MARTINSVILLE, NJ - Tony Godwin continues to get it done on the hardwood.
The junior guard for the North Plainfield High School varsity boys basketball team netted a game-high 12 points to lead the Canucks to a 43-40 victory over Pingry for their second consecutive victory.
Godwin, the team’s leading scorer with 72 points on the year (14.4 per game), made four baskets from the floor and a team-high four free throws.
“He is poise. He plays both ends of the court. He is two dimensional with an inside presence and a great stroke,” Canucks head coach Reggie Sainte Rose said of Godwin. “He creates match-up problems in our favor which is nice to have.”
Right behind Godwin was backcourt mate James Gardner, who also put up double figures with 10 points. The senior received praise from Sainte Rose as well.
“(Gardner) fills up the stat sheet with assists, rebounds, scoring, and will usually cover the other team’s best player. He averages 10 points, eight assists, five steals, and seven rebounds a game,” Sainte Rose said.
North Plainfield was up, 19-16, at the half, and outscored the Big Blue, 14-8, in the third quarter to take a 33-24 lead. But, Pingry, fueled by three players in double digits -- LJ Davidson with 11 points, and Zach Keller and Mike Weber with 10 each -- made a comeback in the fourth outscoring the Canucks, 16-10.
“Pingry did not give up and hit big shots,” said Sainte Rose. “We missed some foul shots and they were able to capitalize on our mistakes. We played tough defense and hit big shots against a tough team.
With the win, North Plainfield improves to 4-1, 2-0 on the season and is now in first place in the Skyland Conference - Mountain Division. As for Pingy, the Big Blue drop to 4-2 and travels to Belvidere on Thursday.
The Canucks hit the road again to play Manville at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday before returning to the confines of their home gymnasium for a make-up game with Belvidere on Friday at 3:45 p.m.