Semifinal loss means end of the road for Chester’s dominant duo

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By Matt DeGeorge

Tyrell Sturdivant and Mahir Johnson hoped the journey wouldn’t be over.

They hoped that the winding path that brought them through the Chester youth systems, though three years at Glasgow (Del.) High School, through a joyous homecoming season at Chester High, would end at the mountaintop that every Clipper aspires to reach: Cutting down the nets with a trophy that reads “PIAA Champions.”

When that plan fell to pieces Tuesday night in Chester’s 61-55 loss to La Salle at Coatesville High School, it was because La Salle had disrupted the on-court connection between the two that had propelled the Clippers to the District One Championships and their fourth straight berth in the PIAA semifinals.

Chester’s Mahir Johnson, left, goes for the rebound with La Salle’s Shawn Witherspoon during Tuesday’s state semifinal loss to the Explorers. (Robert J Gurecki)

Even the briefest of scouting reports of Chester would have to focus on Johnson and Sturdivant, the Clippers’ two double-digit scorers, the two players who racked up more than 1,000 points each during their high school careers.

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