By Terry Thomas
The Clippers behind a career high 32 points from junior Karell Watkins easily defeated the Chichester Eagles 78-58 at the Clip Joint. Watkins finished with a double-double by collecting 12 rebounds; just for good measures he added 3 assists and 4 steals to his stat sheet. Chester is now 15-3 overall and 7-0 in league play.
Unlike their previous game, the Clippers started with energy as Watkins dropped in 10, Akeem Taylor Jr supplied 6 points with Zahmir Carroll and Fareed Burton Jr added 4 and 2 respectively. The end results had Chester ahead 22-9 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Clippers got careless in the 2nd quarter allowing the Eagles to cut into the deficit. At the intermission the Chester lead was down to 37-28.
The Clippers opened the 3rd quarter with a 14-0 run squashing any hopes the Eagles may have had regarding an upset. The Eagles stopped the run with a bucket at the 5 minutes marked bringing the score to 51-30. Watkins flooded the lane with 15 points with his front-court mate Carroll contributing 6 points; Taylor dropped in the final two points off an assist from Rahmee Gilbert. The quarter ended with Chester ahead 60-42.
The teams played out the final 8 minutes trading baskets. Jahmaige Womack and J'shon Lawler led the way for the Clippers with 6 and 5 points. Burton added a trey to finish the contest with 11 points and a career high 7 assists. He also matched career highs of 5 steals and 2 blocked shots.
Zahmir Carroll finished with 12 points and a season high 3 blocked shots. Taylor was the fourth Clippers in double figures with 10 points. He also recorded 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
The Clippers ended the contest with 21 assists on 30 made baskets. It marked the 2nd time this season they recorded 20 or more assists in a contest. They also protected the basket with 9 blocked shots; Womack and Gilbert were credited with 1 block apiece.
Chester will head to Atlantic City over the weekend to participate in the Battle By The Bay Showcase being held at Atlantic City High School. The Clippers will face off against St.Joseph's from Hammonton, NJ on Saturday, February 1st. Tip-off is slated for 12:30 p.m.
JV GAME RECAP
Donziar Ellis and Keenen Warren led the way with game highs of 10 points apiece as the Clippers protected their home court with a 49-38 win. After seeing their eleven point, 22-11, halftime lead cut to four, 33-29, at the end of the third quarter; the Clippers used a 16-9 fourth quarter to secure the victory. The other Clippers scorers were: William Smith (4), Naeem Scott Jr (6), Yinka Itabiyi (3), Nasir Madison (6), Edward Harmon (7) and Jermere Clark with 3 points.