Basketball Schedule & Recap

CHESTER   HIGH   SCHOOL 

BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE & RECAPS

by Terry Thomas  
(unless otherwise noted with *)

11 DEC              TUE                6:00                Home                         J.P. McCaskey @

Chester 83, McCaskey 57

Chester (1-0) opened the 2012-13 season with an impressive 83-57 victory over the J.P. McCaskey Red Tornadoes. With the win the Clippers extended their winning streak to 59 games. The Clip Joint was literally Standing Room Only as the community came out to see their two-time defending State Champions. The team played homage to the 1983 and 1989 State Championship teams recognizing their accomplishments during a halftime celebration. Chester's All-American candidate Rondae Jefferson made his presence felt scoring 13 of his game high 19 points in the opening period as the Clippers outscored their opponents 21-15. In the second quarter Chester showed its depth and swarming defense putting nine players in the scoring column while outscoring the Red Tornadoes 28 to 9 to take a commanding 49-24 lead into intermissions. Senior guard Rashan DeJarnette came off the bench to lead the team in that 2nd period scoring 7 of his 13 points. With senior forward Richard Granberry leading the way with 13 rebounds, Chester was able to limit McCaskey's shot attempts. Chester was able to outscore McCaskey 34-33 in the second half for the win. Chester continued their tradition of spreading the wealth as 10 of their 12 players was able to enter their names in the scoring column. Darius Robinson and Mike Williams each contributed 9 points, while Diamonte Reason layed in 7, Granberry rolled in 6, Isaiah Warren drained 5, Khalil Williams added 4 and Da'Saun Campbell completed the scoring with 2 points.

Next up for the Clippers is the first of their road trips as they head south to take on Brooklyn, New York's Lincoln on Friday, December 14 in the I-95 Elite Showcase on the campus of Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.

I-95 ELITE HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE, LOLOYA UNIVERSITY, Baltimore, MD

14 DEC              FRI                 7:00                Away                         Lincoln (NY)

Chester 70, Lincoln 52

The Clippers improved to 2-0 and kept their winning streak alive at 60 games by handing the Long Island, New York Lincoln Railsplitters (5-1) their first defeat of the season with a 70-52 victory. Senior forward Richard Granberry who earned MVP honors led the way in the first quarter with 6 of his 14 points as Chester held a 15-11 margin at the end of the period. Senior forward Rondae Jefferson took control in the 2nd quarter scoring half of his 14 points. Meanwhile junior point guard Conrad Chambers scored 6 of his tri-game high 14 points as the Clippers outscored the Railsplitters 19-15 to stretch their lead to eight points at the intermission 34-26. Rondae and Conrad combined to score 10 of Chester's 16 third quarter points as the Clippers pushed their to 50-39 to end the quarter. As the final quarter began, Rondae Jefferson had to leave the contest at the 7:03 mark with severe cramping. Jefferson finished with his first double-double of the season pulling down 15 rebounds to go along with his 14 points and six steals. This opened the door for senior reserves Khalil Williams and James Kirksey to make an impact. Khalil, a 6'5" forward, dropped in 4 of his career high 10 points and he also hauled in a career high 6 rebounds. Meanwhile, 6'4" guard, Kirksey also contributed 4 of his career high 10 points and he also had a career high in rebounds with 8. Their contributions coupled with Granberry scoring 6 points along with four more from Conrad and the Clippers pulled away with a 20-13 quarter for the final margin. In total the Clippers put five players in double figures in the I-95 Elite Challenge held on the campus of Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. Senior guard Darius Robinson completed the scoring for the Clippers with six points. 

The Clippers will continue south as they travel to Fort Myers, Florida to participate in the City Of Palms Invitational. Chester will open the tournament against Lake Highland Prep out of Orlando, Florida with a 10:00 p.m. tip-off on Tuesday, December 18th.

CITY OF PALMS CLASSIC, Bishop Verot High School, Fort Meyers, FL

18 DEC              TUE                10:00 pm      Away                         Lake Highland Prep (FL)

Chester 85, Lake Highland Prep 58 *


Richard Granberry posted a career- high 20 points, Daily Times Player of the Year Rondae Jefferson had 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Chester cracked the game open with 16- 2 run to cap the second quarter in an 85- 58 victory over Lake Highland Prep ( Fla.) in the opening round of the City of Palms Classic Tuesday.James Kirksey contributed six points and nine assists for Chester ( 3- 0), which tallied 27 assists on 37 made baskets en route to racking up their 61st consecutive win.Darius Robinson connected on trio of attempts from beyond the arc as part of his 14- point night for the Clippers, who will take on the winner of Lone Peak ( Utah) and Jackson Callaway ( Miss.) Thursday night at 5: 15.
                                                   
20 DEC              THUR            TBD               Away                        Lone Peak, Utah     

Lone Peak 73, Chester 50
                                               
Nick Emery and T.J. Haws poured in 23 points each and shot a combined 14 for 30 from the floor and 6 of 18 from the 3-point line. Haws was fouled three times on 3-point attempts, and he was able to convert each time. The junior shot 12 for 13 from the foul line. "The basket was looking pretty big," Haws said. "It’s nice to get to the line — it gets the game going and your shot in a good flow." Known for its full-court pressure, Chester opted to run a three-quarters court press exhibiting respect for the Lone Peak ball-handlers. Chester (3-1) couldn’t find a handle on the ball, turning the ball over 20 times in a game where they were outplayed and outhustled throughout.

Lone Peak (9-0) kept the defense simple for the second night in a row, running a half court man-to-man with a defender following Arizona commit Rondae Jefferson, who ended up with 19 points."Jefferson’s the focal point of their offense, and he’s a darn good player," Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis said. "We knew we had to know where he was at, man or zone." For Jefferson, it was his first loss since his sophomore year at Chester — since Dec. 30, 2010, to be exact. "It hurts — it hurts a lot, man," Jefferson said. "We aren’t used to losing, so I can’t really explain it."The Knights stretched the lead to as many as 28 with 2:54 left in the fourth quarter, and 11 seconds later, Lewis took his starters out for a much-needed rest. They trailed only once in the game, at the 7:34 mark in the first, 2-0 after a James Kirskey opening bucket for Chester. Haws followed that with a 3, and the Knights ran away with the win.


21 DEC              FRI                 TBD               Away                        Lake Wales, FL

Chester 78, Lake Wales 64

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22 DEC              SAT                TBD               Away                        Whitney Young, Chicago, Ill      

Whitney Young 67, Chester 56 *

A whirlwind three days for Chicago Whitney Young at the 40th Annual State Farm City of Palms Classic came to an end on Saturday with a 67-56 victory over Chester (Pa.) in the fifth-place game. The Dolphins played three games in roughly 36 hours after arriving late on Thursday evening and losing a heartbreaking game in overtime to Montverde Academy. Whitney Young (6-1) showed no signs of fatigue on Saturday however as they led by as many as 27 late in the third quarter before Chester made things more competitive in the fourth. “Going 2-1 in a tournament like this is pretty good,” Dolphins coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “We’ve found some things we need to work on and that is what this tournament is for.” Miles Reynolds scored all 18 of his points in the first half for the Dolphins while Paul White scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Chester struggled to score against Whitney Young’s 2-3 zone defense until the fourth quarter when it outscored the Dolphins 27-13. The Clippers finished the tournament with a 2-2 record after entering with a 60-game winning streak. Arizona commitment Rondae Jefferson had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers.

