Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Chester Boys Basketball advances to Quarter-Finals

Report by Terry Thomas

The Chester Clippers (18-6) put on a defensive clinic in the Clip Joint with a convincing 56-34 victory over the visiting Hatboro-Horsham Hatters. Chester limited their opponent to single digit scoring in 3 of the 4 quarters; they slipped and gave up 11 in the 3rd. Their man-to-man was in full effect as they held the Hatters Clifton Moore to a mere 2 points after lighting up the Strath Haven Panthers with 28 points in their 1st round contest. Only four players scored for Hatboro in the contest. Stanley Davis scored the first point for the Clippers by connecting on 1 of 2 free throws and Chester never looked back. Senior Khaleeq Campbell drained a trey and connected on two free throws and fellow senior Deshawn Hinson continued to make the most of his opportunity as a starter and drained two treys to give his team a 12-9 lead at the end of the quarter. The Clippers bench ignited an 8-2 run to start the 2nd quarter forcing a Hatters timeout at 3:44, Chester - 20, Hatboro - 11. Jahmi Bailey-Green started the run with a bucket followed by junior Ahrod Carter (4) and senior Jamal Jones 2 points. After two free throws from Campbell, Coach Yarbray called for a timeout at 1:53 and his team ahead 24-13. Out of the time-out, Deshawn Hinson stole the Hatters inbound pass and scored to push the lead to 26-13. Campbell drained another trey to give the Clippers a 29-15 advantage at the intermission. Davis took control in the 3rd quarter scoring 6 of his 11 points, Hinson added 3 more to his team high 13 points and a bucket by Campbell for his 12th point. Hatboro was forced to call three timeouts in the 3rd quarter to stop runs with their final timeout called at the 2:48 mark and trailing 42-21. The 3rd quarter ended with Chester now leading 42-26. Junior Jordan Camper seeing limited action since returning from a wrist injury made the most of his fourth quarter appearance with a thunder dunk off an assist from Carter and a put-back basket to finish with 4 points. Sudan added a one handed dunk off an assist from Davis, junior Shaquan Francis added his name to the scoring column with a15 footer off a feed from Larry Yarbray Jr. and Carter completed the scoring with a bucket off an assist from Hinson.

Clippers boxscore: Hinson (13), Campbell (12), Davis (11), Carter (6), Sudan (4), Camper (4), Bailey-Green (2), Jones (2), Francis (2).

With tonight's victory and an upset of #1 seeded Coatesville by Central Bucks East, the Clippers have earned one more game at the Clip Joint on Friday, February 19th with a tip-off at 7:00.

Also by advancing to the Quarter-Finals, Chester will garner one of the District's automatic bids and return to the State Tournament.

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