SKILLMAN, N.J. - Sometimes a game is more than just a game, and not just the level of importance such as a playoff matchup; But in life.
In the Coaches Vs. Cancer Showcase at Montgomery High School in Skillman, N.J., the North Plainfield High varsity basketball team took the court against Hackettstown. And although the Canucks fell to the Tigers 70-64 behind 19 points, including 10 free throws by Matt Arcona, this game - and showcase - meant more to North Plainfield head coach Reggie Sainte Rose than just another win or loss to their record.
“t means so much to play in this game," Sainte Rose previously told TAPinto North Plainfield. “So many are affected by this disease. Both my parents who are now in remission had cancer and my college roommate, who I just saw (Thursday), is battling cancer and is at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.
"This means a lot to me personally and to my team who has had family members and friends suffer from this disease. I have had teachers at my school battle and win the fight with cancer. So, we thank Montgomery and coach (Kris) Grundy for inviting us.”
Brandon Rojas aided Arcona netting 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers along the way for Hackettstown, which outscored the Canucks 17-12 in the fourth quarter to pull away after leading by one, 53-52 at the end of the third. Tyler Akers chipped in with nine points and Jack Quinoa added eight.
North Plainfield saw four players score in double digits, including Ka-Ron Dock who scored 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to pull out the win. Docks, brother, Khalil, tallied 13 points, and James Gardner and Tony Godwin recorded 12 points each. Brian Robinson chipped in with seven.
With the win, Hackettstown improves to 6-5, while with the defeat, North Plainfield falls to 7-3. Next up, the Tigers host Wallkill Valley on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., while the Canucks travel to Belvidere.
North Plainfield topped Belvidere 65-50 on Jan. 6.