by Terry Thomas
Chester (9-7, 3-1) slips past the Chichester Eagles (11-3, 3-1) in overtime, 77-74. The team recorded 11 triples including two in the overtime frame to secure the win. Senior Terrence Cobb led a trio of Clippers in double figures with a game high 28 points and marked his fourth game this season with at least 6 treys. Junior Kyree Womack dropped in 20 points and senior Breilynd White packed in 18 points. The back-court trio also accounted for 10 of the team’s 11 three pointers with Womack and White each dropping two.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair with Chester trailing 14-18 when the horn sounded. The Clippers increased their defensive effort in the second quarter limiting the Eagles to a single field goal. Chichester connected on 6 of 10 free throws for their output of 8 points. On the other hand, the trio combined for 17 points including three made treys giving the Clippers a 31-26 lead at the intermission.
The teams played an even third quarter and Chester took a 44-39 lead into the fourth quarter. Chester was able to maintain their 5-point cushion up to the 2:33 mark. On their next possession, Brieilynd White scored; Chester up 56-49 with 2:15 to play. On Chichester’s next possession, Dominic Toy blocked a shot, White stole a pass and fed Cobb for a bucket; Chester up 58-49 about 1:50 to play.
On Chester’s next possession, Chichester’s Mazen Sayed was called for a flagrant-2 type foul on Dominic Toy going to the basket slamming him to the ground. While trying to stand, Toy kicked Sayed and was called for a technical foul. During the action, fans came out of the stands and players left their benches. The coaches from both staffs got control of their players while the officials met at center court to sort things out. The Chichester Athletic Director made the decision to clear the gym of all spectators with the exception of the JV players and any school administrators. Both Sayed and Toy were disqualified from the game. There was 1:37 left on the clock.
Chester would shoot the two free throws from the foul on Toy. While Chichester was awarded four technical foul shots, two on the Toy technical and two for the Chester players leaving the bench. No technical was awarded to the Chichester players.
Dante Atkinson entered the game to shoot the Toy foul shots and made 1 of 2. Chester’s lead was now 59-49. Chichester made 2 of the 4 technical foul shots: Chester – 59, Chichester – 51. The Clippers went scoreless in their next to possession which allowed for a 6-0 Eagles run. Cobb connected on two free throws with 26 seconds remaining for a 61-57 lead. Chichester answered with an old-fashioned three-point play. Dante Atkinson stepped to the line and drained two free throws and with 13.7 on the clock the score read 63-60. The Eagles knocked down a trey to force overtime.
Chester scored first in the overtime, a free throw from Calvin Williams and a put-back by Brielynd White; Chester up 66-63. After a quick 6-0 run by the Eagles, Dante Atkinson hit a spot-up three to tie the game at 69 with 1:48 to play. Williams recorded a steal and scored; White picked the Eagles pocket leading to a trey from Womack putting Chester up 74-69 with just over a minute to play. Chester would score their final three points at the free throw line.
Dante Atkinson (6), Calvin Williams (3) and Jerry Young (2) completed the scoring for the Clippers. Cobb finished with a career high 9 rebounds to go along with his 28 points.
The Clippers will return to action on Saturday, January 21 when they travel to York taking on the William Penn (York) Bearcats in a triple header – Freshman, JV and Varsity. The Freshman game will tip-off at 2:00 pm with the JV and Varsity to follow.
JV GAME SUMMARY
Coach Tate got what he came for with a 43-39 win over the Chichester Eagles. The Eagles left a bitter taste after their celebration after defeating the Clippers last season. Coach says, “If you don’t want them to celebrate, then you win the game”. Chester trailed after the first quarter, 6-16, and at half-time, 23-17. The Clippers smothered the Eagles in the third limiting them to just 9 points and Ryan Reed’s trey to close out the quarter game Chester their first lead 34-32. Chester held their opponents without a field goal in the fourth quarter.
Ra’Shaad Dorsey led with a team high 11 points. Andre Brown and Germain Glover each contributed 9 points. Tashon Gibson and Ryan Reed added 5 points a piece while Tae’Qwann Naylor and Nyrell Pray each dropped in 2 points.