SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Coming off a second straight Joe Pepe Holiday Tournament championship loss to end 2016, the short break certainly helped the Dayton boys basketball team as it returned to the hardwood Tuesday night.
Senior Nick Ulizio scored 21 points, including the game-winner with 18 seconds remaining, with three 3-pointers and junior Antonio Salcfas added 13 points with two 3-pointers to lead Dayton to a 58-55 victory over neighbor Summit in Summit.
Senior power forward Joe Kastner posted 10 points with two 3-pointers for Dayton (2-2), which used a 20-7 first quarter to take a 35-27 halftime advantage .
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“We got out to a fast start last night which was something we emphasized. Antonio (Salcfas) handled their pressure well and shared the ball and found the open man. Joe (Kastner) shot the ball well and got a hand on their 3-point attempt with five seconds left to seal the game,” said Dayton head coach Robert Martin. “Anytime you win a game on the road in a crossover matchup, it builds confidence.”
Will Schaffer scored a team-high 19 points with two 3-pointers, Malcolm Sidebottom added 11 points with three 3-pointers, and Chip Roriston chipped in with 10 with two 3-pointers for Summit (2-5), which has dropped two straight and five of its last six games.
“It was a great team win for us. Everyone contributed to get the job done against a very tough team in Summit,” Kastner said, who will be taking his athletic talents to Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham in the fall for baseball. “This win will definitely give us more confidence as the season continues. Through our first couple of games, we have made some mistakes, but we have went over them in the film room and executed them to solve the problems in practice.”
Two games remain this week for the Bulldogs as Hillside visits Mountain Avenue on Thursday night for a 7 p.m. tipoff, before a trip to Bernardsville on Saturday to take on Bernards for a 1 p.m. start.