quarter.

To start the final period, the Raiders committed back to back turnovers, including a backcourt violation. Gang hit a number of shots in the paint to expand the Millburn lead. Although Millburn was outscored in the frame, they won the game and advanced to 9-1 and a three-way tie for the division lead with Bloomfield and Orange. Nutley dropped to 5-4. 

Millburn travels to face division rival West Essex for a second time this season on Tuesday. Millburn won 43-34 against them on opening night.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Video: Scoutmaster Ken Fineran Street Dedication Ceremony

May 21, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn Township and Boy Scout Troop 17 of St. Rose of Lima honored the life and accomplishments of late Scoutmaster Kenneth W. Fineran on Sunday, May 20. Troop 17 Scouts, in conjunction with Millburn Township and St. Rose of Lima Church.

Millburn Student's Bike Stolen, Millburn Police Investigating

June 12, 2018

On June 5, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Tavares responded to the Louis Vuitton store at The Mall at Short Hills on a theft report. Louis Vuitton personnel report a black male with dread locks wearing a black t-shirt, red shorts, black leggings, and white/red sneakers took two pairs of sunglasses valued at $870.00 and left the store without making payment. The incident is under investigation by ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 12, 2018

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by prominent ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, June 19, 7:30 PM

Town Hall - Committee Room, Millburn

Township Committee Meeting


Tue, June 19, 7:45 PM

Education Center, Millburn

Millburn Board of Education Meeting

Fri, June 22, 8:00 PM

Education Center, West Orange

Night Moves: Evening Guided Zoo Tours

Education Other


Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM


MakerFest 2018

NCJW/Essex Hosts The Five Stages of Career Transition with Motivational Speaker Frederica Peterson

June 18, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Frederica Peterson, Motivational Speaker and Career Coach, MA, CPC, ELI-MP, engaged nearly 50 women at the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women about moving forward in one’s career and in life. Peterson examined how many women feel stuck and trapped in negative thoughts, but how with the right mindset it’s possible to ...

Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee Looking to Fill District Leader Spots

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee is stronger than ever and proudly represents itself along with Essex County Executive Joseph Di Vincenzo and newly re-elected Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones at the Essex County Democratic Reorganization meeting.

The local committee currently has a recorded 29 of 32 District Leader spots filled. We have a female ...

Canada Goose Retail Expansion Includes The Mall at Short Hills


From the Temperate West Coast to the Cool North East: Set to Open in Vancouver, Short Hills, and Montréal


TORONTO, ON – Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GOOS, TSX: GOOS), today announced the next phase of its global retail expansion, opening three stores this fall in Short ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...