By Jeff Griffith & Kyle Loedel
After one surprising “down” year where Chester didn’t make the PIAA state playoffs for the first time in over two decades, the Clippers are proving the orange and black is still very much a force in southeastern Pennsylvania boys’ basketball.
A 74-62 District 1 AAAA semifinal victory over the fourth-seeded Ridley Raiders Tuesday night at the Liacouras Center, has put No. 9 Chester within one win of adding another district title to a trophy case that already includes 11 of them.
This, of course, is just one year removed from an underwhelming finish for Chester; the 2014-15 Clippers ducked out early in last year’s district playoffs and fell two wins short of locking up a state bid.
It wasn’t a horrible season by any means, especially factoring in the loss of point guard Khaleeq Campbell in mid-Decemebr to a season-ending injury. It just wasn’t the Chester people are used to.
However, Tuesday night was a bit more remnant of the Clippers that have ruled district one over the past several decades.