Chester Clippers: Dave Burman
Defending Champ Allen Loses Hard-Fought Game with State Champ Chester:
Chester 41, Allentown Allen 36
Defending tourney champ Allen got a break and a win when Harrisburg pulled out of the tournament with two forfeit losses. The Cougars, reportedly, are playing in a Hoop Group Team Camp at Albright College and didn't have enough players to field a squad.
So, the Canaries advanced to the third round where they met up with defending PIAA 4A state champion Chester. Allen revved up a large, hometown crowd around Court 1 with a 7-0 start, but couldn't sustain the early momentum.
"Chester didn't have all of its guys here and I am sure Rondae Jefferson, who is a big-time player, was at a major AAU tournament," coach Doug Snyder said. "But that's still the Chester Clippers and we could still point to them and say to our kids that that's the level we want to be at."
Snyder was proud that his Canaries didn't back down, but Allen had some difficult stretches offensively. At one point the Clippers had a block party going.
"There's a certain physicality you need when you play Chester," Snyder said. "You have to attack the rim, you have to box out, you have to get loose balls and be strong with the ball yourself or they will make you pay. We had some opportunities and missed some makeable shots. But ultimately, they put the screws to us with their pressure."
Still, Snyder looked around at more than 500 people watching this game and said to his kids, "It doesn't get much better than this. This is fun."
Snyder said: "I enjoyed the heck out of this game, and, win or lose, the kids should, too. And now we get to come back and play another game at 8 in the morning."
*Updates on Sunday's Finals:
Emmaus stuns Chester at Allentown tournament this afternoon 54-40. Chester must win twice at 4 PM and 6 PM to advance to championship game at 7:30 PM tonight.