City Of Palms Classic Summary

Game 1: Chester pushed their winning streak to 61 games putting them 3rd All-Time in Boys basketball in Pennsylvania by demolishing the #1 ranked regular high school team in Florida - Lake Highland Prep - 85-58. Richard Granberry led the way scoring a career and team high 20 points. He was joined in double figures by Darius Robinson and Rondae Jefferson with 14 points and 10 points respectively. The Clippers put eleven players in the scoring column. 

Game 2: Chester's win streak was shot down by Utah's Lone Peak 73-50. Lone Peak entered the contest as MaxPreps #1 ranked regular high school. The Clippers ran aground finishing with only 6 assist in the contest as Lone Peak's back-court combined for 8 treys. Rondae Jefferson led Chester with 19 points and Richard Granberry added 10. If the schedule holds true, a rematch will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 12, 2013 at the Brandon Jennings Showcase. 

Game 3: The Clippers rebounded from their first defeat in almost two years with an easy 78-64 win over Lake Wales, Florida's #4 ranked team. This contest was over at the end of the 3rd quarter with Chester ahead 65-38. Once again, Chester was led by their senior captains Jefferson and Granberry with 27 and 11 points. 

Game 4:  With the win in Game 3, Chester advanced to the 5th place game where they ran into Whitney Young out of Chicago, Illinois. The Clippers were handed their second loss of the season 67-56. Rondae Jefferson was the lone Clipper to score in double figures with 18 points. If the schedule holds true, a rematch will take place at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass on January 19, 2013. 

For their efforts Chester finished in 6th place in this prestigious event was awarded the Team Sportsmanship Award as voted by the panel of referees.

9th ANNUAL PETE NELSON HOLIDAY CLASSIC, Widener University, Chester, PA

27 DEC              THUR            8:00                Away                         Abington

Chester 74, Abington 38

After the winning streak was stopped at 61 games and a 6th place finish at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Florida, Chester (5-2) returned to PA and to form with an impressive 74-38 victory over the 11th ranked Abington Galloping Ghost at the Pete Nelson Holiday Classic on the campus of Widener University. The Clippers used 6 players to score their 12 first quarter points holding the slight lead at 12-9. As the Galloping Ghost faded by the defensive pressure, senior Rondae Jefferson and Darius Robinson led the offensive onslaught with 6 and 5 points respectively as Chester outscored their opponents 23-6 to take a commanding 35-15 lead into intermission. The 3rd quarter was almost a repeat of the second as the Clippers once again held their opponent to single digit scoring and pushed their margin to 33 points with a score of 57-24 at the end of the period. Senior forward Richard Granberry made his presence felt in that period scoring 8 of his game high 14 points. Granberry finished with a double double by hauling in 12 rebounds and earning Game MVP honors. Chester put all thirteen of their players in the scoring column with Darius Robinson joining Granberry in double figures with 13 points.

The Clippers will return to Widener tomorrow evening to take on Philadelphia's Imhotep in the nightcap with an 8:15 p.m. scheduled tip-off.


28 DEC              FRI                 8:00                Away                         Imhotep

Chester 63, Imhotep 61

The standing room only crowd was treated to a thriller as the Clipper overcame  an inspired Imhotep Charter squad to pullout a 63-61 victory to close out the 8th Annual Pete Nelson Holiday Classic at Widener University. With the win Chester improves to 6-2 and keeps their 57 game winning streak against Pennsylvania opponents alive. The 7th ranked (MaxPreps.com) Panthers of Imhotep Charter falls to 5-2 on the season. The game was exciting both on and off the court as the game was delayed for about 30 minutes in the 1st quarter as the medical team attended to a fan who was having a seizure.  Despite putting six players in the scoring column in the first quarter, the Clippers trailed 17-19 at the end of the quarter. Arizona commit Rondae Jefferson led the way for Chester scoring 5 of his team high 18 points. Former Penn State commit Brandon Austin, who pulled the trigger for Providence College in November, led the way for the Panthers scoring 8 of his team high 18 points in the first quarter. Chester's inability to knock down their free throws enabled Imhotep to hold the advantage - the Clippers were 4 of 9 while the Panthers went 2 for 2 from the charity stripe. Chester was a little ineffective offensively in the second quarter scoring only 8 point but the did pick up their defense allowing their opponents only 13 points but found themselves trailing 25-32 at the intermission. After falling behind by 10 points midway through the 3rd period, the Clippers began to knock down treys hitting three of them in the period to outscore their opponents 22-18 to pull within three 47-50 at the end of the quarter. While Jefferson led all Clippers in the period with 6 points, seniors Darius Robinson (1 trey) added 5 of his 9, James Kirksey (1 trey) contributed 5 of his 6 and Isaiah Warren with a trey drained 3 of his 6 points. Richard Granberry opened the final period with a dunk to pull the Clippers within 1 at 49-50. After a basket by the Panthers pushed their led back to three at 49-52, Rondae Jefferson scored with a reversed old fashioned trey, a foul shot followed by a short jumper and the game was tied at  52. Granberry scored once again on a put-back and Chester had their first lead of the second half at 54-52 with 2:30 remaining in the contest. Imhotep fought back to recapture the lead 60-57 at the 1:39 mark. After Darius Robinson battled for a bucket with 38.3 seconds remaining, Chester called timeout trailing 59-61. After a turnover by the Panthers, junior Conrad Chambers converted it into 2 of his 10 points tying the game at 61. After in-bounding the ball, Imhotep was whistled with a back-court violation which Rondae converted with an acrobatic shot reverse layup to give the Clippers the led 63-61 with 7.8 second remaining. Chester's James Kirksey got his hands on the ball resulting in a Panther's turnover and the horn sounded ending the contest.

The Clippers will get a well deserved week off until they return to action on Saturday, January 5, 2013 when they travel to Reading to take on the Red Knights at the Giegle Complex.

Until then, be blessed, be safe and have a Happy New Year.

Footnote:  the site is still pending for the game on February 10, 2013 against the Neumann-Goretti Saints which was originally scheduled to be played at Neumann University. For those that are unable to attend this much anticipated contest, the game is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2.

