Dayton boys’ basketball moves on in states after Thursday OT victory; All 4 Union County girls’ teams triumph

Dayton boys' and GL and Cranford girls' will be hosting next round games Saturday

While Dayton was the only Union County boys’ team to win in state tournament play Thursday night – the top-seeded Bulldogs needed overtime to thwart eighth-seeded Newark Vocational 73-67, winning overtime 14-8 in their North 2, Group 1 quarterfinal matchup – all four Union County girls’ teams that played were triumphant.

Governor Livingston and Cranford advanced to the North 2, Group 3 semifinals, while New Providence and Dayton advanced to the North 2, Group 1 semis.

On Saturday in North 2, Group 3 it will be seventh-seeded Chatham at sixth-seeded Cranford at 4 p.m. and fifth-seeded Mendham at top-seeded GL. In North 2, Group 1 it will be fifth-seeded Dayton at top-seeded Secaucus at noon and sixth-seeded Bloomfield Tech at second-seeded New Providence.

The Dayton boys’ will host fourth-seeded Dunellen Saturday in a North 2, Group 1 semifinal.

Boys’ teams that were eliminated Thursday included Rahway and Plainfield in North 2, Group 3 and Union Catholic in Non-Public, North A.

– JR PARACHINI

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