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Springfield Boys Basketball: Seniors shine for Dayton in come-from-behind 65-59 win over Cedar Grove Wednesday

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Nick UIizio on defense Credits: Chip Dickson
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To the Hoop #1 Credits: Chip Dickson
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To the Hoop #2 Credits: Chip Dickson
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Coaching Credits: Chip Dickson
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Getting Instructions Credits: Chip Dickson
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Anthony Nagy on Defense Credits: Chip Dickson
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Nick Ulizio passing the ball Credits: Chip Dickson
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Anthony Rajoppi Credits: Chip Dickson
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Credits: Chip Dickson
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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - After another slow start in the first half, two seniors on Senior Night took it upon themselves to get the job done in the second half for the Dayton boys basketball team.

Senior guard Nick Ulizio scored 17 points with three 3-pointers and senior guard Joe Kastner added 16 with four 3-pointers to lead Dayton to a come-from-behind 65-59 victory over Cedar Grove in Springfield.

Down 21-9 after the first quarter and 32-21 at halftime, the Bulldogs stormed back with a 44-point second half, including a 22-12 third quarter to secure the win.

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Junior guard Antonio Salcfas had 13 points and senior guard Matt Kanengiser chipped in with 11 for Dayton (10-11), which has won two straight and three of its last four games.

“What a game. Our fans, our families, alumni and student body were great last night. The gym was electric and the game had a playoff feel to it. We got minutes and contributions from a lot of players last night but make no mistake about it, this game was about our seniors,” said Dayton head coach Bobby Martin. “They left it all out there with countless stops, steals and big shot after big shot. It was one determined group. It’s the type of win I know they’ll remember for a long time and I couldn’t be happier for them. It was a great atmosphere and a special night.”

Senior guard Chris Wynne scored a game-high 22 points with two 3-pointers, senior guard Joe Rufo added 11 with two 3-pointers, and junior forward Mike Pronesti chipped in with 10 for Cedar Grove (10-13), which has lost three straight and four of its last five games.

The Bulldogs look to get to the .500 mark for the first time since Jan. 28 as they play their final regular season game tonight, when they travel up Route 22 to take on North Plainfield at 7 p.m.

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