After struggling in the first half, Malik James led Brighton in a fourth quarter comeback against Scituate for a 55-52 win in the Division 2 EMass championship and state semifinal.
Brighton will move on to play in the state championship Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Scituate went on a 10-5 run in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to take a 49-38 lead over Brighton. Brighton then scored 7 straight points – four of them by James.
After Scituate senior Taran O’Toole connected on one of two free throws, Brighton junior Mark Mojica intercepted a pass, leading to a James transition layup. Mojica followed the play up with another steal, leading to a layup by teammate Nick Simpson off of a James assist.
After James tied the game 50-50 with a made free throw 1:15 left in the game, David Cox looked like he saved Scituate from the collapse by connecting on both of his free throws with 53 seconds to go.
However, with 8.4 seconds left, James once again rose to the occasion by tying the game with two clutch free throws at the line. He followed up with a 3-point play in transition after senior Nate Hogan forced a turnover to seal the win and keep Brighton’s season alive.
Brighton will play South Hadley in the Division 2 state final.
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