Thursday, January 16, 2020

Chester Sails Past Chichester

By Terry Thomas

Chester remained undefeated in Del Val League action with a 74-60 win over the host Chichester Eagles. With the win, the Clippers improved to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in league play. Senior Zahmir Carroll took the helm on Chichester Avenue recording a double-double with a career high of 21 points and season high of 13 rebounds. He also filled the stat sheet with 2 assists, 1 blocked shot and a career high of 4 steals. Carroll has been instrumental during the current Clippers six game win streak having scored double figures in 4 of the 6 games.

After an old fashioned three point play by Carroll gave Chester the lead at 6-4, the Clippers sailed on never to relinquish their lead. The Clippers led 21-9 after the first period and 38-22 at the half. Rahmee Gilbert and Akeem Taylor Jr each scored eight first half points as they went on to score 11 and 15.

Chester continued to apply pressure at both ends of the court in the second half and after another 3-point play by Carroll gave the Clippers a 71-48 margin; it was time for the reserves. Starters Fareed Burton Jr and Karell Watkins accounted for 7 and 8 points. Reserves Faheem Berry contributed 7 points and J'shon Lawler chipped in with 5 points.

Chester will return to the Clip Joint and continue league play on Thursday, January 16th with the Interboro Bucs in town.

Chester's JV stretched their win streak to 5 games and improved their record to 9-2 with an easy 57-40 win over the Eagles. Yinka Itabiyi and Donziar Ellis led the way with 11 and 10 points respectively. The Clippers led by 6 at the half, 23-17 but increased their margin to 16 by the end of the third quarter, 40-24, behind two treys from Naeem Scott Jr. Jermere Clark dropped in 4 of his 6 points in the quarter.

The other Chester scorers were Naeem Scott Jr (9), Edward Harmon (8), Saahir McMillan (7), Nasir Madison (5) and Lenny Camacho (1).

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Chester Win at Harrisburg

By Terry Thomas

The Clippers (9-2) took advantage of their fast start and turned back the Harrisburg Cougars 61-54. Akeem Taylor Jr and Karell Watkins jump started the Clippers with 6 points each in the opening quarter. Meanwhile their defensive intensity was too much for the Cougars as they were limited to just 6 first quarter points. With five first quarter rebounds, junior point guard Fareed Burton Jr became the difference maker in game as he recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds; three of those points came in the first quarter.

Burton along with Zahmir Carroll led the way in the 2nd quarter with 4 points apiece. Faheem Berry came off the bench to knock down a trey and Watkins matched him with three points. Chester was able to stretch the lead 33-18 at the intermission.

The Clippers opened the 3rd quarter with a 7-2 run as their lead ballooned to twenty points, 40-20, after a bucket by Taylor at the 4:50 mark. Watkins led the way in the 3rd quarter with 6 points. A trey from Carroll helped keep the Cougars at bay with the score, Chester - 46, Harrisburg - 32 at the end of the quarter.

The fourth quarter saw the Clippers become careless with the ball thus allowing the Cougars to cut into their lead. With 1:47 on the clock Chester's lead was shorten to just ten points, 57-47. Six points from Burton and three from Taylor enable the Clippers to secure the win on the road.

The Clippers put four players in double figures: Watkins (17), Burton (13), Carroll (13) and Taylor (11). Rahmee Gilbert and Faheem Berry completed the scoring with 4 and 3 points respectively.

The Clippers return to Del Val League action when they travel to Boothwyn to take on the Chichester Eagles on Tuesday, January 14th. The JV game will start at 3:30 p.m. with the Varsity to follow.

Chester Wins Easy Against Academy Park

By Terry Thomas

The Clippers dominate the middle two quarters (33-15) to dismantle the Knights 77-55 at the Clip Joint. With the win Chester improves to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in Del Val League play. The teams went basket for basket in the first quarter and it ended tied at 18. Junior Karell Watkins led the way for Chester with 7 of his team high 18 points followed by senior Akeem Taylor who deposited 6 of his 15 points. Senior Zahmir Carroll drop a trey of his 11 and senior Rahmee Gilbert contributed 2 of his 10.

The 2nd quarter was all together different as the Clippers press and defensive pressure forced many Knight turnovers resulting in a 16-0 run. The run ended when the Knights Tahriq Marrero hit a trey as the buzzer sounded to end the half. It was now Chester - 34, Academy Park - 21. Taylor led with 7, Gilbert floated in 4, Watkins pushed in 3 and Carroll's put-back added the final two.

Chester continued their outburst opening the 3rd quarter with an 8-2 run for a 42-25 lead with 4:52 remaining. The damage was performed by the inside game of Watkins and Carroll scoring 4 points apiece. After a 8-0 spurt by the Knights cut into the margin at 42-33, the Clippers responded with a 9-0 run to end the quarter at 51-33. Watkins dropped in his final 4 points, followed by a trey from senior Faheem Berry and Taylor's final two points.

The Knights could not stop the Clippers as they began the final 8 minutes with a 10-2 outburst led by Berry with 6 of his career high 12 points. The scoreboard now read; Chester - 61, Academy Park - 35. Senior J'shon Lawler came off the bench to score his career high of 5 points. Senior Jahmaige Womack also came off the bench to produce a career high of 5 rebounds to go along with his two points and 1 blocked shot. Juniors Lenny Camacho and Shaquan Horsey also scored two points apiece.

The Clippers ended the contest with five players in double figures with Watkins accounting for a double double with a season high 14 rebounds. The Clippers controlled the boards with a 52-26 rebound advantage.

Next up for the Clippers is a Saturday, January 11th, road trip where they will take on the Harrisburg Cougars out of District 3. The JV game will tip-off at 2:30 p.m. with the Varsity to follow.

Chester's JV moved their record to 7-2 after crushing the Knights 59-37. Chester led 12-2 after the 1st period led by Nasir Madison with 6. They increased their lead to 26-10 at the intermission. Lenny Camacho put in 8 in the period to share game high of 12 points with Madison. Donziar Ellis and Shaquan Horsey each drop in 5 points as the Clippers pulled away in the 3rd outscoring the Knights 22-8 to hold the lead at 48-18 after 3 periods. Ellis also finished in double figures with 10 points while Horsey ended the contest with 9 points.

The remaining Chester points came from Saahir McMillan and Edward Harmon with 4 apiece, Yinka Itabiyi, Kareem Devore and Keenan Warren - 2 each and William Smith and Jermere Clark each added 1 point.