The heatwave that was outside found it’s way inside the Fred Pickett Gymnasium as the Clippers scorched the Bucs 40-9 in the first half.

Michael Smith led the charge in the first quarter scoring 7 of his 11 points. Brian Randolph III and Rahmee Gilbert each knocked down a trey while Timothy Johnston and Kylair Blackston each added put-back buckets. Chester was just as impressive on the defensive end holding their opponents to 4 points. Chester – 17, Interboro – 4.

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In the second quarter sophomore Rahmee Gilbert took over slicing his way to the basket for 8 of his team/career high 13 points.Sophomore Zahmir Carroll and Randolph both added 4 points, Smith and Isaiah Schmidt followed with 2 and Kavon Spells saw early action and knocked down a trey. Chester’s 23 point quarter coupled with another defensive gem limiting the Bucs to 5 points resulted with the Clippers taking a 40-9 lead into intermission.

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The teams played even in the 3rd quarter and Chester led 51-20 going into the final period. Junior Javan Graham started the 4th quarter and took advantage of the opportunity scoring 6 points. Sophomore Malik Langley and senior Zahid Ferguson came off the bench to contribute 4 points apiece while Carroll completed the scoring with 2 points.

Carroll finished the night with 8 points and a career high 8 rebounds as well as 2 blocked shots. Gilbert’s stat sheet included 2 assists, 3 rebounds and a career high of 6 steals. Although he only finished with 9 points, Randolph filled the stat sheet with 4 assists, 5 steals and 6 rebounds. Blackston added 5 points and 5 rebounds to the cause.

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Chester kept it 2018 3-game win streak alive and improved it’s record to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Next up for the Clippers will be Philadelphia’s Bartram Braves who visit the Clip Joint on Saturday, January 13th. The JV will tipoff at 5:00 pm with the Varsity to follow.

Terry Thomas