by Terry Thomas ===>Chester ended the regular season on a winning note with a 64-47 Del Val League victory over the host Glen Mills Battlin Bulls. With the win the Clippers finish with a 17-5 record overall and 8-2 in the league.
The Clippers once again started slow but five first quarter points from senior Jamar Sudan allowed them to hold a slim 13-10 lead. Things got worst for the Clippers in the 2nd quarter as they were held to just 9 points but were unable to stop the agressive play of the Battlin Bulls which took the lead into intermission. Chester 22, Glen Mills – 26.
The Clippers exploded in the 3rd quarter for a 26 point outburst led by senior Ahrod Carter who produced 13 of his game high 17 points including three treys. Sophomore Michael Smith added 4 of his 10 and senior Larry Yarbray Jr knocked down a trey for 3 of his 5. Sophomore Jaimhy Evans and junior Brian Randolph III each contributed a bucket while senior Jordan Camper slammed home 2 points but controlled the lane with 3 of his 6 blocked shots. The end result was a 48-37 Chester lead after three quarters.
The Clippers were aggressive driving to the basket in the final 8 minutes resulting in a parade to foul line where they connected on 11 of 15 free throws. Sudan led the way with7 of 8 shooting. Smith was 2 for 2 and Evans went 2 for 4. Senior Jah’meir Springfield connected from long distance for his 3 points and Camper finished with another dunk for this 8th point on the afternoon.
Sudan filled out the stat sheet with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots. Camper recorded 7 rebounds and 1 steal to go along with his 8 points.
Chester will await the results of the District-1 Committee seeding meeting on Sunday, February 12th. With the PIAA moving to six classes, Chester will participate in the District and State Tournaments in the Class 5-A level and their opponent will be determined based on the Sunday’s meeting. The Clippers are projected to be the #1 and will host the opening round on Wednesday, February 22nd.