By Terry Thomas
The Clippers (11-2, 4-0) were too much for the Buccaneers and easily sailed for a 86-34 win. Chester jumped out to a 26-8 first quarter lead and never looked back. Karell Watkins and Akeem Taylor Jr led the way scoring 7 points apiece in the first quarter. Rahmee Gilbert scored 5 of his 7, Fareed Burton Jr dropped in 3 of his 6 and Zahmir Carroll put-back 4 points. The Clippers increased their lead to 39-17 at the intermissions.
Chester played the 3rd quarter as if it was the first proving that the Bucs had no answer for the Clippers inside game. Watkins punished them with 12 of his game high 24 points. His inside mate Carroll added 6 points and Taylor hit from inside (dunk) and outside (trey) for 5 of his 13 points. Gilbert capped off the scoring with a reverse layup. The Clippers led 64 - 27 at the end of the quarter
The reserves took over the final 8 minutes and it was bombs-away. The Clippers knocked down six treys in the quarter. Faheem Berry launched 3, J'shon Lawler connected on 2 and Lenny Camacho added 1. Berry's three-pointed at the 5:30 mark pushed the score to 67-27 thus invoking the "Mercy Rule". Shaquan Horsey scored off an offensive rebound and Jahmaige Womack went 2 for 2 from the line for the Clippers 22 fourth quarter points. The Clippers finished the game with ten 3-point field goals
The Clippers will travel to Pittsburgh to participate in the 2nd Annual Stand Against Violence Showcase on the campus of Woodland Hills High School. Chester's opponents on Saturday, Jan 18 was changed from New Town (MD) to Baltimore Poly. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, the Clippers will face off at 1:00 p.m. against Bishop Loughlin out of Brooklyn, NY.
JV GAME RECAP
Chester (10-2) stormed passed Interboro with a 24-3 third quarter enroute to a 60-27 win. Edward Harmon led with a game high 17 points and Nasir Madison joined him in double figures with 10 points.