Alicea Nets 18 but Bulldogs Knocked Out of States by Weequahic Wednesday

Credits: Lou Monaco
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The Dayton boys basketball season came to an abrupt end Wednesday night.

Sophomore guard DJ Alicea capped off a stellar sophomore season scoring a team-high 18 points and senior guard Antonio Salcfas added 13 to pace 13th-seeded Dayton in a 73-54 loss to fifth-seeded Weequahic in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament in Newark.

The Bulldogs (7-16) ended its frustrating season losing 10 of its last 12 games.

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“It was a tough first quarter for us. It was an even game after that, but that wasn’t good enough in order to mount any kind of a comeback,” said Dayton head coach Robert Martin. “Our seniors - Antonio, Ryan Lashuk and Anthony Rajoppi - have been with the program for four years and there’s a double edge with coaching. It’s tough to lose your seniors, but you welcome the challenge of the next year. I know the three of them will be successful down the road and we wish them all the best.”

Senior forward Ishmael Montique scored a game-high 28 points, senior guard Laquan Breedlove added 18 with two 3-pointers and senior Yasir Coleman posted 16 points to lead Weequahic (11-12), which has won three straight games and advanced to Friday's semifinals where it will visit top-seeded Bloomfield Tech.

Weequahic erupted early in the game, leading 23-6 after the first quarter and 37-17 at halftime to take control.

Alicea scored in all 22 games he played this season and finished with 435 points.

“DJ had an outstanding year for us, shooting 50% from the field and getting to the line 200 times. The thing you love about him is he brings it every day whether it’s practice or game day,” said Martin. “He plays at one speed and works just as hard on defense as he does on offense. He’s a competitor and that’s the type of player you want to coach. Someone who embraces the next challenge.”

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