Friday, January 20, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball wins over Academy Park

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester 55, Academy Park 39

The Clipper overcame a lackluster first half to pull off the 55-39 victory over the Academy Park Knights. With the win Chester improves to 4-0 in league play and 11-3 overall. After a short ceremony where the team honored Coach Yarbray with a ceremonial ball for his 200th win last week, the Clippers continue to play give away turning the ball over to the Knights and found themselves in a 8-12 deficit at the end of the first quarter. Even though they continued to play give away in the 2nd quarter they still managed to score 12 points led by senior Jamar Sudan's seven points, a trey from senior Tyrel Lennon and a bucket from sophomore Jaimhy Evans. This allow the Clippers to trail 20-24 at the intermission. Chester's turnover woes continued into the 3rd quarter but they found their defensive foundation and held the Knight's to 4 points. Offensively there was nothing Academy Park could do to stop Sudan, he produced 11 of his game high 29 points in the quarter and the Clippers blew the game open outscoring their opponents 21-4 to take a 41-28 lead into the final quarter. Evans added 4 points with senior Ahrod Carter and sophomore Rahmaad DeJarnette each dialing long distance with treys  to complete the scoring. Sophomore Michael Evans and junior Timothy Johnston added their names to the scoring column in the final quarter with 4 and 2 points respectively. Carter finished 8 points and Evans tallied 6 for the Clippers.

Sudan added yet another double-double to his career as he patrolled the lane for 13 rebounds. With Sudan as the only Clipper in double figures, this marked just the 2nd time in 14 games that this has happened.

Some of Chester's performance shortfalls can be attributed to them having played 6 games in 10 days with the middle 4 being on the road. The Clippers will now have 4 days to rest and prepare for the next opponent which will be a home affair against the Glen Mills Battlin' Bulls. That contest will take place at the Clip Joint on Tuesday, January 24th. JV tips off at 6:00 pm with the Varsity to follow.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball rebounds from loss

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester 77, Chichester 56

The Clippers (10-3, 3-0) rebounded from their loss on Martin L. King Jr's birthday with a sound wind over the Chichester Eagles 77-56 in Del Val League action. Senior Jordan Camper led the way and made is presence felt with a career high of 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. The Clippers led from start to finish in this contest. Chester scored early and often as well as inside and outside in the first quarter using seven players to produce 29 points while holding the host Eagles to 10. Camper led the way with 8 points included two dunks while Jamar Sudan, Ahrod Carter and junior Timothy Johnston were hitting from three point range. Junior Brian Randolph III worked the glass for his 4 points and sophomore Michael Smith dropped in a floater and connected on two free throws for his 4 first quarter points. The 29 points are the largest single quarter points production this season. Camper's front court mate Sudan led the charge in the second quarter with 8 of his 17 points as he too finished the game with a double double hauling in 10 rebounds. Camper added 4 more points, senior Tyrel Lennon knocked down a trey and Randolph joined sophomore Rahmaad DeJarnette with a bucket as the Clippers continued to separate themselves from the Eagles. Halftime score: Chester - 48, Chichester - 19. Camper continued to work in the paint with two more dunks off feeds from Carter and Randolph enroute to 8 third quarter points and the Clippers sailed into the 4th quarter with a 66-38 advantage. Sophomore DeJarnette led the way with 4 of his 6 points in the final quarter. Johnston added a bucket to finish with 5 points and sophomore Jaimhy Evans hit 1 of 2 free throws for his only point of the game. In all 10 of the 11 Clippers entered their names in the scoring column in the contest while Chichester depended on 4 players to produce their points.

With Smith and Lennon leading the way with a career highs of 6 and 3 assists, Chester dished 16 assists on their 34 made baskets.  Chester was able to control the pace of the game by out rebounding their opponent 48-27 with DeJarnette collecting a career high of 6. Randolph also walked away with a career high of 4 steals on the evening.

