Picture by a parent: Chester High School Boys Basketball Team Del Val Champions
By Terry Thomas
The Del Val Championship returned to 9th & Barclay as the Clippers defeat the Penn Wood Patriots 44-33 at the Clip Joint. It was Senior Night and Brian Randolph III made sure his last regular season game was going to be one to be remembered. He put together an 11 point 4th quarter allowing Chester separation and the win. He finished with a double double, game high 18 points, 10 rebounds as well as 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Junior Michael Smith got the Clippers started connected on two treys and Randolph followed with a trey in the 1st quarter. Chester - 9, Penn Wood - 6. Freshman Karell Watkins led Chester with 4 second quarter points and junior Javan Graham added a bucket and the teams reversed scores from the first quarter. At the end of the 2nd quarter it was Chester - 15, Penn Wood - 15. A Penn Wood trey at the end of the 3rd quarter put the Clippers behind 25-28 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The seniors keep the Clippers close producing all 10 of their points; Timothy Johnston added 4 of his 6, Kylair Blackston produced his only bucket and Randolph went 4 of 4 from the charity stripe. On the first possession of the 4th quarter, Randolph knocked down a trey off an assist from sophomore Rahmee Gilbert to tie the game at 28. Michael Smith followed with a trey off an assist from Randolph and the Clippers took the lead for good 31-28 at 6:57. The Clippers stayed strong defensively holding Patriots to a mere 5 fourth quarter points to claim Coach Taylor his 1st Del Val Championship as Head Coach.
Freshman Karell Watkins had another productive night with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals. Smith just missed double figures with 9 points on three treys. Graham completed Chester's scoring with 3 points.
The Clippers will play their last regular season game on Friday, February 9th on the road against the Chichester Eagles. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 8th but was rescheduled due to the Eagles Super Bowl Parade being held on that date.