Monday, January 30, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball rebounded from loss

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester - 69, Wm. Penn York - 65

Chester (13-4) rebounded from their loss on Thursday with a 69-65 victory over the host William Penn York Bearcats. Sophomore Michael 'Man-Man' Smith showed why he carries the nickname with a game high 19 points and tying his young career high of 6 assist to led the way for the Clippers. Senior big man Jordan Camper proved too much for the Bearcats with a double-double of 18 points and he also tied a career high with 10 blocked shots. Senior forward Jamar Sudan added another double-double for the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Completing the double figure scoring for the Clippers was senior shooting guard who finished with 13 points and a career high 5 assists. The team continued its unselfish play with 14 assists on 21 made baskets. After a two hour plus bus ride coupled with the energized Bearcats the Clippers found themselves trailing 13-18 in the first quarter despite 6 points from Camper. Jayden Iturmendi led York with 11 of his team high 19 points.  The Clippers seemed to get their feet under them in the second quarter both offensively and defensively. First by holding Iturmendi scoreless and limiting the Bearcats to just 8 points and then by connecting long distance with four treys enroute to a 17 point quarter which allowed Chester to hold a 30-26 lead at halftime. Smith connected on two treys while Carter and Sudan each contributed 5 point and a trey apiece. The Bearcats regain their shooting touch in the 3rd quarter but 6 for 6 free throw shooting and a combined 19 points from Smith, Carter and Camper allow the Clippers to remain on top 49-46 at the end of the quarter. The Bearcats long range shooting came into play in the final quarter which allowed them to stay close but when they needed a basket down the stretch Camper was in the lane to reject their shots. He accounted for three blocked shots in the final minute and a half. The Clippers stayed hot at the free throw line connecting on 11 of 14 fourth quarter attempts to seal the victory. Sudan led the Clippers in the 4th with 9 points followed by Camper with 6 and Smith 's 4 including his career high 4th of the game.

Chester will return to the Clip Joint for League play on Tuesday, January 31st when the Interboro Bucs visit 9th & Barclay.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball dropped a close one at Penn Wood

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester - 55, Penn Wood - 58

Chester (12-4, 5-1) dropped a close one at Penn Wood (11-5, 5-1) 55-58 to sit tied atop the Del Val. In the first quarter both teams were hitting their marks with Chester holding a slim 22-20 lead. Jamar Sudan led the way with 7 of his 11 points, Ahrod Carter found the mark for 5 of his team high 13, Jordan Camper dropped in four in the lane and sophomores Michael Smith and Jaimhy Evans each contributed 3 points. The teams applied a little pressure defensively in the 2nd quarter but the Clippers won the period 14-11 to take a 36-31 lead into intermission. With Sudan sitting with two quick 2nd quarter, junior Brian Randolph III took control for the Clippers with 6 of his 9 points, Carter and Smith each knocked down a trey and Camper added a dunk. In the third quarter, a trey from Randolph and a free throw from Camper game the Clippers their largest margin 42-33 at the 5:19 mark. With untimely turnovers and missed shots, the Patriots outscored the Clippers 10-0 to regain the lead 43-42 with 2:32 remaining in the quarter. Two free throws from Carter and a bucket by Sudan forced a tie at 46 as the 3rd quarter ended. After exchanging leads in the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Clippers were down 53-57 at the 3:17 mark.  A bucket by Camper got the Clippers with two 55-57 when the Patriots began the parade to the free throw line. After missing both free throws the Clippers were called for a foul away from the ball and the Patriots were back on the line. After making 1 of 2, Chester now trailed 55-58 with 16.3 seconds remaining in the contest. The ugly turnover monster would surface once again as the Clippers threw the ball away. The Patriots went back to the free throw line where they clanked both free throws and Smith heading down court with 5.5 seconds on the clock; only to have his shot fall short off the backboard.

The Clippers shared the ball with 17 assists on 21 made baskets which enabled three players to have double figures: Carter (13), Camper (11) and Sudan (11). Randolph finished with 9, Smith added 8 and Evans completed the scoring with 3. Carter also led with 5 assists followed by 4 each from Randolph and Smith.

The Clippers will once again hit the highway on Saturday, January 28th they they travel to York, PA to take on the William Penn (York) Bearcats. The JV game tips off at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball beats Glen Mills

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester 70, Glen Mills 50

The Chester Clippers (12-3) completed the first half of league play at 5-0 with a decisive 70-50 victory over the visiting Glen Mills Battlin Bulls. Senior Jordan Camper got the Clippers started with an alley-oop from sophomore Michael Smith and Chester never looked back. Smith handed out 4 of his 5 assists in the opening quarter as Chester sprinted out to a 23-12 lead. Senior Jamar Sudan and junior Brian Randolph III led the Clippers with 7 points apiece, a trey and a couple free throws accounted for senior Ahrod Carter's points. Sophomore Jaimhy Evans dropped in a layup to complete the scoring. Sophomore Rahmaad DeJarnette came off the bench to lead the team in the second quarter where he scored all 7 of his points as Chester increased its lead to 17 at the half. Chester - 44, Glen Mills - 27. Sudan drove the lane for his final six points in the 3rd with a trey from senior Tyrel Lennon and buckets from Smith, Camper and junior Timothy Johnston enabled the Clippers to further extend their lead to 21 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Chester - 59, Glen Mills - 38. The Clippers went long distance in the final quarter with senior Jah'meir Springfield connecting on two treys and Johnston added a trey. Evans added two more points to finish with 4 on the night.

Sudan accounted for another double-double cleaning the boards with 10 rebounds to go along with his game high 17 points. Randolph finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds and Camper who suffered an eye injury in the first quarter tallied 4 points, 3 blocked shots and 4 rebounds. The team finished the night with 14 assists on 26 made baskets. Ten of the 12 Clippers who saw action entered their name in the scoring column.

Chester continues league play on Thursday, January 26th when the travel to the 'Shoebox' on Essex Ave to take on the Penn Wood Patriots.

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.