by Terry Thomas
Chester got back to .500 with a 73-59 win at Academy Park. The Clippers are now 6-6 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Clippers without starting point guard Kyree Womack were led by Senior Terrence Cobb with a game high 26 points. Womack is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the Overbrook game.
The Clippers used a long-range attack in the first quarter with thirds from Cobb (2), Breilynd White (1) and Dante Atkinson (1) for a 16-13 lead. With Dominic Toy saddled with two fouls, junior Calvin Williams came off the bench and provided the inside presence. Williams scored 7 of his 9 points in the period and Cobb added another 5 cancelling the output from the Blue Knights. Chester led at intermission, 30-24.
Dominic Toy returned in the third quarter and dominated inside with 8 points. The Clippers were able to push their lead to 12 points, 51-39, with about 1:30 left in the third quarter. During the run Cobb added 6 points, White chipped in 4 and Atkinson chimed in with 3. The Clippers lost their wind and the Blue Knights responded with a spurt to close the gap going into the final quarter. Chester’s lead was now 53-46.
Academy Park took advantage of the Chester miscues at the beginning of the fourth quarter which allowed them to close with 58-54 at the 4:35 mark. Two Cobb free-throws pushed the lead to 60-54. After the teams exchanged baskets, Calvin Williams scored his final two points giving his team a 64-56 lead with 2:47 to play. The Clippers turned up the pressure resulting in a 9-1 run with Cobb’s free throw finishing the deal for a 73-57 lead with 40 seconds left in the contest.
Dominic Toy finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 1 blocked shot and 1 assist. Dante Atkinson was the third Clippers in double digits with a career high 11 points. Breilynd White just missed double digits with 9 points. Calvin Williams made his presence felt with 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots to go along with his 9 points. Vincent Coleman (2), Jerry Young (2) and Dallas Thompson (1) completed Chester’s scoring.
On Friday, the Clippers will be heading to Chambersburg, PA to participate in Stand Against Racism Showcase on the campus of Chambersburg High School. Chester will face the host, Chambersburg on Saturday, January 14 at 8:30 pm and Imani Christian Academy on Sunday, January 15 at 1:00. They will return home to the Clip Joint on Tuesday, January 17 to continue league play against Interboro.
JV GAME SUMMARY
Chester improved to 6-1 after man-handling Academy Park to the tune of 63-30. Chester jumped out to a 23-6 lead after the first period, led 36-17 at the half and the “Mercy Rule” was enforced in the third quarter. Andre Brown led the way with a game high 24 points. Nyrell Pray also had double figures with 10 points. Chester scorers: Jaseir Thompson (9), Tae’Qwann Naylor (2), Ra’Shaad Dorsey (5), Kristian Chambers (2) Ryan Reed (2), Kamerson Wilson (6), and Germain Glover (3).