SPRINFIELD, NJ - After a season-opening home loss to rival New Providence on Dec. 20, the Dayton boys basketball team regrouped after a week of rest for its first win of the season.
Senior Nick Ulizio scored a game-high 24 points and junior Antonio Salcfas added 19 to lead Dayton to a 71-67 come-from-behind victory over CSI/McCown (NY) in the first round of the 13th annual Joe Pepe Tournament Tuesday night in Springfield.
Trailing 13-10 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs used a 22-18 second quarter to take a 32-31 halftime lead. Dayton outscored CSI/McCown (NY), 19-15, in the third quarter to take control and secure the win.
Senior Joe Kastner contributed 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers, and junior Ryan Lashuk added seven points for Dayton (1-1), which will host neighbor Millburn (4-0) in Thursday's final at 5:30 p.m.
Millburn defeated Moore Catholic (NY), 64-46, in the other first round matchup Tuesday as junior point guard Ross Gang scored a team-high 22 points and senior center Zach Ravitz added 21 points with 10 rebounds and four blocks to notch the win.
CSI/McCown (NY) will face Moore Catholic (NY) in Thursday's third-place game at 2:30 p.m.
Last season, Dayton upended CSI/McCown (NY), 64-56, in the first round, but fell to Somerville, 58-27, in the championship.