Thursday, December 31, 2015

Chester Boys Basketball Continues Downward Slide at the Hands of Downingtown West

Chester - 51, Downingtown West - 55

Report by Terry Thomas

The Chester Clippers (2-5) continued their downward slide after suffering a 55-51 setback at the hands of the Downingtown West Whippets (10-1). Chester started the contest with a trey from senior Stanley Davis but the Whippets responded with an 8-0 run forcing the Clippers to call for a timeout at the 4:41 mark; Chester - 3, D'town West - 8. Coming out the timeout Chester showed signs of life with a 10-4 run to take the lead at 13-12. The Whippets scored on the next four points on a free throw and a trey to end the quarter. Chester - 13, Downingtown West - 16. Davis scored 9 of his team high 19 points in that opening stanza. Chester worked the ball around in the second quarter with five players in the scoring column. The Whippets however continued to knock down shots and was 30-22 with less than 30 seconds remaining in the quarter. On Chester next possession they worked the ball putting it in the hands of Jamar Sudan who scored and was fouled making the score 30-24. His missed free throw was rebounded and layed in by Maurice Henry, score 30-26. Stanley Davis pressured and stole the inbounds pass for a layup at the buzzer making the score Chester - 28, D'town West - 30. The team played even in the 3rd quarter each scoring 10 points with Davis leading the way for Chester with 6 more points; Chester - 38, D'town West - 40. After tying the contest at 46 with 3:46 remaining, the Clippers got careless with the ball and was unable to score on the next four possessions and found themselves trailing 46-52 at the 2:02 mark. Out of the timeout, Marquis Collins scored to bring his team to within 4 at 48-52. After another Clippers turnover and a missed layup, the Whippets were again up by six, 48-54 before Collins knocked down a trey with 0:02.9 seconds and a score of 51-54. The Whippets hit 1 of 2 free throws for the final score.

Jahmi Bailey-Green came in off the bench to score 6 points as fellow reserves Jordan Camper (3) and Dymon Colbert added 2 points. Khaleeq Campbell added 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds to go along with his 6 points. Marquis Collins finished with 7 points with Sudan and Henry each contributing 4 points to complete the scoring for Chester.

The Clippers will start the New Year by returning to the Clip Joint on Saturday, January 2nd when they play host to Philadelphia's Public League foe Bartram. The JV tips off at 6:00w with the Varsity game to follow.  Also on that night Chester will honor their only McDonald's All-American, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, with the retirement ceremony of his jersey #23.

Until then, Happy New Year.

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