By Terry Thomas==> The Chester Clippers remained undefeated at 4-0 with an impressive 62-51 win over the visiting Red Knights (3-2) of Reading High with University of Miami signee Lonnie Walker Jr.
The Standing-Room-Only crowd at the Clip Joint was thoroughly entertained with a 18-15 first quarter edge by the home team. Senior Jamar Sudan led the way with 9 of his game high 16 points in the 1st. He also recorded his fourth double-double of the season by tying a career high with 14 rebounds. His front court mate, senior Jordan Camper used his 6’8″ frame to dominate the paint by collecting a career high of 14 rebounds while entertaining the crowd with a couple of thunderous dunks. Camper also recorded a career high of 4 assists and finished the night just shy of a double-double with 9 points to help Chester to a 29-25 halftime advantage.
The Clippers started the 3rd quarter in what has become the patented move – increased defense and offensive production. After being called for an offensive foul on their first possession, the Clippers would score on the their next six possession forcing the Red Knights into a timeout at 3:48 and trailing 44-30. The charge was led by sophomore point guard Michael ‘Man-Man’ Smith who scored 9 of his 14 points in the quarter. Senior Ahrod Carter got hot in the 3rd draining two treys for 6 of his 11 points. Adding 5 points from Sudan, 2 points from sophomore Rahmaad DeJarnette coupled with shutting out Walker and limiting Reading just 10 points.
Chester would take a 51-35 lead into the final quarter.Reading would fight back to close the gap to 58-51 with 2:11 on the clock before Camper would take control and score the final 4 points of the contest for the win.
Several players were given the assignment of guarding Walker during the contest including junior Brian Randolph III, sophomores DeJarnette and Jaimhy Evans and they did a fantastic job. Walker scored 10 points in the 1st half and 3 points in the 4th quarter to finish with a team high of 13 points.
Evans and Smith would each clean the boards with career highs of 4 rebounds. This Clippers team is just that a “Team” sharing the wealth both offensively and defensively. They used 11 assist to accumulate 20 made baskets.
Chester will return to action on Friday, December 23rd when the host and close out the 1st Annual Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Classic with an 8:15 pm scheduled tip-off against the Math-Civic-Science Charter Elephants.
The complete lineup for the event is as follows:
1:15 – Del Val Charter vs. Friendship (MD)
3:00 – Coatesville vs. Friends Central
4:45 – Bartram vs. Conwell-Egan
6:30 – Westtown (PA) vs. Atlantic City (NJ)
8:15 – MSC Charter vs. Chester
note: I think the Hollis-Jefferson Classic is at Chester High School.