By Terry Thomas
The heat wave that was outside found its way inside the Fred Pickett Gymnasium as the Clippers scorched the Bucs 40-9 in the first half. Michael Smith led the charge in the first quarter scoring 7 of his 11 points. Brian Randolph III and Rahmee Gilbert each knocked down a trey while Timothy Johnston and Kylair Blackston each added put-back buckets. Chester was just as impressive on the defensive end holding their opponents to 4 points. Chester - 17, Interboro - 4. In the second quarter sophomore Rahmee Gilbert took over slicing his way to the basket for 8 of his team/career high 13 points. Sophomore Zahmir Carroll and Randolph both added 4 points, Smith and Isaiah Schmidt followed with 2 and Kavon Spells saw early action and knocked down a trey. Chester's 23 point quarter coupled with another defensive gem limiting the Bucs to 5 points resulted with the Clippers taking a 40-9 lead into intermission. The teams played even in the 3rd quarter and Chester led 51-40 going into the final period. Junior Javan Graham started the 4th quarter and took advantage of the opportunity scoring 6 points. Sophomore Malik Langley and senior Zahid Ferguson came off the bench to contribute 4 points apiece while Carroll completed the scoring with 2 points.
Carroll finished the night with 8 points and a career high 8 rebounds as well as 2 blocked shots. Gilbert's stat sheet included 2 assists, 3 rebounds and a career high of 6 steals. Although he only finished with 9 points, Randolph filled the stat sheet with 4 assists, 5 steals and 6 rebounds. Blackston added 5 points and 5 rebounds to the cause.
Chester kept its 2018 3-game win streak alive and improved its record to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Next up for the Clippers will be Philadelphia's Bartram Braves who visit the Clip Joint on Saturday, January 13th. The JV will tipoff at 5:00 pm with the Varsity to follow.