Monday, December 30, 2013

Chester Falls To Neumann-Goretti

By Terry Thomas

Chester (6-1) suffers its first loss of the season with a 73-55 defeat at the hands of the Neumann-Goretti Saints. The Clippers Mahir Johnson scored 9 of his game high 19 points in the first quarter but it was not enough as Chester trailed 19-22. The Clippers would be looking up at a deficit the entire contest. Chester fell short on the defensive end of this contest allowing the Saints to score from all areas of the court especially in the paint. At the half, the Clippers were down 26-41. Chester tried to make a run in the third quarter when a trey by Jahmi Bailey got the Clippers within ten at 34-44 at the 5:38 mark. The Saints responded with some quick baskets to push the lead back to thirteen - 41-54 with 2:27 left in the quarter. Chester continued to fight back winning the quarter 21-19 but still trailed 60-47 going into the final quarter. In the final quarter the Saints milked the clock and coupled with Chester's bad shooting night, limited the Clippers to a mere eight points in the quarter and stretched their winning margin to 18 points. Mahir Johnson was Chester's game MVP with his 19 points. Tyrell Sturdivant finished with 16 points but had his streak of 6 consecutive double-doubles ended as limited to just four rebounds. This was added to his limited play due to early foul trouble.

The Clippers will get a well needed week off to recoup from this defeat. They will return to action on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 when they travel Academy Park for a Del-Val League contest. The Junior Varsity game will tip-off at 5:30 with the Varsity game to follow.

Happy New Year! 

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