NORTH PLAINFIELD - The North Plainfield High School varsity boys basketball team continued their strong 2016-17 season with a convincing 40-point, 64-24 triumph over South Hunterdon Regional High School Tuesday afternoon in North Plainfield.
With the win over their fellow Skyland Conference - Mountain Division foe, the Canucks improve to 7-1, 5-0 while the Eagles fall to 1-8, 1-4.
Senior guard James Gardner led a balanced North Plainfield attack with 12 points, as the Canucks scooted out to a 20-5 lead after the first quarter, and led 29-13 at the half. Gardner is third on the team in scoring with 8.75 points per game.
The Canucks came out strong after halftime, outscoring South Hunterdon 20-6 in the third and 15-5 in the fourth. Head coach Reggie Sainte Rose likes his team to play pressure defense to cause havoc and get buckets in transition and start fast. That is exactly what they did and have done so far this winter.
Brandon Smith added nine points and Randolph Hunter chipped in eight for North Plainfield, which is ranked No. 6 in the Skyland Conference No. 9 in Group 2 according to NJ.com. Khalil Dock and Tony Godwin both netted seven apiece and Brian Robinson recorded six points in the game as well.
South Hunterdon will look to get back into the win column on Thursday night at Delaware Valley (4-3) in Frenchtown while North Plainfield travels to Rahway (5-1) for a 4:00 p.m. tipoff for the first of three straight road contest.
The Indians are led sophomore Zion Pendleton and junior Keyshawn Cummings.