SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - It was a short stay in the Union County Tournament for the Dayton boys basketball team.

Senior Brandon Hampton scored 12 points with six steals and junior Robert Miller added 10 points to power fifth-seeded Union Catholic to a 63-47 victory over 20th-seeded Dayton in the first round of the UCT in Scotch Plains.

Union Catholic (13-9), which has won three straight and six of its last eight games, advanced to Wednesday’s second round and will host 12th-seeded Elizabeth at 7 p.m.

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Another slow start put the Bulldogs in a hole right from the outset, trailing 26-10 after the first quarter and 38-16 at halftime.

The Vikings then opened the third quarter on a 13-0 run to open up its lead to 51-16. Dayton outscored Union Catholic, 29-12, the rest of the way.

Senior Nick Ulizio scored a game-high 20 points with two 3-pointers and junior Antonio Salcfas added 10 for Dayton (8-11), which has lost four of its last five games.

The Bulldogs continue its week with a visit to rival Brearley in Kenilworth on Valentine’s Day Tuesday with first tip set for 4 p.m. and then travels up Route 22 to take on North Plainfield in a Friday night tilt at 7 p.m.

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