By Terry Thomas ===> Chester falls to Academy Park 69-66 on a trey with 3.2 seconds left in the contest. The loss means the Clippers (16-5, 7-2) relinquishes control of its destiny in the league title picture. Chester now need a win on Friday against Glen Mills and a loss by Penn Wood in order to share the title.
In the opening quarter the Clippers did not match the Knight’s intensity as they were celebrating senior night as found themselves in a 7-18 hole. The Clippers seniors found their footing in the 2nd quarter accounting for 22 of the team’s 24 points and close the gap to 2 points at the half. Ahrod Carter led the way with 8 points followed by Jamar Sudan (7), Jah’meir Springfield (5) and Jordan Camper’s 2 points. Sophomore Jaimhy Evans dropped in the remaining two points. Chester – 31, Academy Park – 33.
The teams exchanged bucket for bucket during the 3rd quarter and with the Clippers trailing 46-49, Sudan completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:15 remaining to tie the game at 49. The Knight’s responded with a trey and Evans answered with a bucket and the Clippers were one point shy at the end of the quarter. Chester – 51, Academy Park – 52.
Six Clippers scored in the 20 point third quarter led by sophomore Michael Smith with 5 and Camper rejected 4 shots in the quarter to keep it close. The final 8 minutes were very intense as their were five lead changes and three ties. Trailing by 3, Carter dropped in a bucket at 1:00 to bring the Clippers with one, 64-65. The Knight’s only made 1 of 2 free throws after a Chester turnover and on their next possession Carter was fouled knocking down both free throws to tie the game at 66 with 20 seconds remaining. The Clippers played outstanding defense for 16.8 seconds but slipped with 3.2 on the clock. The Clippers called timeout but were unable to force a tie with a score.
Ahrod Carter led the Clippers with 20 points and Jamar Sudan recorded a double-double with 19 points and a career high 15 rebounds. Michael Smith finished with 7 points and Camper, Evans and Springfield each contributed 6. Brian Randolph III had 2 points on the night.
The Clippers will complete the regular season on the road at Glen Mills on Friday, February 10th. The game was rescheduled due to the snow storm on Thursday. The Varsity tips off at 3:30 pm with the JV to follow.