SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Dayton boys basketball team has had an up-and-down year, but its leader has been an impressive constant all season long.
Wednesday was no different.
Senior guard DJ Alicea scored a game-high 28 points, draining seven 3-pointers, to lead Dayton back to the .500 mark with a bounce-back 69-48 victory over Governor Livingston in Springfield.
Alicea, who has 377 points on the season, has scored in double figures in an amazing 67 straight games played and raised his school-leading career total to 1,452 points.
Junior Josh Jackson added 18 points with three 3-pointers and sophomore Cameron Campbell-Miller posted 10 for the Bulldogs (10-10), which has won three of its last four and six of its last eight games.
Dayton jumped out to a quick 21-6 lead after the first quarter and posted a 38-point first half to take control with a 38-17 halftime advantage.
Sophomore Brian McGrath scored 11 points and senior Sean McCulloch added nine to pace Gov. Livingston (6-15), which has lost three straight and five of its last six games.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be Friday night’s Senior Night home game versus Delaware Valley with first tip set for 7 p.m.
State Tournament Seeding announced: The ninth-seeded Bulldogs will visit 8th-seeded American History in Newark in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 Sectional Tournament on Monday, March 2.
The winner advances to Wednesday’s quarterfinal round on March 4 and will play the winner between 16th-seeded People’s Prep and top-seeded Dunellen.