05 JAN               SAT                6:00                Away                         Reading @

Chester 82, Reading 43

The Clippers improved their record to 7-2 with a convincing 82-43 thumping of the Red Knights of Reading High. Senior forward led the way scoring 10 of his 13 points in the opening quarter to push Chester to a 19-13 advantage at the end of the quarter. The Clippers increased their defensive intensity in the second quarter limiting the Red Knights to just seven points. At the same time Chester distributed the ball well as six different players entered the scoring column as they outscored their opponent by 12 points taking a 38-20 lead into intermission. Chester maintained their hold on Reading offense in the 3rd quarter once again limiting them to single digit scoring with a 14-9 advantage and a comfortable 52-29 lead. With the Clipper's starting five resting in the 4th quarter the reserves were sparked by senior guard Diamonte Reason's career and game high 16 points including a thunderous one hand toma-hawk dunk. Chester sailed past Reading 30-14 in the final quarter. All thirteen Clippers entered the scoring column with only two players in double figures - Granberry and Reason. High flying Reason also finished with a career high five (5) blocked shots. Senior guard Mike Williams had a career high 5 assists to go along with his four rebounds and 7 points. The Clippers demonstrated their unselfish play with 16 assists on 30 made baskets.

Chester will open defense of their Del Val League title when the Penn Wood Patriots visit the Clip Joint on Tuesday, January 8th. Just as a reminder if you intend to see this game live - get to the game before half-time of the JV contest. The JV tips off at 6:00 p.m. This game will sellout and you will get stranded in the cold.

08 JAN               TUE                6:00                Home                         Penn Wood *@

Chester 78, Penn Wood 55


The Clip Joint was Home Sweet Home as Chester opened defense of their Del Val League crown with a resounding 78-55 victory over the visiting Penn Wood Patriots. Tonight's contest marked the Clippers first home game after playing their last 8 on the road after opening the season with a win over J.P. McCaskey back on December 11, 2012. Prior to the start of the game Chester senior Rondae Jefferson was recognized by FIBA with a plaque commemorating his participation as a member of the USA's 3X3 Silver Medal team before the packed Clip Joint. Rondae would score the Clippers first three points and Chester was off to a 14-6 lead after the first period. With Chester power forward Richard Granberry saddled with two quick first quarter fouls, the Patriots found their way into the paint and cut into the deficient trailing only 29-27 at the intermission. With Granberry back patrolling the paint, the Clippers guards were free to increase their pressure resulting in a 9-3 run to open the 3rd before Penn Wood called timeout at the 5:52 mark. Coming out of the timeout it was like deja-vu with the Clippers pulling off a 12-2 run forcing Penn Wood into another time at 1:58 now trailing 50-32. The third quarter saw Chester outscore their opponents 27 to 7 with the score now 56-34. Chester won the battle in the final stanza 22-21 for the final score of 78-55. Senior Darius Robinson led five Clippers in double figures with 19 points. Senior point guard Rashan DeJarnette spread his 13 points over all four quarters while fellow senior guard Conrad Chambers would score 11 of his 12 points in the second half of the contest. Jefferson would finish with yet another double double dropping in 10 points to go along with his 14 boards. Reserve 6' 6" senior forward Khalil Williams would complete the double digit scoring also with 10 points. Granberry added 8 points and 8 boards to the Clippers stat sheet. Chester continues to spread the wealth with 16 assists by eight different players on 29 made baskets. With the win Chester improves to 8-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.

The Clippers return to action at the Clip Joint on Thursday, January 10th with the Academy Park Knights come to town.


10 JAN               THUR            6:00                Home                         Academy Park *@ 

Chester 91, Academy Park 50

Chester found smooth sailing at the Clip Joint with an easy 91-50 triumph over the visiting Academy Park Knights. Senior forward Richard Granberry led the way with a career high in points and blocked shots with 23 and 5 respectively. While at the same time walking away with a season high 3 steals. Darius Robinson, the Clippers senior 6' 2" shooting guard, captured season highs with 20 points, 4 assist and 5 steals. This coming off his previous senior high of 19 points on Tuesday against Penn Wood. Senior forward 6' 6" Khalil Williams made the best of his first starting selection by contributing season highs with 11 points and 3 steals. Meanwhile, smooth reserve 6'1" guard Mike Williams tied his career high with 9 points. Junior guard Conrad Chambers added his name to the list of career highs with 7 assists on the night to go along with his four points. Ten of the twelve Clippers that saw action in the contest were able to add their name to the scoring column.

After a 24 point outburst in the 1st quarter, the Clippers responded with a 23 point production in the 2nd. At the same time, Chester allow the Knights 13 points in the first but limited them to a mere 7 points in the 2nd to hold a 47-20 advantage at the intermission. Darius Robinson with four treys and Richard Granberry's 8 points in the 3rd alone was enough to offset the 19 points they surrendered. With two points apiece from Chambers and DeJarnette who finished with 8 points and the Clippers saw their lead extended to  32 points at 71-39. Chester's reserves which played the entire fourth quarter outscored Academy Park's starters 20-11 for the final margin of victory.

The Clippers will take a break from league play and take their show on the road as they head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to participate in the Brandon Jennings Showcase. Chester will face Wisconsin's #2 ranked team and host of the event, Brookfield Central Lancers on Saturday, January 12th. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 CST and 7:30 EST. Brookfield Central is riding an eight game win streak after they fell short in the opening game of the season to Wisconsin#1 ranked team, Germantown High Warhawks, 66-64.

Chester will return to league play on Tuesday, January 15th when travel for an afternoon affair against the host Chichester Eagles.                                                            

BRANDON JENNINGS SHOWCASE, Brookfield Central H.S., Milwaukee, WI

12 JAN               SAT                7:30                Away                         Lone Peak (UT)

Brookfield Central 64, Chester 56

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15 JAN               TUE                3:30                Away                         Chichester *@  

Chester 84, Chichester 59

Chester rebounds from a weekend 64-56 loss to Wisconsin's Brookfield Central with an exciting 84-59 league victory over the Chichester Eagles. With the win, the Clippers improve to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in league play. Senior shooting guard Darius Robinson had a career and game high 39 points to guide the Clippers. Fellow senior point guard Rashan DeJarnette also had a career high of 14 points. High flying guard Diamonte Reason hauled in a career high 9 rebounds and his senior classmate Isaiah Warren dished a season high 3 assists.



Chichester surprised the Clippers by hitting on 8 of 16 field goal attempts and 8 of 11 free throws in the first quarter to hold a 25-16 advantage. After Coach Yarbray addressed their 1st quarter short-comings, Chester responded by holding the Eagles to just three field goals in the second quarter. Meanwhile, after scoring nine points in the opening period Darius Robinson exploded for 21 second quarter points as Chester would produce thirty-six (36) 2nd quarter points - their highest quarter production of the season. DeJarnette would add 6 of his 14 and James Kirksey would chip in 6 of his 8 points in the frame. The Clippers second quarter outburst would come with three of their starters Chambers, Granberry and Khalil Williams) not seeing action in the period after picking up two fouls apiece in the 1st quarter. During the second quarter Chester produced a 29-3 run changing a 20-33 deficient into a 49-36 lead. Chester 52 - Chichester 39 at the half. The Clippers maintained their defensive intensity in the 3rd period limiting their host to just 2 field goals and six points but would light the scoreboard with 24 points of their own taking a 76-45 score into the final period.



