SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In the first game of the new year and decade, the Dayton boys’ basketball team found the answer it was looking for — a much-needed win.

Senior guard DJ Alicea scored a game-high 23 points with three 3-pointers and tallied 13 points in the fourth quarter to lift Dayton to a 57-42 over conference and division rival Brearley in Springfield.

Alicea converted 12 free throws, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out four assists, blocked two shots and recorded two steals adding to his much-needed performance. Alicea,

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The Bulldogs outscored the Bears, 28-12, in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

“It was a good team win that we needed and I hope it starts a run for us,” said Alicea, who has scored in double digits in 53 straight games and is 35 points away from becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer. “The fourth quarter is always important. No matter what happens in the 1st three quarters, a little run can change the whole game for good.  The 10-0 run to end the game was arguably the most important of the game and helped us win.”

Junior Josh Jackson added 17 points with seven rebounds and junior Daniel Munoz grabbed 10 rebounds as Dayton (1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Senior guards Nino Principato (16 points) and Ibn McLean (14 points) led Brearley (3-2).

The Bulldogs conclude its four-game home stand on Tuesday as they host Koinonia Academy of Plainfield at 7:00 p.m., travel to Roselle on Thursday at 7:00 p.m., and come back home Saturday to face Roselle Park in a 1:00 p.m. tilt.