Chester is back, thanks to swarming defense


Chester’s Jamar Sudan (22) blocks a shot by Hatboro’s Joe Russell in Chester’s 56-34 victory in the District One Class AAAA second round. (Digital First Media/Robert J. Gurecki)

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By Matthew De George

The idea of two players coming into a place like the Fred Pickett Jr. Memorial Gymnasium and constructing an upset is remote, yet plausible.

The notion of a player single-handedly beating Chester at home in the postseason is just about impossible, reserved for those players destined to have their name called by the NBA Commissioner on stage in New York one day (and even then, there’s no guarantee).

So when Chester scoped out No. 25 Hatboro-Horsham this week and diagrammed a gameplan against its two-headed scoring monster of guard Jay Davis and forward Clifton Moore, the plan seemed simple in principle.

In practice Tuesday night, its execution was devastating.

The Clippers limited Moore to less — the first two points of the game, then nothing — in a 56-34 pasting to return to the PIAA Tournament after a rare, one-year absence.

The No. 9 Clippers (18-6) will see the road to the District One Championship run through West 9th Street, thanks to No. 17 Central Bucks East’s upset over No. 1 Coatesville, 49-43. East and Chester meet Friday night in the quarterfinals.

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