By Terry Thomas
The Clippers (2-5) returned home to the Clip Joint and opened 2018 with a 55-38 victory over the Christiana Vikings. Senior Kylair Blackston stepped into the starting lineup and produced a career high 12 points joining fellow senior Brian Randolph III with team highs. Sophomore Rahmee Gilbert started his second consecutive game and dropped in 5 of his 9 points in the opening quarter as Chester held a slight 14-13 advantage. Blackston scored 6 points in the second quarter off missed shots allowing the Clippers to play even with the Vikings; taking a 25-24 lead into intermission. Randolph led the way in the 3rd quarter with 5 points and senior Timothy Johnston came off the bench to score 4 of his 8 points. With the Clippers tightening their defense and holding the Vikings to 5 third quarter points; Chester increased their lead to 38-29 going into the final 8 minutes. The Clippers continued their defensive stance limiting their opponents to 9 points while Randolph led the way offensively with 7 fourth quarter points. Chester outscored Christiana 17-9 in the final quarter.
Michael Smith added 8 points and Javan Graham, Malik Langley and Isaiah Schmidt each contributed 2 points to complete the scoring for the Clippers.
The Clippers will hit the road on Tuesday, January 12th to open Del Val League play when they visit the Academy Park Knights.