Outside the gymnasium, the sign read “BC High,” but from the start of pregame warm-ups, visiting Braintree made itself feel right at home. As the opposing student sections traded coordinated vocal barbs, Braintree High students broke out their most audacious claim of all: “This is our house!” Steve Murphy made sure that their claim rang true at the final buzzer. The senior forward scored a game-high 26 points as the 14th-seeded Wamps surprised third-seeded BC High, 66-62, in the first round of the MIAA South Division 1 basketball tournament. “It means so much,” said Murphy of the upset win. “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 up 7, the Wamps increased their defensive pressure, forcing a series of bad shots that allowed Braintree to rally. Then their 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 the help of a tenacious full-court press, tying the game at 64, 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.
Braintree 66, BC High 62
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Boston
Updated: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 4:53 p.m.