MILLBURN, NJ — Off of a successful 7-3 inaugural season, the Millburn fifth grade boys travel basketball team is gearing up for a big playoff contest tomorrow against Livingston's fifth grade squad.
Their stellar play this season clinched them the number three seed in the playoffs. Millburn was led during the regular season by its top 2 leading scorers, Chace Redler and Leo Dalton. The two were "the engine that got the train moving" day in and day out, according to fifth grade head coach Rob Dasti.
As Dasti admitted, he had some nerves about coaching the team at the start of the season, but those fears were quickly allayed.
"I was a little nervous going in to this basketball season seeing how it’s the first travel basketball team I’ve ever coached," Dasti said "However, these boys have made it an absolute pleasure. I am grateful to them and their parents for that."
Millburn did have a chance at the number one seed, but a bad week with multiple kids coming down with the flu left them short-handed and led to them dropping two games later in the year.
As a result, the team needed to win their final regular season game against West Essex to get into the playoffs. The boys did just that, going up early by 20+ points and never looking back.
Now, the focus turns to the playoffs, as Millburn battles Livingston for a berth in the fifth grade finals. Speaking with TAPinto, Dasti said he was looking for a lot of support from the Millburn faithful against Livingston, a well-coached team who Millburn was able to just beat earlier in the year at home by a score of 36-33.
"I ask the Millburn community to come show their support Wednesday night for the boys in our town’s first playoff game for fifth grade travel basketball," Dasti said. "The more support the better as I am sure Livingston will pack the stands for what should be a thrilling youth basketball game."
The semi-finals will be played tomorrow, Feb. 12 @ 7:15 p.m. The game will be at Livingston High School.