After finishing a 3-1 road trip, Chester will finally return to the Clip Joint for back-to-back games starting on Thursday, January 19th for a Del Val League contest against the visiting Academy Park Knights. JV tip is scheduled for 6:00 pm with the Varsity to follow.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball falls to Mastery Charter North

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester 45, Mastery Charter North 60

The Chester Clippers (9-3) five game win streak came to a halt at the hands Mastery Charter North Pumas (17-0) 60-45. With Brian Randolph and Jamar Sudan leading the way for Chester with 5 and 4 points respectively, the teams were tied at 14 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams clamped down defensively but the Clippers had too many unforced errors resulting in a 3 point quarter. The Pumas did manage to score 9 points and Chester trailed at intermission 17-23. Sophomore Michael Smith tried to keep the Clippers afloat in the 3rd quarter with 6 of his 8 points but it was not nearly enough as the Pumas caught fire with a 26 point outburst. At the end of the 3rd quarter the Clippers found themselves trailing by their largest deficit of the season 27-49. Chester continued to fight in the final quarter with Jah'meir Springfield leading the way with all 8 of his points but their 18 point quarter was not enough. Senior Jamar Sudan led the Clippers with 11 points, Ahrod Carter added 6 with Jordan Camper and Rahmaad DeJarnette finishing the scoring with 4 and 3 points respectively.

The Clipper will return to action on the road for an afternoon Del Val League game against the Chichester Eagles. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm.

Chester Clippers Defeats Harrisburg Cougars

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester 67, Harrisburg Cougars 54

The Clippers (9-2) enjoyed a successful road trip to Harrisburg but it took an overtime period to put away the Cougars (10-3) 67-54. All five starters entered the scoring column in the first quarter and defensively they were in sync as they held the host to 9 points to hold a 15-9 lead at the end of the quarter. With sophomore point guard Michael Smith saddled with 2 quick first quarter fouls, fellow sophomore Jaimhy Evans took the helm in leading the Clippers in the second quarter. The Clipper reserves took over the scoring in the 2nd quarter scoring 8 of the team's 12 points lead by senior Jah'meir Springfield with 5 of his 7 points. Evans floated in a bucket and Rahmaad DeJarnette connected on 1 of 2 free throws. Junior Brian Randolph III added 4 of his 10 points and senior Jamar Sudan finished the scoring with a bucket. Neither team had an advantage in the 2nd quarter and Chester took the same 6 point margin into intermission. Chester - 27, Harrisburg - 21. Smith returned to action in the 3rd quarter and made his presence felt scoring 8 of his season/career high of 15 points. Sudan chipped in with 6, Randolph dropped in 4 and big man Jordan Camper dunked in 2 off a missed shot by Smith. However, the Cougars found their range to the tune of 21 points and cut Chester's lead to 5, 47-42 at the end of the quarter. The Clippers allow the pace of the game to get away from them in the final quarter and with limited possessions and their inability to keep possession of the ball, they were only able to put 5 points on the board with allowed Harrisburg to tie the game at 52. The Clippers put up an outstanding defensive front as the Cougars had the ball with 1:12 on the clock and were unable to score. The Clippers were able to gain control of the ball with 0:03 on the clock and after calling for a timeout elected to let the clock run out and take their chances in overtime. The capacity crowd would get their money's worth on this Saturday night.

The Clippers gained possession of the ball off the tip and began their parade to the foul line. First, it was Sudan who connected on two, then Smith connect on two which turned out to be the winning points. Sudan completed an old fashioned three point play followed by a bucket by Camper off a feed from Smith. After the 9-0 Chester run, Harrisburg finally scored their only basket in the overtime before calling timeout at the 2:02 mark. As the crowd began to exit the gym, the Clippers with what appeared to be fresher legs knocked down 4 more free throws and Camper accented the victory with a dunk off a feed from Randolph. The Clippers were able to put up 15 points in the 4 minute overtime including hitting all 9 of their free throws.

Camper completed the game with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. He also added 5 blocked shots and 2 steals to the stat sheet. Sudan was the fourth Clipper with double figures with a game high of 18 points. Evan filled the role of facilitator very well with a career high of 4 assists off the bench.

The win gave Coach Yarbray the 201st of his career which made him the 4th winningest Coach at Chester High.

The Clippers will continue their road trip playing their 4th game in 7 days when they travel to North Philadelphia on Monday, January 16 to take on Mastery Charter North for a 5:00 tipoff.