Saturday, December 31, 2016

Chester Boys Basketball snapped losing streak at Pete Nelson Holiday Classic

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester 56, Pennsbury 48

The Clippers (5-2) snapped their six game losing streak in the Pete Nelson Holiday Classic with a 56-48 victory over the Pennsbury Falcons (5-3). Seniors Jamar Sudan, Jordan Camper and Ahrod Carter led the way in the opening stanza combining for 14 of the team's 16 points. Sophomore Michael Smith chimed in with 2 points in the quarter. But that wasn't enough to offset the hot shooting Falcons and the Clippers found themselves trailing once again after the first quarter; this time it was 18-16. Chester found their footing defensively in the 2nd quarter and eliminated the open looks for Pennsbury resulting in a 6 point quarter for the Falcons. With the pace of the game slowed dramatically Chester was able to use five different players enroute to their 12 point production in the 2nd quarter which enable the Clippers to take a 28-24 lead into intermission. Smith opened the 2nd quarter with a bucked and then a trey from senior Jah'meir Springfield at the 5:00 mark gave the Clippers the lead at 21-20. Out of intermission the Clippers maintained their defensive intensity again limiting their opponents to less than 10 points in the quarter; Pennsbury did manage to score 9 points while Chester put up 15 with Sudan and Camper each scoring 6 points. Junior Brian Randolph III drained a trey to complete their scoring. At the end of the quarter the Clippers held a 10 point cushion at 43-33. After missing two foul shots to open the final quarter, Springfield fed Camper for a dunk that gave the Clippers a 12 point lead at 45-33. The Falcons would respond with an 11-0 run as the Clippers would go scoreless over their next seven possessions forcing Chester into a timeout with the lead now 45-44 with 2:54 on the clock. Michael 'Man-Man' Smith would score a bucket out of the timeout to give the Clippers a 47-44 lead. After several key defensive stops, Chester would connect on 9 of 10 free throws down the stretch with Smith going 4 of 4, Sudan 3 of 5 and Randolph 2 of 2 to finish the contest with an 11-4 run.

Jordan Camper went on to earn team MVP honors collecting a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also swatted 4 shots. Joining Camper in double figures was Sudan with a game high of 18 points and sophomore Smith with 10 points. Carter finished with 6 points, Randolph chimed in with 5 and Springfield's 3 completed Chester's scoring.

The win allowed team captain Sudan to lead his team in the celebrating of Coach Yarbray's birthday with the singing of Happy Birthday.

The Clippers will return to action on Tuesday, January 3rd when they travel to West Chester to take on Bayard Rustin for a 7:30 tip-off.

Happy New Year 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Chester Boys Basketball fell short against Abington

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester - 50, Abington - 53

Chester's (4-2) comeback attempt fell short as they fell to the Abington Galloping Ghost (8-2) 53-50 in the nightcap of the 12th Annual Pete Nelson Classic on the campus of Widener University. The Clippers failed to hit their mark in the first quarter scoring just 9 points. It was the first time this season they scored less than ten points in any quarter. While on the other hand the Galloping Ghost seemed as though they couldn't miss pouring in 20 points to put the Clippers in a 9-20 hole. Seniors Ahrod Carter and Jamar Sudan led the slight Clipper push in the 2nd quarter scoring 4 points apiece coupled with Chester limiting Abington to 11 points to trail by10 at the half. Chester - 21, Abington - 31. Defensive miscues and turnovers allow Abington to once again take control of the game in the 3rd quarter as they stretched their lead to 14 points to end the quarter. Chester now trailed 47-33. While being out sized in the paint for the first time this season, Sudan and Jordan Camper made their presence felt in the final quarter. Sudan would score 6 of his team high 15 points while Camper would contribute 4 of his 12 points. The Clippers demonstrated their patented defensive pressure and with Camper controlling the paint limiting their opponents to single shot attempts. The results were seen as the Clippers held the Ghost scoreless for the first 5:50 and now trailing by only 6 points, 47-41. Abington finally ended the drought scoring from the free throw line at the 2:09 mark to push the lead to seven points, 48-41. A dunk by Camper at 1:29 cut the lead to 5 points at 48-43. After exchanging buckets another Camper dunk off an assist from Ahrod Carter made the score 50-47 with 23.2 seconds remaining in the contest. Abington was able to connect on 1 of 2 free throws to gain a 4 point advantage before Carter drained a trey to bring the Clippers within one 51-50 with 5.6 seconds remaining. Abington would connect on two free throws and a final heave by Chester would fall short. 

Camper rejected two shots and cleaned the glass with six of his team high 12 rebounds in the final quarter. Camper finished the night with another double-double by also scoring 12 points. Carter jointed Camper and Sudan in double figures with 11 points on the night. With 10 assists on 20 made baskets, this marked the sixth time this season that at least half of Chester's made baskets have come off assists. Junior Brian Randolph III fell just short of double figures with 8 points including hitting on 3 of 4 free throw attempts. Rahmaad DeJarnette and Jah'meir Springfield completed the Chester scoring with 2 points apiece.

Chester will return to action tomorrow evening, December 30th, and close out the year 2016 when they take on the Pennsbury Falcons of the Suburban One League. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Chester Boys Basketball suffers first loss to Math Civic Science Charter

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester - 53, Math-Civic-Science Charter - 65

Chester (4-1) suffers its first loss of the season at the hands of the MCS Mighty Elephants 53-65 in the nightcap of the inaugural Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Classic. The Clippers took control 18-8 in the first quarter led by senior Jordan Camper with 6 of his team high 17 points. With MCS getting hot in the 2nd quarter, Chester was able to spread 13 points among 6 different plays to hold off the Elephants and take a 31-26 lead into intermission. For the first time this season the Clippers were not hitting their mark in the 3rd quarter scoring less than 20 points. With junior Brian Randolph III scoring 8 of career high 12 points in the period, Chester was able to stay close trailing by one 41-42 at the end of the quarter. Chester continued to slip at both ends of the floor and if not for the 7 points scored by Camper they would have not reached double digits for the first time this season. Senior dominated MCS knocked down 10 of 12 free throws in the final quarter to secure the win.

