The celebration following 13th-ranked Brighton’s come-from-behind victory against No. 10 New Mission on Thursday night was a little anticlimactic.
After trailing by 20 points in the final quarter, junior shooting guard Mark Mojica hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final two minutes to give the Bengals a 57-52 road victory. The only problem, as far as bragging rights go, was that there were no students or parents from either side to witness the unlikely comeback.
After a chippy first meeting on Dec. 20 at Brighton, school officials prohibited fans from attending the game.
A fight between fans broke out at Tuesday night’s Charlestown-Brighton game, but Boston schools athletic director Ken Still said the decision to keep fans from Thursday night’s game was made well in advance.
“There was a bit of a scuffle in the last game [between New Mission and Brighton], a couple hard fouls and I guess animosity between a couple of the players,” Still said. “So the headmasters got their heads together and said it was best to keep the fans out of the game.”
Brighton (10-3) won the first meeting, 79-68, but the Bengals found themselves in an early hole Thursday night and trailed, 49-30, going into the final quarter. After cutting New Mission’s lead to 11 points with four minutes left, Mojica nailed a 3-pointer with 1:23 left to pull Brighton to within 52-48.
With 31 seconds left, Mojica hit another 3-pointer to put the Bengals up, 53-52, before a flurry of steals helped Brighton hold on.
Mojica finished with 10 points, and Daivon Edwards scored a team-high 13 points for Brighton. Juwan Gooding scored a game-high 21 for New Mission.
“There were enough people in the gym, we got the JV guys, we got some of our people from our school, we got our own bench here,” Brighton coach Hugh Coleman said. “So in terms of not having a huge fan base, I’ll be honest with you, I know it’s a factor a lot of times but I think when it really mattered there was enough noise and enough support that gave our guys the kind of confidence we needed at times.”
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