Nelson Classic: Penncrest sets tone in win over Chester

Justin Heidig (above) and Penncrest topped Chester 57-48 on Saturday evening. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

By Josh Verlin

Despite starting off its defense of the District 1 Class 5A tournament with seven wins to open the season, Penncrest still felt it had plenty to prove. After all, the Lions had replaced three starters from a year ago, and were relying on several players who previously had played few if any varsity minutes.

Mike Doyle’s squad was presented Saturday evening with an opportunity to make quite a statement, indeed: a game against one of the state’s storied programs, Chester, playing in ostensibly a home atmosphere at Widener University in an event — the 13th annual Pete & Jameer Nelson Classic — named for one of the Clippers’ all-time greats.

And whether they were proving something to themselves or to the rest of the local hoops community, the message was clear: Penncrest is for real.

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(Webmaster’s note: The Penncrest vs Chester game was our Game-of-the-Week and can be heard on our Archives link by clicking on the player below)