Fourth-quarter dry spell dooms Chester against Bishop Shanahan

Kevin Dodds (10) and Tom Ford (32) of Bishop Shanahan battle Chester’s Karrell Watkins for a rebound in the second quarter of the Eagles’ 61-47 victory over the Clippers in the semifinals of the District 1 Class 5A tournament at Temple’s Liacouras Center. (Digital First Media/Pete Bannan)

By Christopher A. Vito

At one end of the floor, Bishop Shanahan coach Ken Doyle stared toward the scoreboard. He took one nervous glance, then another. Then one more for good measure.

Doyle watched and waited, and no doubt hoped the clock would tick just a bit more quickly with each of his looks skyward.

At the other end, Chester coach Keith Taylor shouted for one of his players to take a foul and, just maybe, breathe new life into his fading Clippers.

The dichotomy was obvious: One coach hoping the clock would speed up, and the other hoping more numbers would magically appear on the digital read-out.

Taylor did not get his wish as the third-seeded Clippers bowed to the second-seeded Eagles, 61-47, in the first game of a District 1 Class 5A semifinal doubleheader Wednesday night at Temple’s Liacouras Center.

“It got away from us,” Taylor said.

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