NEWARK, N.J. – Slow starts for the Dayton boys basketball team have been an issue all season.

Last Saturday was no exception.

Barry Charles scored a game-high 22 points and Sy-fee Campbell added 15 to lead Eagle Academy to a 56-52 victory over Dayton at Weequahic High School.

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Mouhamed Sanago had 12 points for Eagle Academy (7-7), which led 26-11 after the first quarter en route to its fourth straight win.

Sophomore guard DJ Alicea scored a team-high 15 points and junior forward Eugene Atkinson added 11 points to pace Dayton (6-9), which has dropped three of its last four games.

Junior guard Vinny Pulice had seven points and senior guard Antonio Salcfas and junior forward Jonathan Stapleton posted six points apiece for the Bulldogs, which outscored Eagle Academy, 41-30, in the last three quarters.

“Today we played better as a team, but we made some critical mistakes at the end that cost us the game,” said Alicea, who has scored in double figures in 14 games played this season. “We are right there and the wins will be coming soon.”

The Bulldogs visit Johnson on Tuesday and return back to Mountain Avenue to host Bernards on Thursday. Both tipoffs are scheduled for 7 p.m.

NOTE: Alicea is part of’s Young Guns: Who is the top sophomore boys basketball player in N.J.? poll.

Voting will be conducted until Wednesday at 12 p.m.