Saturday, February 10, 2018

Chester Clippers Boys Basketball ruins Chichester's senior night

By Terry Thomas

The Chichester Eagles discovered a healthy Chester Clippers is the wrong team to schedule for Senior Night. The Clippers interrupted the party to the tune of 107-75 completing a sweep of the Del Val at 10-0 and an overall regular season record of 16-6. The Eagles DaQuann Granberry scored 11 of his team high 15 points in the opening quarter but it was not enough to offset the 13 points from Michael Smith and the 30 points the Clippers put-up on the scoreboard. The 30 points were the highest the Clippers at scored since the 4th quarter in a 52-57 loss to Lower Merion back on December 9, 2017. The Clippers used 7 players to produce their 1st quarter output. Joining Smith was Brian Randolph III (5), Rahmee Gilbert and Rahmaad DeJarnette with 3 apiece, Timothy Johnston, Karell Watkins and Kylair Blackston added 2 each. With the return of DeJarnette, the energy from the 1st quarter carried over into the 2nd. DeJarnette last donned the Clippers uniform in game action on December 22, 2017 that was 17 games ago and his teammate cheered "Welcome Back Maady" after each bucket. DeJarnette first made his presence felt on the defensive end as he was responsible for holding Granberry to just 2 points in the 2nd quarter. At the same time offensively, DeJarnette accounted for 10 of his career high 17 points. Smith meanwhile remained unstoppable scoring from all over the floor with 11 more points. With the abundance of fouls being called, freshman Karell Watkins stepped in to produce 6 of his 10 points. And after buckets from Blackston and sophomore Malik Langley who missed the last two games with a shoulder injury the Clippers had a new season quarter high of 31 points. At intermission it was Chester - 61, Chichester - 40. The Clippers entered the 3rd quarter determined not to let the Eagles back into the contest. Once again they limited Granberry to a mere bucket which turned out to be his last points of the night. On the other hand, Randolph led the Clippers with 7 of his 12 points, Blackston dropped in 6 of his 10 and Smith added the last 5 of his game high 29 points. DeJarnette added another bucket and Johnston's putback accounted for his 4th point on the afternoon. Javan Graham and Rahnel Sparks each knocked down a mid-range jumper to add their names to the scoring column. The Eagles were able to muster 14 points but they could not get out of the quicksand. At the end of the third it was Chester - 87, Chichester - 54. With two free throws from freshman Watkins capping a 7-0 run to start the 4th quarter, Chester had invoked the "Mercy Rule" at the 6:25 mark with a 94-54 score. The only question that remained is who would put the Clippers over the century mark. That honor went to junior Rahnel Sparks after knocking down another mid-range jumper to give the Clippers points 100 and 101. Senior Isaiah Schmidt became the 6th Clipper in double figures on the afternoon with 10 points in the quarter.

The Clippers continued to share the ball accounting for 20 assists on 37 made baskets. The Clippers were also very economical scoring an average of 1.34 points on each possession. Defensively, they protected the paint with 9 blocked shots. It was a totally dominating performance. "Welcome back, Maady".

The last time the Clippers passed the century mark was back on February 3, 2011 in a 109-42 win against, yes, the Chichester Eagles. In the last 25 years, Chester has scored over 100 points on 8 different occasions and Chichester has been on the receiving end three times.

Today's game marks the end of the regular season. The District-1 Class 5A Tournament begins on Wednesday, February 21st. The team's opponent will be announced after the District 1 Seeding Meeting on Sunday, February 11th.