Lower Merion vs Chester PIAA D1- 6A quarter-final playoff 2020

Watkins steps up in fourth to lead Chester past Lower Merion to district semis

Chester’s Karell Watkins, left, goes to the basket against Lower Merion’s Demetrius Lilley. Watkins scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Clippers over the Aces. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

By Matthew DeGeorge

If you were measuring just the battle of the bigs in the first half Friday night, you might’ve thought the scoreboard at the Fred Pickett Memorial Gymnasium was a little off.

On one side, Lower Merion’s sensational 6-9 sophomore Demetrius Lilley was dominant, accounting for 13 points. On the other, Chester’s 6-7 Karell Watkins was just OK, by his lofty standards – four points, four boards, as many baskets made as he’d had attempts swatted away by Lilley (two).

Karell Watkins interviewed by Dave Burman after Watkin’s 23 points and 8 rebounds defeating Lower Merion 54-46.

But Watkins had the last laugh, with Lilley rooted to the bench, in a battle of underclassmen who seem destined to stamp their names in the history book of District 1’s most exalted rivalry.

Watkins was unstoppable in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his game-high 23 points in the frame as Chester withstood a run by Lower Merion to pull out a 54-46 win in the District 1 Class 6A quarterfinals.

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