Chester continues league play on Thursday when they travel to Glenolden to take on the Interboro Bucs.

                                                   
17 JAN               THUR            6:00                Away                         Interboro *@    

Chester 77, Interboro 27

The Clippers (11-3, 4-0) sailed past the Interboro Buccaneers 77-27 led by their senior captain Richard Granberry's school record 23 rebounds. Granberry completed another double double on the season with 20 points. Chester took control in the opening period holding the Bucs scoreless until they hit a free throw with 7 seconds remaining. Score: Chester 17, Interboro 1. Chester extended their lead to 23 points with a halftime score of 32 to 9. With seniors Rondae Jefferson and Darius Robinson out of tonight's contest due to injury, six of the nine dressed Clippers entered the scoring column in the 3rd quarter pushing the lead to 35 points. Chester - 55, Interboro - 20. Richard Granberry's reverse layup at the 5:20 mark in the 4th quarter extended the lead to 40 points thus envoking the 'Mercy Rule'. Senior guards Rashan DeJarnette and Mike Williams joined Granberry in double figures with 12 points. Conrad Chambers added 9 points, James Kirksey and Diamonte Reason each contributed 8 points while Khalil Williams chipped in 6 points. Senior guard Isaiah Warren completed the Clippers scoring with two points.

Chester will travel to Springfield, Mass to participate in the HoopHall Classic on Saturday when they take on Gonzaga College High School out of Washington, DC.

The Clippers will return to league play on Tuesday, January 22nd with the Glen Mills Battlin' Bulls visit the Clip Joint.                                                    

12th ANNUAL SPALDING HOOPHALL CLASSIC, Springfield College’s Blake Arena, Springfield, MA

19 JAN               SAT                2:00                Away                         Whitney Young (Chicago, Illinois)

Chester 63, Gonzaga College (DC) 55

Chester final road trip of the regular season ended with success as the Clippers (12-3) defeated Gonzaga College High School 63-55 at the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass. The Clippers used a balanced attack with four players contributing double figures and point guard Rashan DeJarnette just missing double figures with 8 points. Senior Rondae Jefferson returned to action after missing the last four games and led the way with 20 points, 3 blocks, 9 rebounds and 5 steals. He was named the game MVP for his efforts. Senior Richard Granberry contributed yet another double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Darius Robinson saved his 10 points for the pivotal fourth quarter and reserve James Kirksey came off the bench to contribute 10 crucial points. After the teams played even after the first quarter at 15 apiece, Jefferson and Granberry combined for 15 of the Clippers 20 second quarter points as Chester took a 35-29 lead into intermission. The Clippers would never relinquish the lead throughout the contest. Once again the teams played it even in the 3rd scoring 14 points apiece. In the final period Robinson found his range hitting a trey to open the quarter which ignited the Clippers to hold off the Eagles. The trey by Darius enabled Chester to keep their string of games with at least one three-pointer alive at 40 games. 

The Clippers will return to league play on Tuesday, January 22nd when the Glen Mills Battlin' Bulls visit the Clip Joint.

22 JAN               TUE                6:00                Home                         Glen Mills *@

Chester 84, Glen Mills 46

Chester continued it dominance in the Del Val League with a convincing 84-46 triumph over the visiting Glen Mills Battlin Bulls. With the win, the Clippers improved their record to 13-3 overall and 5-0 in league play while the Bulls dropped to 10-5 and 4-1 in the league. Senior Darius Robinson got the Clippers started with a trey followed by baskets from Conrad Chambers and Rashan DeJarnette. Conrad Chambers earned one assist and Rondae Jefferson assisted on the other two forcing a thirty second time-out by Glen Mills. Chester - 7, Glen Mills - 0. The Clippers would end the contest with 19 assists on 37 made baskets. Glen Mills was able to close the gap to 9-6 before the Chester would end the quarter on a 13-4 run. 1st Quarter: Chester - 22, Glen Mills - 10. Backup shooting guard 6'0" senior Mike Williams who started the 2nd quarter ignited the Clippers with 8 points to open the period causing Glen Mills to call a full time-out now trailing 30-10. Mike Williams would finish with a co-game and career high of 13 points with senior forward Richard Granberry. Granberry would drop in 4 points in the period and Chester would go to the locker room at the intermission ahead 38-20. The third quarter would belong to Darius Robinson as his hit for 9 of his 12 points becoming the third Clipper to finish with double figures. The Clippers would start the 3rd quarter in their customary style a patented 13-2 run forcing yet another time out at the 5:03 mark now ahead 51-22. The quarter ended at Chester - 60, Glen Mills - 32. The Chester bench which works hard in practice got a chance to showcase their skills in the fourth quarter as the starters took seat as spectators. The results were no different. The back court of Mike Williams and senior guard Isaiah Warren combined to lead the charge for the Clippers scoring their first eight points and after baskets from Khalil Williams and James Kirksey, the Battlin Bulls called time-out once again to stop the bleeding after starting the quarter on a 12-3 run. Chester - 72, Glen Mills - 35. Warren would finish the contest with a season high 9 points. Diamonte Reason would complete the scoring with four of his 6 points in the period.

Note: USA Basketball named the roster for its Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. The event, which features America's premier high school seniors playing against elite international players under the age of 19, is slated for Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m. at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. The USA will be led by four players with past experience in international basketball events, including medalists Rondae Jefferson (Chester, Pa./Arizona).

Meanwhile, Chester will continue league play on Thursday, January 24th when they travel to the Shoebox on Essex Ave to take on the Penn Wood Patriots. This one of those game when you team records just don't count. The Patriots are looking to hold serve on their home court and the Clippers are out to prove they are the #1 team in the state.


24 JAN               THUR            6:00                Away                         Penn Wood *@

Chester 77, Penn Wood 58

Chester silenced the Penn Wood faithfuls with an overwhelming, come from behind 77-58 win. After trailing 16 - 11 after the first and 35 - 25 at the half, the Clippers outscored the Patriots 52-23 in the second half for the victory. Chester found themselves trailing by fourteen points, 27-41 at the 3:57 mark in the 3rd quarter. Coming out after the Penn Wood timeout, the Clippers increased their defensive pressure as the Patriots began to unfold as they continually turned the ball over. The Patriots showed their frustration being called for an intentional foul at the 2:29 mark after a brief 6-2 run by the Clippers. Penn Wood - 43, Chester - 33. Chester would finish the quarter with a 9 - 5 advantage and now trailed 42-47. After a lay-up and a trey by senior Darius Robinson, the game was now tied at 47 with 7:26 showing on the clock. The Clippers would continue to forge ahead with an additional 11-2 run forcing their opponents to call their final time-out at the 4:37 mark and now trailing 58-49. By this time the only question would be the final margin of victory as the Patriots had no answer for the defensive pressure, Darius Robinson's range, Richard Granberry's inside presence and the overall play of Rondae Jefferson. The senior tri-captains combined to outscored the Patriots by themselves in both the 4th quarter with 22 points and the game itself with 59 points. Penn Wood could only muster 11 and 58 during the same time frame. Reserve guard James Kirksey contributed all 6 of his points in the 4th before fouling out of the contest.

