Springfield Boys Basketball: Dayton upends Metuchen, 72-48, Saturday to end 3-game skid

Defense Credits: Chip Dickson
Nick Ulizio Credits: Chip Dickson
Credits: Chip Dickson
Coach Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton boys basketball team let out some steam on Saturday.

Senior guard Nick Ulizio scored a game-high 20 points and junior guard Antonio Salcfas added 19 points, hitting two 3-pointers, to lead Dayton to a much-needed 72-48 victory over Metuchen in Springfield.

Dayton (4-5) snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 at home.

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Senior guard Matt Kanengiser contributed some extra offensive firepower with 16 points, draining four 3-pointers for the Bulldogs, which opened the game with a 23-11 first quarter en route to a 39-23 halftime advantage.

It was Kanengiser’s second double-digit game of the season and his first since a 17-point performance, where he hit five 3-pointers, in a season-opening 62-49 home loss to New Providence on Dec. 20.

Senior center Darren Maraj also chipped in with a career-high eight points for the Bulldogs.

Senior guard Danny Flaherty scored a team-high 19 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and senior David Weiss added 13, converting 11 free throws, to pace Metuchen (6-6), which has lost three straight and five of its last six games and fell to 0-5 on the road this season.

This week, Dayton looks to get to the .500 mark or better with three games on the docket, starting with a visit to neighbor Oratory in Summit on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

The Bulldogs return home for two straight with neighbor Brearley on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Koinonia on Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tilt.

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