PIAA 5A Second-Round Preview: Chester turning up the defensive pressure

By Josh Verlin

The first two-thirds of the season didn’t go the way Chester wanted.

Sure, the Clippers made their way to 20 wins, a nice standard for any team. But a trio of three-point losses ultimately cost them both a chance at the Del-Val League championship and the District 1 5A title: at Penn Wood (58-55) and at Academy Park (69-66) for its only two league losses; Upper Merion (53-50) in the second round of districts.

That means there’s only one trophy left winnable for this not to be a completely lost year for a program that’s used to bringing home some kind of hardware on a near-regular basis.

“We came up short, we lost some close games that could have gone either way, a couple of bad calls and it happens so we must learn from it and move on,” head coach Larry Yarbray said. “So we didn’t win the Del-Val, we didn’t win the districts and we’ve got a chance to win the state, and our kids understand that.

“Any team that can put five games together can win a state championship,” he continued. “That’s all it takes.”

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