NEWARK, NJ — Survive and advance was the name of the game for the Jonathan Dayton Boys' Basketball team.
Senior guard DJ Alicea hit three free throws with one second remaining to lift ninth-seeded Dayton to a 54-51 victory over eighth-seeded American History Monday in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 Sectional Tournament at Shabazz High School in Newark.
Sophomore Cameron Campbell-Miller scored a season-high 21 points, including a put back with 1:04 remaining to tie the game at 51-51, and has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games.
“It was a great road win for us. A total team effort on both offense and defense. We’ve had some tough games this year that I believe made us better for tonight. The players kept believing and were relentless throughout the game,” said Dayton head coach Bobby Martin. “Josh made some big timely pullup jumpers for us. DJ made the three foul shots and there wasn’t a person from Dayton that didn’t believe he was going to knock down all three. Once again he steps up and makes the big play to seal the win. He handled their pressure, had his highest assist total of the year and had at least 10 rebounds.”
Alicea, who has 452 points (37 3-pointers) on the season, saw his amazing streak of 70 games played with double figures stopped and raised his school-leading career total to 1,527 points.
Junior Josh Jackson added 11 points and senior Arshad Lassiter posted seven for Dayton (12-12), which has won three of its last five games, advanced to Wednesday’s quarterfinals and will visit top-seeded Dunellen (23-4), winners of three of its last four.
Senior Tyje Kelton led the Destroyers with a game-high 32 points, junior Nasir White added 20 and junior Drew Johnson chipped in with 19 as Dunellen coasted to a 92-61 victory over 16th-seeded People’s Prep (7-15).
Senior Tyshawn Whittaker scored 17 points with two 3-pointers and seniors Naseem Cheek and Jabriel Abdur-Razzaq Smith each scored 11 points apiece for American History (15-10), which lost for just the second time in its last six games to end its season.