Chester and Plymouth Whitemarsh duel for District 1 crown

 Chester's Khaleeq Campbell drives by Ridley's Damir Fleming. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Chester’s Khaleeq Campbell drives by Ridley’s Damir Fleming. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

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Plymouth Whitemarsh is aiming for its first PIAA District 1 Class 4A boys’ basketball championship in nearly two decades against Chester.

 To accomplish that, the Colonials will have to find a way to handle the Clippers’ ferocious defensive pressure, considerable size, and wave of confidence gained from winning 18 of their last 19 contests.

“We have to appreciate that Chester is going to bring a level of energy and attitude to the game that we have to match,” PW coach Jim Donofrio said.

The No. 2-seeded Colonials (24-2) and No. 9 Clippers (20-6) will vie for top honors at 8 p.m. Friday at Temple’s Liacouras Center.

PW, making its second straight appearance in the final, last won a district crown in 1998. Chester is aiming for its fifth title in six years, 12th in 15 seasons, and 24th overall.

“It should be a great game,” Clippers boss Larry Yarbray said. “We’re going to go out and play our style of game, which is similar to theirs, and let the chips fall where they may.”

Chester’s imposing frontcourt features 6-foot-9 Maurice Henry, 6-8 Jordan Camper, 6-7 Marquis Collins, and 6-6 Jamar Sudan. Henry and Collins are seniors bound for Delaware State.

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