LINDEN, NJ — Plainfield’s boys basketball team has had what one could call a remarkable off-season. On Tuesday, the Cardinals beat Roselle Catholic 76-60 in Linden for the 2019 Prestige Patriots championship title.
Plainfield won the title in 2018. This year, the team is playing in the fall league without some key players due to football commitments, but that has not stopped them from reaching the championship, according to fall league coach Chet Johnson. "They have managed to reach the finals, but we are not where we need to be defensively,” Johnson said, “but I know the coaches will correct that the Monday after Thanksgiving.”
Fellow fall league coach Antwan Johnson has worked with the Cardinals for well over 30 years. He said Tuesday, "I told the kids that we have to defend, that's Plainfield basketball, we not here to ball, we here to battle!"
The team has been led by sophomore Jamarques Lawrence, and juniors DaRon Montgomery and Jashaun "Twin" Hill; the three also played varsity basketball last season.
Lawrence was named MVP of Tuesday’s title game, scoring over 40 points.
The Cardinals have over six varsity level basketball players playing football. Plainfield Varsity Coach Mike Gordon said, "We encourage our guys to play football because it brings size, toughness and experience coming off the football field.”
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