South Plainfield’s Williams Does It Again By Leading GMC in Points Per Game
|Lamont Williams of South Plainfield goes up for a layup against the Academy for Urban Leadership of Perth Amboy in the opening round of the 2015 Anthony J. Cotoia Tournament. Williams led the GMC in scoring with a 23.2 points per game average to earn the GMC Hoops Top Scorer of the Year.|
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ–With a team that has struggled to compete in the GMC White over the past two seasons, South Plainfield’s Lamont Williams did what he could to make the Tigers competitive as possible. Besides leading the Greater Middlesex Conference in three pointers this season with 76, he also led the entire conference in scoring. Averaging 23.2 points per game, Williams edged the next closest scorer by just under a point and a half a game to earn the GMC Hoops Top Scorer of the Year.
Williams, who scored all of his 1,024 points over the final two years of his high school career, raised his scoring average by almost six points per game. He also netted 13 more threes than he did a year ago. In 26 games this season for South Plainfield, Williams compiled 134 field goals, 76 threes, and 104 free throws for a total of 602 points. Last year, he scored 422 points in 24 games. Williams managed to do this against teams such as J.P. Stevens, Colonia, and Woodbridge, which are known for their defense.
As a junior, Williams scored in double figures in 23 of South Plainfield’s 24 games. Of those 23 games, he scored at least 20 points in seven of those contests including his season high of 37 points against Piscataway Tech on January 9th. This season, Williams scored in double figures in 25 of the 26 games played by South Plainfield this season. Of those 25 games, Williams scored at least 20 points in 19 of them. He had at least 30 points four times this season including a career high of 55 points against Koinonia Academy on February 22nd.
In that game against Koinonia Academy, Williams collected 11 field goals, 9 threes, and 6 (6 of 7 FTs) foul shots for 55 points. He scored 8 points in the first quarter, 15 in the second, 7 in the third, and 25 in the fourth. The next night against Piscataway Tech, Williams connected on a buzzer beating three pointer, and finished with 24 points in an 84-78 overtime win over Piscataway Tech in South Plainfield’s season finale. The Tigers finished only 9-17 on the season, but five of those wins came in the final month of the season.
Among those five wins were wins over Timothy Christian (67-55) and Perth Amboy Tech in the GMCT Play-In and Preliminary Rounds. The Tigers, which were seeded 25th in the tourney, ended up giving 8th seeded Spotswood all it could handle in the Round of 16 before falling, 68-64 at the SAC. In those three contests, Williams tallied 15 field goals, 10 threes, and 14 free throws for a total of 74 points, or an average of 24.7 points per game. Over the last month of the season, Williams scored in double figures in each of South Plainfield’s 11 games including eight where he scored at least 20. He averaged 25.7 points per game over the final month of the season.
Check out the other top scorers in the GMC. Each team was determined by the players scoring averages.
GMC Hoops All Bucket Brigade Team
- Lamont Williams–South Plainfield*
- Eric Dadika–Spotswood
- Eric Savage–South Brunswick
- Connor Romano–Old Bridge
- Chase Barneys–Colonia
- Tyus Battle–St. Joseph’s
- Ryan O’Leary–Sayreville
- Matt Ross–East Brunswick
- Ali Austin–Piscataway Tech
- Tyquan Fowler–Dunellen
- Derrick Whitaker–South River
- Robert Saydee–Timothy Christian
- Marlon Hart–Spotswood
- Bree Tyree–St. Joseph’s
- Kolby Chapman–Colonia
*GMC Hoops Top Scorer of the Year