Chester (13-6) traveled to Whitehall to take on the Zephyrs and came away with a 76-68 victory. With senior Marquis Collins out for the next several weeks due to a shoulder injury suffered in practice, his classmate Khaleeq Campbell took the helm and guided the Clippers with a career highs of 28 points and 6 treys. Seniors Stanley Davis and DeShawn Hinson joined him in double figures with 17 and 16 points respectively. Hinson marking a career high with his point production.

Despite the cold temperature in the gym, the Zephyrs were hot in the first quarter to the tune of 24 points and their fans could sense an upset in the making. Campbell’s eight 1st quarter points kept the Clippers within striking distance. Chester – 12, Whitehall – 24.

In the 2nd quarter, the Clippers gathered themselves defensively limiting Whitehall to just 11 points with 3 coming as the quarter ended. Meanwhile Campbell matched the Zephyrs point for point with 11 of his own. After Chester found themselves trailing 15-28, Coach Yarbray called timeout at 4:55 to refocus his players. The Clippers responded with a 9-2 run forcing a Whitehall timeout at 3:13 and a score of 24-30. Chester answered that timeout with another patented Clipper 13-2 run before the shot at the end of the quarter. Hinson contributed 5 points, Maurice Henry added 4 while Davis and Jamar Sudan each dropped in 2 points during the 2nd quarter outburst. Halftime: Chester – 37, Whitehall – 35.

In the third quarter, Whitehall resumed their hot streak and recaptured the lead 51-55 going into the final period. The Clippers clamped down and held the Zephyrs without a field goal and put on an offensive show of their own with a 18-5 run before Whitehall knocked down a trey at 1:01 and the score now Chester – 69, Whitehall – 63. The run comprised of 8 points from Hinson including 2 treys, 5 from Davis and Jamal Jones dropped in 5 of his 7 points. After the Whitehall timeout at 1:01, it was a parade to the foul line for the Clippers where they connected on 7 of 9 shots to seal the win. Campbell was 4 for 5, Hinson was 2 for 2 and Davis was 1 for 2.

Chester will return to league play on Tuesday, February 2nd when the Academy Park Knights visit the Clip Joint.

Terry Thomas