SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton boys basketball team is trying to get to the .500 mark, but it’s a lot harder than it looks.

Sophomore Joseph Carney scored a team-high 19 points, hitting four 3-pointers and junior Aidan Laughery and junior Agustine Puentes each added 10 points apiece to pace Johnson to a 54-48 road victory over Dayton in Springfield.

Johnson (5-4), which has won three straight games, used a 10-2 second quarter to take control with a 22-14 halftime advantage.

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Senior guard DJ Alicea scored a game-high 21 points, shooting 6-for-8 from the free throw line, and junior Josh Jackson added 11 points, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, to pace Dayton (3-5), which has lost two of its last three games.

Alicea has now scored in double figures in 56 straight games played and is 23 points away from becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Senior Andrew Hornbuckle posted seven points in the loss.

The Bulldogs hit the road to face Linden-based Sinai Christian on Thursday with first tip scheduled for 7 p.m. and then return home to face Hillside on Tuesday, Jan. 21, also at 7 p.m.