SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton boys basketball team reached the .500 mark for the first time this season Thursday and got some help from a soaring sophomore in the process.
Sophomore Cameron Campbell-Miller scored a career-high 19 points, including eight in the first half, and senior guard DJ Alicea posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead 20th-seeded Dayton to a 64-50 victory over 21st-seeded Brearley in the play-in game of the 84th Union County Tournament in Springfield.
Dayton (9-9) advanced to Saturday’s first round and will visit fifth-seeded Westfield (14-5), winners of three of its last four games, at 1 p.m.
Leading 12-10 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs took control with a 16-7 second quarter to take a 28-17 lead at halftime. And used a 19-14 fourth quarter to secure the win.
Junior guard Mahki Cromartie matched his career-best with 10 points, including two three pointers, junior Josh Jackson had nine points and AC Corigliano chipped in with seven for Dayton, which has won two straight and five of its last six games.
Senior guard Ibn McLean connected on six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points and senior Sean Boyars added eight for Brearley (10-11), which has lost three straight and four of its last five games.
The Bulldogs went 3-0 against Brearley (10-11) this season with a 57-42 home win on Jan. 3 and 59-46 on the road on Jan. 23.
In all three games, Alicea scored a combined 59 points with five 3-pointers. Alicea, who has 332 points on the season, has scored in double figures in 65 straight games played and his school-leading career total sits at 1,407 points.
Next up on the Bulldogs regular season schedule will be tonight’s Senior Night home game versus Delaware Valley (9-9), winners of six straight games, at 7 p.m.
State Tournament Seeding announced: Dayton received the 9th seed on Thursday morning and 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.