By Terry Thomas
Chester (14-4) claimed at least a share of the Del Val League Championship with a 81-24 domination of the visiting Interboro Bucs. The win moved the Clippers to 7-0 in league play with three league games remaining and Academy Park sitting in 2nd place with a 4-3 league record. The win also keeps the Clippers unbeaten in 2019 with their 10th consecutive victory.
The Clippers took control of the game early and maintain control throughout. Chester led 21-4 after the first quarter and 42-10 at the half. The onslaught continued in the third quarter when they outscored their opponent 27-14 to enforce the Mercy Rule for a 69-24 margin entering the fourth quarter. The defensive effort continued in the final quarter and coupled with a running clock the Bucs were held scoreless while the Clippers added 12 more to their total.
Sophomore Karell Watkins was the force in the first half where he totaled 16 of his game high 26 points and 9 of his 16 rebounds. This marks his 16th double-double of the season. Senior Michael Smith took over in the third quarter putting up 14 of his 23 points. He also contributed 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals on the night.
Nine of the eleven Clippers scored in the contest: Rahmee Gilbert (8), Akeem Taylor Jr and Rahmaad DeJarnette with 7 apiece, Christian Massena (4) and Fareed Burton Jr, Javan Graham and Naim Berry Jr each contributed 2 points.
Chester will travel to take on the Glen Mills Battlin Bulls on Friday, February 1st. The Varsity will place first with a 3:30 tip-off followed by the JV.