Senior All-American Rondae Jefferson would fill the stat sheet with a double double consisting of 25 points and 12 rebounds. He also contributed 6 assists, 2 blocks and matched his career high of 8 steals. Next up is Darius Robinson with 19 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. The third Clippers in double digits was Richard Granberry with 15 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds and a season high of 4 steals. Senior point guard Rashan DeJarnette who was saddled with early foul trouble managed to score 7 points with 4 coming in that 4th quarter out-burst. Conrad Chambers completed the 4th quarter scoring with his only 3 points on the night. Senior Mike Williams was the final Clipper in the scoring column with 2 second quarter points.

The Clippers will finally get to spend a restful weekend in Chester and return to league action on Tuesday, January 29th when the travel to take on the Academy Park Knights for a 5:30 pm JV tip-off.


29 JAN               TUE                5:30                Away                         Academy Park *@

Chester 82, Academy Park 50

 The Clippers jumped out to a 21-4 first quarter advantage enroute to their 82-50 win over the host Academy Park Knights. With the victory Chester is now 15-3 overall and 7-0 in league play holding a two game lead over Glen Mills. The Knights had no answer for Richard Granberry's inside presence as he opened the game with 6 of his 15 points. The back-court of Conrad Chambers and Rashan Dejarnette along with reserve James Kirksey each contributed four points while Rondae Jefferson completed the first quarter scoring with 3 points. Rondae would lead the way in the second quarter with 6 of his game high 16 points. The Clippers pushed their lead to 21 points at the intermission. Chester - 36, Academy Park - 21. Granberry and Jefferson saved their best production for the third quarter scoring 8 and 7 points respectively before retiring for the night. Junior guard Chambers also saved his best for the third dropping in 5 of his 11 points. The Clippers outscored the Knights 25-14 in the third to take a 61-29 lead into the final period. Reserve forward Khalil Williams lead the reserves in the fourth with 7 of his 9 points. High flying Diamonte Reason gave scored all 6 of his points in the 4th including a cupped toma-hawk dunk in traffic. Kirksey, Chester's 6'3" guard, joined the dunk party with a one-handed Statue of Liberty dunk that brought the crowd to their feet in scoring 5 of his 11 points. Mike Williams ended the scoring and the game with an NBA range three point shot for the Clippers. 

Chester returns to the Clip Joint on Thursday, January 31st, as they play host to the Chichester Eagles with a 6:00 JV tip-off.  

                                                           
31 JAN               THUR            6:00                Home                         Chichester *@

Chester 92, Chichester 40

The Clippers clinched their 3rd consecutive Del Val Championship with a convincing 92-40 victory over the visiting Chichester Eagles. Chester record now stands at 16-3 overall and 8-0 in league play. With two games remaining coupled with both Glen Mills and Penn Wood each already having three losses in league play, the Del Val crown once again resides at 9th & Barclay.

Chester's All-American Rondae Jefferson got the Clippers started with a trey and after two quick buckets by shooting guard Darius Robinson and Chester was out to a 7-0 lead. The back-court duo of Darius and Rondae was too much for the Eagles to handle as they combined for 41 points outscoring the entire Chichester team. Robinson finished with a game high 21 points including matching his career high of five treys. His fourth trey at the 1:12 mark in the third quarter put the score at 66-25 envoking the Mercy Rule. Two possessions later he would drain his fifth to end the quarter. Meanwhile, Rondae who just received word he was selected as a McDonald's All-American finished the night with a double double hauling in 12 rebounds to go along with his 20 points. Senior 6'6" forward Khalil Williams got the most of his minutes with a career high 13 points. Senior power forward continued his inside dominance with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Once again Chester's version of the human highlight reel, Diamonte Reason, did not disappoint matching his career high of 9 rebounds and two crowd pleasing dunks off a steal and a rebound. His dunk off the steal in the 2nd quarter was a tucked - cocked back - one handed slam. In the fourth, he rebounded a missed Chichester shot, dribbled the length of the floor, threw the ball off the backboard and flushed it with two hands. Those were his only four points of the night. Senior 6'4" guard James Kirksey filled the stat sheet in the fourth quarter with 8 points, 3 assist, 3 rebounds and 1 steal which led to a one handed dunk. Junior guard Conrad Chambers contributed 6 points and four assists while seniors Rashan DeJarnette and Mike Williams added 5 and 3 points respectively. Junior forward Adeolu 'Gabe' Adesina completed the scoring for the Clippers hitting on 1 of 2 free throw attempts. 

The unselfish play of the Clippers was demonstrated with 21 assists on 36 made baskets. This marks the third time this season the team has amassed 20 or more assists in a game.

Chester will play their final regular season game at the Clip Joint on Tuesday, February 5th against the Interboro Bucs.

Rondae Jefferson becomes the 1st Chester Clipper ever selected to play in the prestigious McDonald's All-American game. In a show of good sportsmanship, the entire Chichester team congratulated Rondae as he stood at half-court after the PA announcer introduced him to the crowd.



05 FEB              TUE                6:00                Home                         Interboro *@   

Chester 96, Interboro 44

In the final regular season at the Clip Joint, Chester dominated Interboro to the tune of 96-44. The Clippers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 1:01 forcing the Bucs into the first timeout at the 6:59 mark. Chester led 19-14 at the end of the quarter. Rondae Jefferson led the charge in the 1st scoring all 10 of his points. Sharp shooter Darius Robinson drained three treys and hit both of his free throws for 11 of his game high 26 points in the 2nd quarter as the Clippers sped passed the Bucs 25-10 to take a 44-24 lead into intermissions. Richard Granberry made his presence felt in the 3rd quarter drop stepping 9 of his 15 points. Once again Chester produced 25 points and limited Interboro to 11 - Score: Chester 69, Interboro 25. With the starters supporting from the bench, senior guard Isaiah Warren guided the Clippers in the fourth with 10 of his career high 12 points. Mike Williams added 7, Diamonte Reason layed in 6 and James Kirksey and Khalil Williams each contributed two points to complete the 4th period scoring for the Clippers. Kirksey and Khalil Williams each finished with 6 points on the night. The Chester backcourt of Conrad Chambers and Rashan DeJarnette added 4 points apiece to the team totals. 

At 9-0, Chester (17-3 overall) will look to complete their 3rd consecutive undefeated Del Val League season on Thursday when they hit the road to take on the Battlin Bulls of Glen Mills.


