Haverford vs Chester PIAA D1 – 6A 2nd Round Playoff Game 2020

Berry’s bombs help Chester stop streaking Haverford in its tracks

Chester’s Karell Watkins, looking a big fired up here in a playoff game last year against Plymouth Whitemarsh, helped lead a second-half Clippers comeback Tuesday en route to a win over Academy Park. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

By Matthew DeGeorge

Faheem Berry knew pretty early Tuesday night that it could be a good night for him and his team.

As in so many games Chester has played, Haverford’s scouting report was to first hit the Clippers with a zone defense. It’s fundamental basketball: Compress the space, divert the drivers, deny post entry, force Chester to prove it can shoot over you, instead of what it wants to do, which is drive right by you.

Delco Time’s sports writer Matthew DeGeorge being interviewed at half-time at the Haverford vs Chester game. Photo by: Delcohoops/Mike Mayer

That would leave opportunities on the perimeter, the poison most opponents pick against a team averaging just three made 3-pointers per game this season.

So up stepped Berry, in the lineup because of an injury to point guard Fareed Burton. And down went five 3-pointers and Haverford’s 11-game winning streak.

Berry scored a career-high 16 points, going 5-for-9 from 3-point range, to lead fourth-seeded Chester to a 64-44 win in the second round of the District 1 Class 6A tournament.

Faheem Berry interviewed by Dave Burman after Chester’s win and Berry’s 16 point effort including 5 3-point shots. Photo by: Delcohoops/Mike Mayer

“I feel like (Steph) Curry, you know how Curry gets open?,” Berry said. “That’s how I was feeling today. I just was shooting and I was like, ‘I’m hot, keep getting me the ball.’ I was feeding them, they were feeding me, and we played as a team.”

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