NORTH PLAINFIELD -- For the third consecutive year, the North Plainfield High School varsity boys basketball team will be playing in the quarterfinals of Central Jersey, Group 2 tournament.

The gas that makes the car go, Tony Godwin, made four 3-pointers, five free-throws, and two more 2-point buckets for game-high 21 to lead the fifth-seeded Canucks over 12th-seeded New Providence, 54-44, in the first round of the CJG2 tournament in North Plainfield. The junior also grabbed four rebounds, dished our four assists, and notched two steals.

What made the game so interesting was the fact that these two teams met just a few weeks ago on Feb. 11, with North Plainfield coming out on top 65-50.

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“It’s good to see who we are facing in the state tournament,” Canucks’ head coach Reggie Sainte-Rose told TAPinto New Providence after the “preview” matchup. “...If we play hard, hopefully we’ll come out on top.”

They did.

Ka-Ron Dock also reached double figures netting 13 points, making two triples along the way with a team-high five assists and two steals for North Plainfield. Dock’s twin brother, Khalil, recorded a team-high four steals and as a team, the Canucks totaled 12 takeaways which allowed them to get out in transition like they have all season long.

James Gardner tallied five points, six boards, three assists, and two steals and Jason Okali had eight points and eight rebounds.

For New Providence (12-12), Greg Myers drained six shots from the behind arc to finish with a team-high 19 points. Dylan Bedder and Brian Kelly totaled eight and seven points as well on the night.

With the win, North Plainfield (18-6) advances to quarterfinals where they travel to face fourth-seeded Manasquan on Wednesday.

The Warriors are 17-10 and had a four-game win streak snapped by NJ.com Top 20 member Mater Dei in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals a couple days ago. Manasquan nearly beat top-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven on Feb. 4, but was edged 65-54.

Devin Jensen scored 29 points and pulled down seven rebounds to help Manasquan top 13th-seeded Robbinsville in their first round matchup last night. Jensen hit six shots from behind the arc while teammate Brian Paturzo chipped in with another 15 points.

North Plainfield will have to contain Jensen, who scores 22.1 points per game. Look for Gardner to follow the senior around. In comparison, Godwin nets 15.8 per contest.

The key for the Canucks will be to not get rattled on the road. Defense carries. Like Sainte-Rose said a few weeks back, the seniors and the team have been playing with a sense of urgency. They know what is at stake. Experience in the postseason is also invaluable.

Whoever is victorious in that game will meet the winner of Rumson-Fair Haven and ninth-seeded Delran on Friday.

Box Score

Team

1

2

3

4

Final

North Plainfield (18-6)

0

0

0

0

54

New Providence (12-12)

0

0

0

0

44

North Plainfield Team Stats

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

0

0

0

0

North Plainfield Player Stats

Player

2pt

3pt

FT

Total Points

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

Ka-Ron Dock

2

2

3

13

0

5

0

2

Khalil Dock

2

0

0

4

1

2

0

4

James Gardner

1

1

0

5

6

3

0

2

Tony Godwin

2

4

5

21

4

4

0

2

Jason Okali

4

0

0

8

8

0

0

0

Tyler Mixson

0

1

0

3

2

0

0

1

Xavier Underwood

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

Brian Robinson

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

Rashad Graham

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Total:

11

8

8

54

26

14

0

12

New Providence Team Stats

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

0

0

0

0

New Providence Player Stats

Player

2pt

3pt

FT

Total Points

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

Jack Barletta

2

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

Dylan Bedder

3

0

2

8

0

0

0

0

Will Faucher

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

Brian Kelly

1

1

2

7

0

0

0

0

Greg Meyers

0

6

1

19

0

0

0

0

Sean Dillon

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Patrick Trezza

2

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

Jonathan Romeo

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Thomas Mickel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total:

8

7

7

44

0

0

0

0