                                                    
07 FEB              THUR            3:30                Away                         Glen Mills *@  

Chester 80, Glen Mills 52

   Chester (18-3, 10-0) completed their 3rd consecutive undefeated Del Val season with a 80-52 victory over host Glen Mills. After leading by only two at the half 33-31, the Clippers used a 47-20 second half blitz to pull away from the Battlin Bulls. Richard Granberry dominated inside finishing with another double double hauling in 18 rebounds and powering his way to a team high 17 points. Richard also rejected four (4) Battlin Bulls shots. Senior point guard Rashan DeJarnette was second in scoring for the Clippers with a career high 15 points. Third on Chester list was backup shooting guard Mike Williams who contributed 11 points. Junior Conrad Chambers and senior Rondae Jefferson matched one another with 10 points apiece. Rondae also matched Richard's double double by grabbing 10 rebounds, he also dropped 5 assists, blocked 3 shots and walked away with 5 steals. Next for the Clippers was Darius Robinson who knocked down 9 points. James Kirksey dunked his way to 5 points and forward Khalil Williams completed the scoring with 3 points in the middle two quarters.

After a quick Chester basket to start the 3rd quarter, Glen Mills called timeout with the 35-31 at the 7:08 mark. Six minutes later after a 17-9 Clipper run, the Battlin Bulls called their 3rd timeout at 1:06 now trailing 52-40. One minute and forty-three second into the final quarter and Glen Mills was forced into their 4th timeout after an 11-3 Chester run made the score 63-43 at 6:17. When play resumed Chester continued the onslaught with a 9-2 and the Battlin Bulls called their final timeout at 3:54 now looking up at a 72-45 deficient. 

Chester will complete the regular season on Sunday evening with a nationally televised game against Neumann-Goretti on ESPN2. The game will be played on the campus of Neumann University in Aston, PA with a 6:00 p.m. tip-off.

Footnote: With Chester's victory over Interboro on Tuesday, Coach Yarbray earned his 120th win and became Chester's 5th winningest Coach surpassing Ray McLaughlin's 119 wins. Congratulations to Coach Yarbray and all the young men who assisted in the achievement.                 


10 FEB              SUN                6:00                Away                         Neumann Goretti at Neumann University (ESPN)       

Chester 58 - Neumann Goretti 41

 The Chester Clippers (19-3) erased all doubt who is really #1 with a convincing 58-41 thumping of the Neumann Goretti (17-5) Saints. The game was played before a standing room only crowd on the campus of Neumann University in Aston, Pa and was broadcast live on national television via ESPN2. The Clippers defense was too much for the Saints holding them to single digit scoring in the first three quarter (9-8-5) as Chester enjoyed a 44-22 margin at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Clippers had pushed their lead to 25 points at 6:19 in the fourth  when Chester defensive pressure forced Neumann-Goretti to call their last timeout. With the game being televised, each team was awarded four (4) thirty second timeouts to go along with the four (4) two-minute commercial timeouts at the four minute mark of each quarter. Chester's All American Rondae Jefferson didn't disappoint finishing with a double double consisting of 20 points and 11 rebounds earning him Game MVP honors. Chester other big, senior 6'7" Richard Granberry also put on a show as he also finished with a double double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Junior guard Conrad Chambers completed the double digit scoring with 11 points that included a spectacular crowd pleasing spinning layup. With senior guard Darius Robinson saddled with foul trouble most of the contest, senior guard James Kirksey came off the bench to score 9 points including a soaring one handed dunk off a defensive rebound, dished out 3 assist, haul in 4 rebounds and captured 2 steals.

The Clippers will await the results of the District 1 Seeding Meeting on Tuesday, February 12th to find out who their opponent will be in the upcoming District Tournament. Chester will probably be seeded either #1 or #2 and will host the game on Friday, February 15th at the Clip Joint with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.





PLAYOFFS



District 1 Tournament



Chester 86, Bayard Rustin 57

Chester (20-3) advanced to the Second Round of the District 1 Tournament with a come from behind 86-57 victory over the visiting Golden Eagles from West Chester's Bayard Rustin High School. Despite a seven point first quarter from their McDonald's All-American Rondae Jefferson, the Clippers appeared to have run aground defensively as the Golden Eagles soared to a 19-13 lead. Chester's junior guard Conrad Chambers served as the tug-boat to pull the Clippers out of the muddied waters scoring 12 of his career high 15 points. Senior forward Khalil Williams help ignite the Clipper's engine with 6 of his 9 points in the period as Chester outscored Rustin 26 to 10 to take a 39-29 lead into intermission. Jefferson and Darius Robinson each contributed a trey and Rashan DeJarnette went 2 for 2 from the line to complete the 2nd period scoring. Jefferson made his presence felt once again in the third period scoring 9 of his game high 22 points including a trey and connecting on all four of his free throws. The senior back-court of Robinson and DeJarnette contributed five points apiece as the Clippers stretched their lead to 13 points taking a 59-46 lead into the final quarter. The Clippers put nine players in the scoring column in the final quarter led by senior point guard DeJarnette. DeJarnette would drain two treys enroute to 9 of his career high 18 points. The end results would be a 27 point quarter for the Clippers while defensive limiting the Golden Eagles to 11 points for the final margin. 

With the first round win, Chester pushes their District 1 Tournament home win streak to 56 games, stretches to 70 games their winning streak against Pennsylvania teams and gives Coach Yarbray his fourth season out of five with at least 20 wins.

The Clippers will return to action on Tuesday, February 19th when their neighbor from up Rt. 252 the Strath Haven Panthers visit the Clip Joint for a 7:00 p.m. Second Round tip-off. The winner of the Second Round contest automatically advances to States while the loser falls to the Consolation bracket in hopes of gaining either the 9th or 10th seed to States.


Chester  85,  Strath Haven 44

The Clippers advanced to the Quarter-finals and earned their 22nd consecutive trip to States after the 85-44 thumping of the Strath Haven Panthers at the Clip Joint. Chester's All-American Rondae Jefferson captained the Clipper ship with a triple double consisting of 16 points, 10 assist and 10 rebounds. The Clippers were not about to have a repeat performance of their opening round contest. After the Panthers tied the score at 6 apiece at the 6:06 mark, the Clippers sprinted out with a 10-0 run forcing Haven into their first timeout at 3:30 now trailing 16-6. Chester finished the quarter with a 8-3 push and a 24-9 lead. Jefferson led the way with 7 points followed by Darius Robinson's six, Rashan DeJarnette and Richard Granberry each contributed four and Conrad Chambers was the final member of the starting five to contribute with three points. Senior Khalil Williams kept the Clippers afloat in the second quarter with 6 of his 8 points and Chester took a 36-23 score into intermission. The Clippers starters flexed their muscles in the third quarter led by forward Richard Granberry's 10 points. Richard would finish the evening with a game high 18 points. Senior point guard Rashan DeJarnette went outside and in hitting a trey and a couple finger rolls for 7 of his 15 points. Darius Robinson dropped in five more points to finish with 11 points becoming the fourth Clipper in double figures in tonight's contest. Chester would extend their lead to 25 points to close the 3rd quarter at 62-37. Reserve Isaiah Warren came off the bench in the fourth to add wind to the Clippers sails by draining two treys for his six points. With five other Clippers entering the scoring column in the quarter coupled with their patented defense, Chester was able to enforce the Mercy Rule at the 2:36 mark.

