Chester defeats Penn Wood to win Del Val title
CHESTER, PA -
The Chester Clippers remained perfect in Delaware Valley league play as they defeated the Penn Wood Patriots, 44-33, on Tuesday night, to claim the Del Val league title. Coach Keith Taylor, who is in his first year as head coach of the legendary Chester Clippers program, has led his team to a 15-6 overall record and a perfect 9-0 league record so far this season.
Senior Brian Randolph III led his team with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds in his last home regular season game of his high school career. Of his 18 points, 11 came in the fourth quarter to push the Clippers to victory, after Penn Wood led 28-25 through three quarters of play.
Randolph kicked off the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to tie it at 28 apiece, followed by a Michael Smith trey to give the Clippers the lead for good. Chester held Penn Wood to only five fourth quarter points to hold on for the victory.
This game was back-and-forth all night long as Chester led 9-6 after the first quarter, but Penn Wood came back in the second quarter to tie the game at 15 apiece at intermission. The Patriots used a strong 13-point third quarter to claim the lead, but the Clippers quickly turned that around to a Chester 3-point advantage in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
Now Chester sits in the Top 5 of the District 1 5A rankings and is setting themselves up in a nice position for the District 1 playoffs. Penn Wood, meanwhile, is ranked in the Top 20s of the District 1 6A standings, which puts them in the playoffs but they'll likely have to play on the road in the first round.
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