Springfield Boys Basketball: Ulizio Scores Season-high 27 Points to Lift Dayton in Win over Koinonia Saturday

Coaching Credits: Chip Dickson
Defense Credits: Chip Dickson
Nick Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton boys basketball team is starting to hit its stride at the right time.

Senior guard Nick Ulizio scored a season-high 27 points, draining four 3-pointers, and junior guard Antonio Salcfas added 21 points to lead Dayton to a come-from-behind 68-61 victory over Koinonia in Springfield.

Ulizio has scored in double figures in two straight and seven of his last eight games and trails by two points over Salcfas for the team lead in total points (175-173).

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Senior guard Matt Kanengiser posted 12 points, all on 3-pointers, and senior guard Joe Kastner chipped in six points on two 3-pointers for the Bulldogs (6-6), which has won two straight, three of its last four games, and reached the .500 mark for the third time this season.

Trailing 14-11 after the first quarter, Dayton outscored Koinonia, 20-8, in the second quarter to take a 31-22 halftime lead en route to the win as the Bulldogs improved to 5-3 on Mountain Avenue.

Sophomore center/forward Jimmy Clemente scored 21 second-half points and senior guard/forward Julian Medina added 18 points, all on 3-pointers, for Plainfield-based Koinonia (3-7), which has lost two straight and three of its last four games.

This week, three games are on tap for the Bulldogs, starting with a visit to rival Brearley on Monday for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff, a visit to rival New Providence on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and back home for a 1 p.m. Saturday tilt against Roselle Park. 

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