Chester's unselfish play was once again on display as they accounted for 21 assists on 35 made baskets. Also, nine of the 11 players who saw action in the contest was able to add their names to the scoring column.

Tonight's victory marked win number 1800 in the school's history.

Chester will play their final game of the 2012-13 season at the Clip Joint on Friday, February 22nd with the Upper Darby Royals of the Central League come for the 7:00 p.m. tip-off of the Quarter-finals.




Chester 78, Upper Darby 29


Playing their final game at the Clip Joint this season, the Clippers did not disappoint the packed house with a 78-29 thrashing of the Upper Darby Royals (17-8). The victory earned Chester (22-3) a return trip to Temple's Liacouras Center for a Semi-Finals match with the Abington Ghost (46-40 winner over Ridley). Chester's back-court trio of Rashan DeJarnette, Conrad Chambers and Darius Robinson led the way in the first quarter combining for 10 of the teams 14 points. The Clippers led 14-10 at the end of the period. Chester depth proved too much for their visitors holding them to just five points in the quarter. Offensively they put seven of the ten players who saw action during the period in the scoring column with no player scoring more than four points. The Clippers opened the 2nd quarter with a 5-0 run only to be stopped by a Royals timeout at 6:20 - Chester 19, Upper Darby 10. The timeout had no effect on the Clippers as they ended the quarter on a 16-5 outburst to take a commanding 35-15 score into intermission. The well rested Clippers did not letup during the third quarter. Darius Robinson knocked down two treys and a layup for eight of his game high 19 points. Rondae Jefferson dropped seven of his 14 points enroute to another tremendous evening. He'd finish the night with yet another double double by hauling in 13 rebounds coupled with five assist. Coming off the bench James Kirksey used two putbacks for 4 of his 9 points to go along with his 6 rebounds and 3 assists. After scoring his final two points of the contest, DeJarnette with his eight points in tow became an observer for the remainder of the contest. By outscoring the Royals 25-12, the Clippers stretched their led to 33 points heading into the final quarter. Chester - 60, Upper Darby - 27. Chester made a defensive statement in the final quarter at the Clip Joint by surrendering a measly two points to the Royals and they came via the charity stripe. Meanwhile they entertained the crowd with several spectacular plays including an over-the-top, no-look pass for a lay-up; a two-handed flush off a missed shot and a two-hand game ending dunk by senior Khalil Williams. Khalil finished the night with 9 points and 9 rebounds. 

Clipper Scorers: Robinson - 19, Jefferson - 14, Kirksey - 9, K. Williams - 9, DeJarnette - 8, Chambers - 7, Granberry - 4, Warren - 3, M. Williams - 3, Reason - 2

Chester (1-seed) will face Abington (5-seed) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th following the other 6:00 p.m. Semi-final contest featuring Lower Merion (2-seed) vs. Great Valley (3-seed). 

The winners advance to the District 1 Championship on Friday, March 1st at Villanova University while the loser will play in the consolation contest for the District #3 and #4 seeds for the State Championship Playoffs.



Chester 76, Abington 43



Chester (23-3) advances to the District Championship game with a 76-43 triumph over the Abington Ghosts. The Clippers used a 48-19 second have outburst to put away the Ghosts. Senior guard Darius Robinson led with way for the Clippers with a game high 21 points. Rondae Jefferson and Richard Granberry joined their senior teammate in the double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively. They both also had a double double by controlling the glass with 17 and 10 boards. With Rondae's 17 rebounds he establishes a new Career Rebounds record at Chester with 706 surpassing his older brother Rahlir Jefferson's mark of 705. After a sluggish first quarter where the Clippers found themselves trailing 13-12, they rebounded by outscoring their opponent 16-11 in the second quarter which gave them a 28-24 lead at the intermission. The Clipper's depth once again sank another opponent as they put 10 of the 11 players who saw action in the scoring column. Defensively they put the clamps on Abington's Penecole limiting him to just three second half points after he totaled 11 in the first half for his team high of 14. Chester's James Kirksey aided in holding Abington to just three second half field goals while putting up 8 of his 9 points in the second half including going 4 for 4 from the line. Senior point guard Rashan DeJarnette picked up three steals which led to 6 of his 8 points. Diamonte Reason contributed 5 points and 4 rebounds. Reserves Isaiah Warren and Khalil Williams each contributed 3 points while Mike Williams and Conrad Chambers completed the scoring with 2 points apiece.

Chester will head to Villanova University on Friday, March 1st in defense of the District Championship for a 9:00 pm tip-off against the Lower Merion Aces. This contest is a repeat of the 2012 District Championship won by the Clippers.




Chester 60, Lower Merion 46


Once again the Chester Clippers (24-3 ) defeated the Lower Merion Aces (25-3) to claim their 3rd consecutive and the school's 22nd District-1. Chester's 60-46 triumph marked their 73rd consecutive win against Pennsylvania competitors. Chester's senior point guard Rashan DeJarnette led the way for the Clippers in the opening quarter knocking down treys for his first two shots enroute to a game high 15 points. Rashan was spectacular on the defensive end holding the Aces point guard JaQuan Johnson scoreless on the night. And when Lower Merion was forced to foul in the fourth quarter Rashan responded by knocking down 3 of 4 free throws. His back-court mate Conrad Chambers also came up big in the first scoring all five of his points by driving the line and thus kept the Aces on their heels. After the Clippers big man Richard Granberry was saddled with his second foul in the first, 6'4" guard James Kirksey came off the bench to fill the role and scored on a lay-up as the quarter ended to give Chester a slim 18-16 lead. As the Aces tried shorten the game with extended possession, Kirksey continued to score with five more of his season high 13 points and the Clippers maintained their two point advantage with a 26-24 halftime lead. After the Clippers missed their first five shots of the 3rd quarter, the Aces took advantage and jumped out to a 30-26 lead when Coach Yarbray called timeout at the 5:44 mark. Coming out of the timeout, senior Darius Robinson's three-pointer and a Rondae Jefferson's put-back dunk ignited a 9-0 run for the Clippers forcing Lower Merion to stop the madness with a timeout at the 3:08 mark with Chester now leading 35-30. It would be a lead they would never relinquish. Chester would finish the quarter with a 7-3 push accented by a Jefferson's follow dunk to provided a 42-33 advantage entering the last eight minutes. The Aces had no answer for the pressure the Clippers applied defensively and Chester extended their led to 17 points when their opponents called another time-out at the 2:40 mark now trailing 55-38. Chester finished the quarter with a 18-13 advantage for the final outcome. 

