NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - The Jonathon Dayton Bulldogs showed why they are 9-0 this season with a convincing 71 to 43 victory over the New Providence Boys' basketball team on Friday night in New Providence.
The Bulldogs, who utilized a press-defense throughout the game, capitalize on the other team's turnovers to make easy layups and other short jump shots. Within the first four minutes of the 1st quarter, the visitors from Springfield jumped to a 10-2 lead before New Providence's Curtis Kyzima hit two 3-pointers in a row to end the quarter with Dayton leading 10-8.
Long time Dayton coach Bobby Martin was happy with his team's effort tonight.
"We bounced back from last night's one point victory over Summit with a lot of energy" Martin said.
At the start of the second quarter, the Pioneers reeled off seven points in a row to go up by three. It's last lead of the night was 17-15 with 4:25 left in the half, as Tyler Curto came off the bench to score six straight points.
Then a Bulldog explosion of 18 straight points occurred in a four minute period leading up to half time, which ended with Dayton taking a commanding 35-19 after two quarters.
In the third, the Bulldogs continued its press that led to several steals which were converted into semi-fast brake layups. Their lead widened to 20 at the end of the third quarter with many players contributing to the offense.
"We are at our best when sharing the ball" a satisfied Martin said.
In the last quarter, Dayton again outscored New Providence by eight. Consistent foul shooting and strong rebounding helped the Bulldogs score on a consistent basis, beating the Pioneers 71-43.
Dayton had a balanced scoring attack with Jared Clayton leading the way with 16 points. Elijah Brown tossed in 13, Joe Rogers added 11 and Isaiah Rogers rounded out the double digit scoring with 10. Curtis Kyzima led New Providence with 11 points.
New Providence will play the Highlanders from Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights tomorrow as the last game of Governor Livingston's "Super-Saturday" event. Tip off is set for 4:30 pm.