By Matt Smith
This was the Chester team people are used to seeing every March.
The Clippers masqueraded as something other than an unstoppable locomotive out to destroy everything in its way for long enough Wednesday and, perhaps to some extent, in earlier postseason battles. For the Clippers to improve upon their record wins in PIAA title games, they needed to embrace who they are. What the Clippers are not is a finesse team.
The real Chester team stood up Wednesday.
Led by 6-foot-6 forward Jamar Sudan’s 15-point, 10-rebound effort, Chester claimed a convincing, 74-49 victory over undersized Spring-Ford in a PIAA Class AAAA Tournament second-round game at Cheltenham High.
The Clippers will play District Three champion Reading in their 31st trip to the PIAA quarterfinals Saturday at a time and location to be determined. Reading downed District 11’s Emmaus, 71-54.
While the score doesn’t indicate it, the Rams (21-8) didn’t make things easy for the Clippers (22-8), particularly in the first half.