NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - After enduring a scoring drought of more than eight minutes in its previous game and winning anyway, the Bernards boys basketball team flaunted plenty of offensive spark Tuesday night.
Tony Godwin of North Plainfield (5-8) led all scorers with 31 points but the Mountaineers took control with a long, sustained run in the second quarter and went on to a 67-49 victory over North Plainfield. Godwin scored his 1000th career point earlier this month.
Kyle Levine scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in the second quarter for Bernards (10-3), which broke the game open after North Plainfield had tied it, 14-14, early in the period. Bernards ran off 12 straight points as part of a larger 23-2 run to break the contest wide open.
Ryan Tantleff fed Alex Kotwick for a driving layup to start the flurry before Kotwick assisted on a layup by Cubby Schuller. Levine dropped in a 3-pointer from the left corner, sank a pair of foul shots, and then buried another trey to give the Mountaineers a 26-14 lead.
North Plainfield stopped the bleeding with a basket, only to see Bernards run off 11 more unanswered points for a 37-16 lead. Five different Mountaineers scored in that stretch, which was capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Phil Mahlik and Ryan Dorre.
Owen Loughlin finished with 15 points and Kotwick had 12 points and seven assists for Bernards, which had defeated Group 4 Ridge on Saturday, 32-23, despite going scoreless for more than eight consecutive minutes in that contest. Cubby Schuller was a force on the boards and underneath and finished with nine points in the victory.
Bernards, which has won five games in a row, completed a regular-season sweep of North Plainfield, whom the Mountaineers beat, 51-41, in December.