Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Chester (Boys Basketball) Fall to Plymouth Whitemarsh

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The Clippers win streak was snapped at five games by the Colonials 72-70 in the 10th Annual Pete/Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic on the campus of Widener University. Chester (5-2) trailed from the start overcoming a 15 point deficit to finally take the lead in the 4th quarter 66-65 when junior Stanley Davis banked in a trey at the 2:17 mark. The Clippers relinquished the lead for good when Jimmy Murray drained a trey for a 68-66 Whitemarsh (9-0) lead. The leg injury to Chester's junior point guard was the bigger loss for the Clippers. Khaleeq Campbell who scored 7 of Chester's 19 first quarter points was enable to return to action in the 2nd quarter. Despite scoring 19 points, the Clippers found themselves in a hole as the red hot Colonials put 28 points on the board in the opening quarter. Sophomores Ahrod Carter and Jamar Sudan helped the Clippers play even in the 2nd scoring 5 and 4 points respectively as Chester trailed 41-32 at the half.  Trailing 49-34 with 6:24 in the 3rd quarter, the Clippers responded after their timeout with a 19-8 run to end the quarter now trailing by only four at 57-53. Junior Marquis Collins led the charge scoring 9 of his 16 points and Maurice Henry dropped in 5 of his 7. Chester inability to knocked down free throws cost them the opportunity to take the lead in the period. The Clippers connected on only 7 of 13 attempts in the 3rd. Senior Keyonte Watkins keep the Clippers in striking range scoring 7 of his team high 20 points in the 4th. And again, Chester's woes at the charity stripe continued as they went 2 of 6 in the period missing on opportunities to increase their lead. Junior Jahmi Bailey's layup as time expired was Chester's final points.

Despite only scoring 7 points, Maurice Henry filled the stat sheet with 13 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Collins also contributed 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists and was named the team's MVP. Watkins added 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist to the stat sheet.

The Clippers won't have long to dwell on tonight's results as the Neumann-Goretti Saints await them tomorrow in the nightcap of the 10th Annual Pete/Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic. Tip-off is slated for 8:30 p.m.

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