Friday, February 19, 2016

Chester Boys Basketball moves on to Semi-Finals

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester (19-6) continued to flex its defensive muscles enroute to a 49-33 victory over the visiting Central Bucks East Patriots. Closing out the 2015-16 season at the Clip Joint sends the Clippers to District-1 Final Four and a date with the 4th seeded Ridley Raiders on Tuesday, February 23rd at Temple University's Liacouras Center. The teams will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. in the night-cap following the other Semi-final matchup #2 Plymouth Whitemarsh vs. #11 Lower Merion.

While exhibiting the defensive pressure that enable them to hold the Patriots to just 4 first quarter points, the Clippers were just the opposite offensively and with many unforced turnovers. This resulted in Chester claiming a slim 8-4 lead after the first quarter with senior Khaleeq Campbell and junior Jamar Sudan scoring 3 points apiece. Stanley Davis connected on both of his free throws on Chester's first possession of the 2nd quarter, followed by a trey from junior Ahrod Carter and a putback dunk by fellow junior Jordan Camper and the Clippers were off to a quick 7-3 outburst. Carter would drain another trey and Hinson would close the quarter with a trey to finish with 5 points sparking a 17 points explosion as Chester pushed their lead to 9 points at the half, Chester - 25, CB East - 16. Sudan added 4 points to close the first half with 7 of his co-team high 10 points. He would finish the game with a double-double after hauling in a season high 13 rebounds. He would also contribute 2 steals and 1 assist on the night. As the pace of the game slowed in the 3rd quarter, the teams played even scoring 10 points apiece with the Clippers using five players while the Patriots used three for their point production, Chester - 35, CB East - 26. Chester's in your face man-to-man defensive in the final quarter was extremely effective as the held their opponent to zero field goals. The 7 points the Patriots were able to score came from 7 of 10 free throw attempts. Meanwhile the Clippers were entertaining the crowd with slashing baskets from Campbell and Stanley Davis coupled with a two-handed behind the head power dunk by Maurice Henry. Campbell's 4 fourth quarter points enabled him to join Sudan in double figures with 10 points.

Though his minutes are purposely limited as Coach Yarbray is breaking him into the rotation after missing several weeks due to injury, 6'8" Camper was very productive with in the paint with 6 rebounds and 1 blocked shot and of course his crowd pleasing 2nd quarter dunk.

Chester boxscore: Campbell (10), Sudan (10), Carter (8), Davis (8), Hinson (5), Colbert (4) Camper (2), Henry (2)

In his 8th year at the helm for the Clippers, this will be Coach Yarbray's 5th trip to the District-1 Tournament Final-Four.

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