Saturday, January 25, 2020

Chester gets back on Winning Track

Pittsburgh Games

By Terry Thomas

Chester (12-3) rebounded from their Saturday setback with a 65-57 victory over Brooklyn's Bishop Loughlin Lions. The Clippers started fast opening the game with a 9-0 run only to let it slip away and end the quarter dead-locked at 13. After a 3-point play from senior Zahmir Carroll and buckets from Akeem Taylor Jr and Fareed Burton Jr, junior Karell Watkins would break game open scoring 8 of his game high 28 points. The Clippers led 33-20 at the intermission.

The Lions fought back in the third cutting into the Clippers lead. Watkins added 6 points for the Clippers who now led 45-36 at the end of the quarter. Chester regrouped in the fourth quarter and with 1:10 remaining a put-back from Watkins gave the Clippers a 65-48 margin. During that stretch, Watkins put in 8 points followed Burton and Taylor with 5 apiece and two free throws from junior Lenny Camacho. With the benches emptied, the Lions were able to cut into the deficit.

Watkins ended with another double-double adding 17 rebounds to go along with his 28 points. Taylor and Burton joined him in double figures with 13 and 11 points respectively. 

Clippers run aground in Pittsburgh

By Terry Thomas

Chester's (11-3) win streak halted at seven in Pittsburgh after falling 67-86 to the nationally ranked Baltimore Poly Parrots (12-1). The Clippers led 15-13 after the first period, senior Zahmir Carroll took control scoring 11 of his team high 19 points. In the second quarter, Chester could not keep up with the Parrots being outscored 24-13 and looking up at a 28-37 deficit at halftime.

The Clippers came out attacking the basket in the 3rd quarter led by senior Rahmee Gilbert who scored 8 of his 18 points. Chester were able to hang close staying close 47-58 at the end of the quarter. The Clippers continued trading baskets with the Parrots and with 2:50 remaining was still facing the 11-point hole. Gilbert and Carroll continued their attacked and they were joined by junior Karell Watkins who added 5 of his 13 points. The scoreboard now read Chester - 61, Baltimore Poly - 72. On the inside strength of their Marquette signee, 6'8" forward Justin Lewis, the Parrots closed the game on a 14-6 run


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