Jordan Camper finished the night with another double-double bring down 10 rebounds to go along with his 17 points. He also rejected 5 shots to walk away with the team MVP honors for the night. While he had an off night offensively scoring just 6 points, senior Jamar Sudan recorded his fifth double digit rebounding night as he led the Clippers with 12 boards. Jah'meir Springfield came off the bench to record 7 points. Senior Ahrod Carter and junior Rahmaad DeJarnette each contribued 4 points with sophomore Jaimhy Evans completed the scoring with 3 points. Chester continued to share the ball recording 12 assists on 19 made baskets.

Chester will return to action on Thursday, December 29th when they take on the Abington Ghost in the 12th Annual Pete Nelson Classic on the campus of Widener University. Tipoff is slated for 8:00 p.m.

Merry Christmas !

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Chester Boys Basketball wins over Reading

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester - 62, Reading - 51

The Chester Clippers remained undefeated at 4-0 with an impressive 62-51 win over the visiting Red Knights (3-2) of Reading High with University of Miami signee Lonnie Walker Jr. The Standing-Room-Only crowd at the Clip Joint was thoroughly entertained with a 18-15 first quarter edge by the home team. Senior Jamar Sudan led the way with 9 of his game high 16 points in the 1st. He also recorded his fourth double-double of the season by tying a career high with 14 rebounds. His front court mate, senior Jordan Camper used his 6'8" frame to dominate the paint by collecting a career high of 14 rebounds while entertaining the crowd with a couple of thunderous dunks. Camper also recorded a career high of 4 assists and finished the night just shy of a double-double with 9 points to help Chester to a 29-25 halftime advantage. The Clippers started the 3rd quarter in what has become the patented move - increased defense and offensive production. After being called for an offensive foul on their first possession, the Clippers would score on the their next six possession forcing the Red Knights into a timeout at 3:48 and trailing 44-30. The charge was led by sophomore point guard Michael 'Man-Man' Smith who scored 9 of his 14 points in the quarter. Senior Ahrod Carter got hot in the 3rd draining two treys for 6 of his 11 points. Adding 5 points from Sudan, 2 points from sophomore Rahmaad DeJarnette coupled with shutting out Walker and limiting Reading just 10 points; Chester would take a 51-35 lead into the final quarter. Several players were given the assignment of guarding Walker during the contest including junior Brian Randolph III, sophomores DeJarnette and Jaimhy Evans and the did a fantastic job. Walker scored 10 points in the 1st half and 3 points in the 4th quarter to finish with a team high of 13 points. Reading would fight back to close the gap to 58-51 with 2:11 on the clock before Camper would take control and score the final 4 points of the contest for the win.

Evans and Smith would each clean the boards with career highs of 4 rebounds. This Clippers team is just that a "Team" sharing the wealth both offensively and defensively. They used 11 assist to accumulate 20 made baskets.

Chester will return to action on Friday, December 23rd when the host and close out the 1st Annual Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Classic with an 8:15 pm scheduled tip-off against the Math-Civic-Science Charter Elephants.

The complete lineup for the event is as follows:
1:15 - Del Val Charter vs. Friendship (MD)
3:00 - Coatesville vs. Friends Central
4:45 - Bartram vs. Conwell-Egan
6:30 - Westtown (PA) vs. Atlantic City (NJ)
8:15 - MSC Charter vs. Chester

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Chester Boys Basketball vs J. P McCaskey

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester Moves to 3-0
The Clippers present and future was on display in Chester's (3-0) 82-47 victory over the visiting J.P. McCaskey Red Tornadoes (0-2). Senior Jamar Sudan led the way with his third double-double of this young season with 10 rebounds and a game high 18 points. Sophomore point guard Michael Smith controlled the game tempo with his season/career high of 13 points. Senior Jordan Camper registered his third double figure game with 11 points and controlled the paint with 5 rebounds and matching his career high of 7 blocked shots. Junior Brian Randolph III captured his first double-double of the season with career highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Junior forwards Timothy Johnston and Rahmaad DeJarnette each contributed 8 points with DeJarnette picking off a career high of 5 steals. Seniors Jah'meir Springfield and Ahrod Carter added 5 and 4 points respectively while sophomore Jaimhy Evans completed the scoring with 4 points.

McCaskey opened the game by scoring the first 3 points and Chester responded with buckets from Smith and Randolph and the Clippers never trailed again. Smith and Sudan each dropped in 7 points in the opening quarter to finish it with a 19-13 advantage. Chester increased their defensive intensity in the 2nd quarter and after a Carter feed slam-dunk by Sudan, the Red Tornadoes called for a timeout at 6:07 and now trailing 26-15. The Clippers closed out the 2nd quarter by doubling their opponents 14-7 to increase their lead to 40-22 at the intermission. Coming out for the 2nd half Chester continued their offensive onslaught by putting 27 points on the scoreboard in the 3rd quarter and limiting McCaskey to 12 and now holding a 67-34 advantage. Chester opened the final quarter with a 10-3 run to put the Mercy Rule in effect at 77-37.

Chester will return to action on Tuesday, December 20th when the Reading Red Knights visit the Clip Joint.