CALDWELL, NJ — After not playing for over a week and dealing with various kids being sick/coming back from illness, Millburn fifth grade boys travel basketball played a road game against a very tough and talented Caldwell squad, which they won 32-25.
Caldwell was much fighting for a top three seed and Millburn was fighting to keep their hopes for first place alive.
According to head coach Robert Dasti, the game started out slow on the offensive side for both teams as both defensives were staying strong and well-disciplined.
Leo Dalton scored the first five points of the game for Millburn with a three-pointer and followed and a strong drive and finish at the hoop.
That five-point margin would hold until late in the third quarter when Caldwell took a 23-21 lead. Millburn then responded thanks to two-way play from Chace Redler and a strong showing off the bench by Drew Rothman, which sparked a late game run by the Millers.
Early in the fourth Millburn was able to capitalize on turnovers and scores in transition. After some clutch defensive rebounds by Holden Cohn, Brandon Rey, Nick Ferraro and Quinn Barkley, Millburn pulled away to win
Top performers for the game: Chace Redler: 7 steals 11 points. Leo Dalton 9 points. Drew Rothman 4 points 4 steals 5 rebounds.
Millburn will play current first place and undefeated Maplewood-South Orange Today, Jan. 23 @ 8:00 p.m. in the Millburn High School Auxiliary Gym. The winner will most likely secure first place and home court throughout the playoffs.