Chester's All-American and University of Arizona signee Rondae Jefferson had another outstanding showing with a double-double of 13 points and 18 rebounds to go along with his 3 assists. But his greatest contribution was joining with James Kirksey in limiting the Aces Syracuse signee BJ Johnson to just 11 points on the night.

The Clippers will return to action on Saturday, March 9th in the first round of the State Championship Play-offs against the Cumberland Valley, the 7th seeded team out of District-3. The site and time of the game will be announced later this weekend.



Chester 74, Cumberland Valley 43



Chester (25-3) advanced to the 2nd Round of the State Tournament behind the 21 point, 12 rebound effort of senior forward Richard Granberry. The Eagles of Cumberland Valley had no answer for the Clippers big man in the middle. The Clippers did not delay in exploiting the weakness of the Eagles inside with Granberry scoring 8 points in the opening period as Chester jumped out to a 18-8 lead after one. As the Eagles tried to adjust to Chester strategy, the Clippers used their guards to outscored their opponents 17-13 in the second to push their margin to 14 points with a 35-21 lead at the intermission. Chester continued with a balanced attack in the 3rd quarter distributing their 20 points among seven players to push their lead to 20 points ending the quarter at 55-35. The Clippers maintained their defensive intensity in the final quarter limiting the Eagles to a mere 8 points while putting up 19 for the final score of 74-43.

The Clippers had four players score double figures in today's contest with James Kirksey (12), Rondae Jefferson (11) and Darius Robinson (10) joining Granberry. In all ten of the twelve Clippers who saw action entered the scoring column. Chester's bench accounted for 18 of their points led by senior Isaiah Warren's seven points. 

Chester advances to the 2nd Round of the State Tournament where they will face the Williamsport Millionaires on Wednesday, March 13th at a site and time to be determined.


Chester 67, Williamsport 50

Chester (26-3) advances to the Quarter-finals with a 67-50 triumph over the Williamsport Millionaires at Martz Hall in Pottsville. The Millionaires battled the Clippers basket for basket in the first quarter with Chester holding a slim 16-15 advantage. With Richard Granberry saddled with two personal fouls 5 minutes in the 1st quarter, 6-5 reserve Khalil Williams came off the bench and performed yeoman's duties with 9 points and 5 rebounds in the second quarter as the Clippers push their margin to six point at the half. Chester - 31, Williamsport - 25. With Chester ahead 37-31 at the 5:12 mark, Rondae Jefferson converted two free throws to give the Clippers a 39-31 lead and became the 28th member of Chester elite 1,000 point club. The teams played even in the third quarter and Chester entered the final quarter ahead 45-39. Chester's defensive pressure coupled with their depth proved too much for Williamsport in the final quarter as Jefferson exploded for 10 of his game high 23 points punctuated with a windmill dunk to end the contest. Rondae finish with yet another double-double as he controlled the boards with 14 rebounds. Senior point guard Rashan DeJarnette added 6 of his 8 points, reserve James Kirksey dropped in 4 of his 6 and Darius Robinson contributed 2 of his 9 as Chester doubled their opponents to the tune of 22-11 in the 4th to sail home with the victory. Richard Granberry finished with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot in his limited minutes. Conrad Chambers completed the scoring for the Clippers with 4 points in the middle two quarters. 

Chester will take on District 1's #4 seed, Great Valley, on Saturday, March 16th at a time and place to be announced.


Chester 55, Great Valley 42




Chester (27-3) advanced to the State Final-Four with a workman like 55-42 triumph over the Great Valley (27-4) Patriots at Spring-Ford High School. While Chester's Rondae Jefferson led all scores with 16 points, it was the hard working Richard Granberry's double double of 11 points and 11 rebounds that kept the Patriots at bay. Great Valley's milk the clock offense limited Chester to a mere nine possessions in the first quarter but the Clippers still managed to outscore their opponents 14-8. In that first quarter, the Clippers distributed their 14 first quarter points among five different player while the Patriots put two players in the scoring column. With ten possession in the second quarter, Chester produced another 10 points and Great Valley behind going 5 of 5 from the line cut the Clippers margin to five points at the intermission. Chester 24, Great Valley 19. With Granberry converted offensive rebounds into made buckets, Chester stretched their lead to eight points to closeout the 3rd with the score 39-31. The Clippers applied a little more pressure to start the 4th quarter resulting in a 14-3 run as Chester captured their biggest margin of the afternoon at 20 points. The Patriots were held scoreless until the 4:10 mark in the period when Mikal Bridges convert two free-throws to make the score 49-33. Their next basket would not come until 2:06 making the score 53-35. Bridges would finish the contest with 14 points. The reserves would come in to finish out the contest. James Kirksey once again made his presence felt on the defensive end helping to hold Bridges to just four first half points while scoring 7 of his 9 points during the same time frame. Rashan DeJarnette saved his quickness for Chester burst in the 4th with two steals and 4 of his 6 points. After opening the contest with a trey, Chester's only three-pointer of the day, Conrad Chambers spun his way for 6 second half points to also finish with nine. Seniors Darius Robinson and Khalil Williams each contributed two points to complete the scoring for Chester. 

Chester will be making their State Record 27th trip to the Final-Four where they will take on St. Joseph's Prep on Tuesday, March 19th at a site and time to be announced.


Chester 47, Lower Merion Aces 63


The Clippers ran aground in their quest for the State Championship falling to the Lower Merion Aces 63-47 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Even though Chester held a 14-12 lead at the end of the 1st quarter defensively they were a step slow. The Clippers allowed the Aces to score three treys in that opening period after holding them with zero treys in the District Championship game. In the second quarter, Chester lost their shooting touch resulting in only three made baskets and 0 for 4 from the charity stripe enroute to a season low 6 points for the quarter. Lower Merion continued to hit their shots and took advantage to the tune of 16-6 and a 28-20 lead at the intermission. When Chester's Darius Robinson injured his ankle in the opening minute of the 3rd quarter, senior James Kirksey stepped in with 6 of his 8 points as the Clippers now trailed by seven 43-36 going into the final period. The fourth quarter was all Lower Merion as Chester seemed to have no legs and was outscored 20 to 11 for the final margin. Rondae Jefferson and Richard Granberry each finished their careers with a double double, Jefferson had 12 points and 18 rebounds and Granberry, 10 points and 10 rebounds. Eight of the ten Clippers who saw action in the contest were able to put their names in the scoring column. The Clippers were frigid from both the field going 19 of 60 (31.7%) and the free throw line hitting on just 8 of 15 (53.3%).  Darius Robinson ended his career with 6 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal in 12 minutes and 29 seconds of playing time. Rashan DeJarnette added 4 points, Isaiah Warren hit the Clippers only trey of the game to finish with 3 points and Khalil Williams and Conrad Chambers had two points apiece. 

While this isn't how Chester wanted the season to end, the Clippers finished another winning season with a record of 28-4, a Del-Val League Championship, a District-1 Championship and the State Runners-up trophy.