Even through injuries, Chester rides wave into districts

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By Matthew De George

Separated by about as far geographically as you can be in District One, devotees of Chester basketball are no stranger to Council Rock North.

The last time they met in the playoffs was 2011, in a district final won by the Clippers. That was a rematch of the 2003 final claimed the Chester, and the squads also met in the second round of 2010.

The stakes will be a little different Friday night, when No. 9 seed Chester (16-6) hosts the No. 24 Indians.

Don’t let the seed fool you: Chester is one of the hottest teams in the field, having won 13 of 14. It hardly resembles the squad that stumbled through December at 2-5.

Lately, that’s included weathering the loss of Marquis Collins with a shoulder injury and Jordan Camper with a hand issue. The absence of those two starters has elicited the best from the supporting cast.

That begins with Khaleeq Campbell, who has assumed a larger scoring role with the former leading scorer Collins out. For the season, the pass-first point guard is averaging 10.9 points per game, but he’s upped that to 19.8 in the four contests Collins has missed.

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