by Terry Thomas

The Chester Clippers (3-0, 2-0) took over 1st place in the Del Val League after handing the previously undefeated Chichester Eagles (5-1, 3-1) their first loss of the season 57-44 at the Clip Joint. Isaiah Freeman led the way in the first quarter with 6 of his 11 points while Karell Watkins and Qadir Lowrie chipped in with 4 and 3 points respectively. Fareed Burton Jr put his offense aside and used the first quarter displaying his defensive skills holding the Eagles leading scorer, Josh Hankins, scoreless. At the end of the first quarter Chester led 13-8. 

Fareed caught fire early in the second quarter knocking down two treys and both free throws in a 1 and 1 situation to give the Clippers a 10-point cushion 24-14 at the 5:26 mark. He spent the rest of the quarter hounding the Eagles guards. Hankins did manage to score half of his game total of 4 points in the quarter while Burton finished the contest with 14 points. Meanwhile Watkins showed why he’s the reigning Player of the Year dropping in 9 points and hauling in 9 rebounds. He finished with a game high 17 points and 17 rebounds for his second double-double of the season in as many games. The Clippers lead remained at ten points, 33-23, at the intermission. 

The Eagles scored first to open the third quarter and the Clippers responded with an 11-0 run stretching their lead to 19 points, 44-25, after freshman Kyree Womack connected on 1 of 2 free throws with 48.7 seconds remaining in the quarter. Chester demonstrated team-work distributing their 13 third quarter points over six players. Lowrie and Burton each contributed 3 points, Jameel Burton Jr, Watkins and Freeman added 2 apiece and Womack’s free throw completed the scoring. Chichester connected on a trey from the corner and Watkins hit two free throws to close the quarter with Chester leading 46-28. 

Chichester once again scored first to open the quarter but Chester responded with free throws from Watkins and a put-back by Fareed giving the Clippers a 20-point lead, 50-30, at the 6:56 mark in the final quarter. Game over.
Seven of the nine Clippers dressed put their names in the scoring column and the team had 10 assists on 16 made baskets with the Burton cousins, Fareed and Jameel, accounting for 6. Freeman had another strong showing grabbing 6 rebounds and taking away 3 steals before fouling out in the fourth quarter. 

The Clippers will continue league play on Tuesday, February 9th with they travel to Glenolden to take on the Interboro Buccaneers with a 5:30 JV tip-off. The Varsity will follow.

JV GAME SUMMARYChester returned to their winning ways with a 42-38 victory over the Chichester Eagles. Yinka Itabiyi led the way with 11 points. The Clippers trailed 5-8 at the end of the first quarter but bounced back outscoring the Eagles 10-2 in the second quarter for a 15-10 halftime lead. Chester led 22-15 at the end of the third quarter and increased their margin to 11 points, 36-25, with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Eight of the Clippers added their names to the scoring column: Itabiyi (11), Dominic Toy (9), Dante Payne (6), Jasir Berry (5), Hamza Clay-Goudelock (4), Tahkwel Walker (3) and Kyree Womack and Andre Brown scoring 2 points apiece.

p.s. Since they’re not letting folks into the games, you gotta put up with photos from past years.