Chester does just enough right to advance

Chester’s Deshawn Hinson, left, bodies up Hempfield’s Andrew Green Saturday in the PIAA Class AAAA first round. Chester’s defense compensated for a shaky offensive outing in a 55-46 win. (Digital First Media/Anne Neborak)

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By Harry Chaykun

The last seven days seemed to be never-ending for members of the Chester High boys basketball team, who were burning from their District One Class AAAA finals loss to Plymouth Whitemarsh.

Promptly motivated, the Clippers (21-7) came out ready for Saturday’s state tournament opener at Interboro High against Hempfield, District Three’s sixth-place team. Some things went better for coach Larry Yarbray’s charges than others as they held off the Black Knights, 55-46.

“Good teams can win (when they don’t play well),” Yarbray said. “We missed foul shots (10 of 22), and did some other things. But we never lost our focus on defense.

“We try to make sure no team scores more than 12 points in a quarter against us. And that team got 46 points. It’s a win, and you’re always happy when you win (at this time of the season) and have practice Monday.”

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