The sign read “BC High” outside the gymnasium, but from the start of warm-ups, Braintree made itself feel right at home. As the opposing student sections traded coordinated vocal barbs, the Braintree section broke out their most audacious claim of all: “This is our house!”
Steve Murphy made sure that claim rang true. The senior forward scored a game-high 26 points as the 14th-seeded Wamps stunned third-seeded BC High, 66-62, in the first round of the MIAA South Division 1 basketball tournament.
“It means so much,” said Murphy. “We haven’t made the tournament in over two or three years now, and just to get back here and have that atmosphere and have our crowd here, that means the world to us.”
After a tight first half drew to a close with the Eagles ahead by 7, the Wamps increased their defensive pressure, forcing bad shots that allowed Braintree to rally. Then the Wamps’ shots started to fall. Led by Murphy and sharpshooting guard Keyshaad Dixon, Braintree hit five straight 3-pointers during a 16-6 run that gave the Wamps a 58-47 lead with 5:04 to go.
No. 3 BC High rallied with tenacious full-court press to tie the score, but a bank shot and a free throw from Keyma Cannon put Braintree back up 3 before Murphy sealed the upset from the foul line.
Lynn English 75, Somerville 48 — Steve Collins led the Bulldogs with 18 points, Fred Hogan added 17, and Erick Rosario chipped in 16.
Watertown 80, Northeast 52 — Junior guard Kevin DiPietrantonio scored 19 points and junior center PJ Hairson added 17 to lead the Raiders (13-8).
Lexington 41, Boston Latin 27 — Freshman point guard Anna Kelly scored a game-high 22 points for the Minutemen (16-5).
North Andover 38, Tewksbury 34 — Senior guard Morgan lumb scored a team-high 15 points to power the Knights (13-8).
Newton South 49, Newton North 45 — Senior guard Kayla Burton netted 22 points, including 3 in overtime to lift the Lions (15-7).
Durfee 55, North Quincy 45 — Sophomore Brianna Camara scored a game high 27 points to lead the Hilltoppers (15-6).
Braintree 69, Quincy 24 — Sophomore Bridget Herlihy (13 points), sophomore Molly Reagan (12 points), and senior Rachel Norton (10 points) led the Wamps.
Fontbonne 61, Sharon 36 — Senior forward Jen Gemma had a team-high 29 points and added nine rebounds to lift the Ducks (19-2).
Natick 3, Framingham 2 — Junior Derek Butler scored the winner four minutes into overtime to lead the Red Hawks.
Marshfield 7, Milton 3 — Matt Burchill had two goals and an assist for the Rams (17-6).
Austin Prep 4, Hingham 0 — Shannon O'Neil had 36 saves in her ninth shutout as the Cougars (11-7-4) knocked the ninth-ranked Harbormen (13-7-3) out of the tournament.
Medford 5, Medway 1 — Brittani Lanzilli had four goals and an assist for the Mustangs (11-7-3).
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After 20 years coaching the Boston English boys’ basketball team, Barry Robinson is handing over the program to his assistant coach, Joe Chatman.
Robinson, whose team lost to Milton in the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday night, will remain the school’s athletic coordinator.