NORTH PLAINFIELD -- The Canucks are inching closer to their fourth-straight Skyland Conference - Mountain Division crown.
After two losses to Rahway and Hackettstown on Jan. 12 and Jan. 14 respectively, the North Plainfield High School varsity boys basketball team returned to their winning way this past week, going 3-0 including winning two on the road versus Mountain Division foes.
The Canucks, under the direction of Reggie Sainte Rose, thumped Belvidere (78-54) and Bernards (64-34), and used a big 29-19 fourth quarter to edge Montgomery at home 66-60.
Winning all three matchups was a big boost for Sainte Rose and his club, who now sit at 10-3 and 7-0 in Skyland - Mountain play.
“It’s not fun losing but in each loss there are lessons. We learned from our mistakes and corrected them during practice,” the coach told TAPinto North Plainfield. “The results are we are playing better. With our seniors leading, there is a sense of urgency. We are playing with a better sense of focus and toughness which has matriculated in a three-game win streak.”
In two of the three games, senior guard Ka-Ron Dock has been the game’s leading scorer, including going off for a career-high 24 points in the win over Montgomery on Saturday. Dock drained two 3-pointers and converted 14 free throws in the game. In the previous game against Bernard’s, Dock netted 17 points. He was the team’s second leading scorer against Belvidere with 11. In fact, the 5-foot-9 four-year varsity member has scored in double figures in the last five contests.
With the scoring outburst, Dock is now the second leading scorer on the team with 121 points so far behind Tony Godwin’s 196, who scored 21 against Belvidere.
And while Dock been getting done on the offensive end, it is his work on the defensive end that is getting him the good looks. Dock has tallied two steals in each of the last three games. North Plainfield likes to get out and run and score on fast breaks, and that is exactly what his and the the team’s defense allows them to do.
“Ka-Ron has been more aggressive especially on the defensive end,” Sainte Rose said. “This leads to offensive transition opportunities where he can flourish in the open court.”
Next up, the Canucks face Pingry at home in a critical divisional matchup on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Pingry is 8-5, 6-1 with their only division loss coming to North Plainfield (43-40) on Jan. 3. The Big Blue are led by junior Mike Webber, who averages 19.7 points per game and L.J. Davidson, who scores 12.75 per game.
“Pingry is a really good team with a great head coach,” Sainte Rose said. “It should be a hard fought game.”