NORTH PLAINFIELD-- Another solid season is in the bag for the North Plainfield High School basketball team.
The 2016-2017 season wasn’t always easy for the Canucks, but the senior-led team had plenty of high moments, and used that to put forth another respectable year that included earning the top spot in their division. Here’s a recap of how the season went down for the Canucks.
There were plenty of contributors to North Plainfield this year, but one of their biggest forces on the floor was undoubtedly the dynamic duo of Tony Godwin and James Gardner. Godwin proved himself to be a consistent source of offense all season, as the junior guard scored in the double digits in all but three games this year.
Godwin averaged a team-high 15 points per game, and finished the year with a 17-game double digit scoring streak. Gardner, a senior, averaged three steals and nine points in his last year on the team.
The efforts of the duo and the rest of the team allowed the Canucks to go on hot streaks multiple times throughout the year. After opening the season off with dominant wins against Somerville and Bernards, the Canucks rebounded from a loss to go on a five game winning streak. The team later went on a seven game winning streak, all against Skyland Conference competition.
In a repeat of last year’s performance, the Canucks once again made it to the second round of the Somerset County tournament before being ousted by a higher seed. This year, North Plainfield was stonewalled by a tough Rutgers Prep squad, 78-53.
The Canucks run in the Central Jersey Group 2 tournament also went the same way as it did last year. A 21-point outing from Godwin, and 13 points from Ka-Ron Dock helped fifth-seeded North Plainfield secure a 54-44 win over New Providence in the first round of the tournament. A 67-49 defeat at the hands of Manasquan gave the Canucks another second round exit in the state tournament.
North Plainfield finished the year with an 18-7 overall record, and remained on top of the Skyland-Mountain division by going 10-0 against division competition.
North Plainfield will be saying goodbye to a group of seniors who have been a major part of the team for the last few years. Gardner, Ka-Ron Dock, Kahlil Dock, and Brian Robinson are all four year varisty players who will be graduating this year.