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By Keith Pompey

Inquirer Staff Writer

After a year of waiting and weeks of buildup, Chester and Roman Catholic played one of the most eagerly awaited boys’ basketball games in Southeastern Pennsylvania last night.
The result?

Chester, ranked first in the area by The Inquirer, defeated second-ranked Roman Catholic for the second consecutive season.

This time, the Clippers’ Maurice Nelson scored 24 points to lead his team to a 61-47 victory in the Primetime Shootout at Villanova’s Pavilion. Teammate Rahlir Jefferson added 19 points en route to being named his team’s MVP of the game.

Last night’s victory enabled Chester to improve to 17-2.

The Cahillites, playing without McDonald’s all-American candidate Maalik Wayns, dropped to 13-6. Roman had its nine-game winning streak snapped.

Wayns, a senior point guard, will be sidelined for about three weeks with a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Junior guard Rakeem Brookins led the Cahillites with 22 points. He was named Roman’s MVP. Senior forward Koron Reed had 17 points and seven blocks.

Roman Catholic 9 13 14 11 – 47

Chester 15 18 7 21 – 61

RC: Rakeem Brookins 22, Kawaun Chavis 3, Andre Horne 5, Koron Reed 17.

C: Kareem Robinson 1, Laquan Robinson 9, Maurice Nelson 24, Alvin Tinch 2, Dymere Crews 5, Keyon Staples 1, Rahlir Jefferson 19.

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One big quarter and one big outing by Rahlir Jefferson was all Chester needed.

The senior forward scored 22 points, hauled in 11 rebounds, dished three assists and had three steals in the Clippers’ 61-51 win over Glen Mills Thursday night.

The Clippers (10-1, 4-0), the Del Val League’s only undefeated team, remained perfect by outscoring the Battlin’ Bulls, 28-13, in the third quarter. Chester received nine-point efforts from brothers Kareem and Laquan Robinson and eight more from Maurice Nelson.

Glen Mills, which lost its second straight contest, made 31 turnovers in a game it trailed, 25-21, at halftime before falling away in the third. Aaric Murray scored a team-best 14 points and Tyrik Gass tossed in 10 more for the Bulls (9-4, 2-2).

In other Del Val action:

Chichester 55, Interboro 28

The Eagles (8-7, 2-2) received 19 points from senior forward Dan Clapp and 11 from fellow senior Malik Carter as they held the Bucs (7-6, 0-4) to their season-low point output.

Clapp knocked down a trio of 3-pointers in the game. He posted nine of his points in the second quarter, when Chichester went on a 12-3 run to put away Interboro.

Charles Bolger led the way for Interboro, dropping in 11 points. Rich Irwin scored eight in the loss.

Penn Wood 74, Academy Park 39

Chris White came off the bench to score a team-best 18 points, on 6-for-7 shooting from 3-point range, to pace the Patriots (12-1, 3-1).Tyree Johnson and Aaron Brown each tallied 11 points for Penn Wood.

White entered the game in the second quarter and hit his first five attempts, all from beyond the arc, to give Penn Wood a 37-19 edge heading into halftime.

Devon Cain led the Knights (6-9, 1-3) with 12 points. He was their only double-digit scorer.

Bicentennial League

Delco Christian 64,

Calvary Christian 37

Jordan Sbraccia led all scorers with a personal-best 24 to lead the Knights (6-7, 5-2). He also converted four 3-pointers in DC’s third win in four games.

Rob Pittman registered 11 points and seven assists and Will Ressler contributed eight points (and two treys) to the winning cause

By Keith Pompey

Inquirer Staff Writer
This game wasn’t played in front of big crowds like last season’s matchups at Villanova and Penn State, and a PIAA Class AAAA state championship title wasn’t on the line.

But Chester vs. Norristown is still one of the biggest tickets in Pennsylvania. And in case you’re wondering, the Clippers still have the Eagles’ number.

Chester defeated Norristown, 58-47, in last night’s Pete Nelson Classic at Widener University.

It was the Clippers’ third victory in as many meetings with the Eagles dating back to last season. Chester (5-1) defeated Norristown in last season’s District 1 Class AAAA final at Villanova. The Clippers then prevailed in the state championship game at Penn State.

Guard Maurice Nelson, a junior transfer from Valley Forge Military Academy, paced the Clippers.

Nelson scored a team-high 16 points for The Inquirer’s fifth-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Kareem Robinson added 8.

Senior guard Khalif Wyatt led the area’s 10th-ranked Norristown Eagles (5-2) with a team-high 16 points.

The Eagles had early 5-0 and 8-4 cushions over the inexperienced Clippers. But Rahlir Jefferson’s three-point play gave Chester a commanding 37-23 lead midway through the third quarter.

Norristown refused to give up, though, and pulled to within six points, 39-33, late in the quarter. But that was as close as the Eagles got.

Norristown 12 7 14 14 – 47

Chester 12 9 21 16 – 58

N: Sheldon Mayer 3, Khalif Wyatt 16, Lorenzo Christmas 9, Jarrell Gardner 5, James Ramsey 4, Tevin Bush 2, Tom Smith 8.

C: Kareem Robinson 8, Laquan Robinson 6, Maurice Nelson 16, Alvin Tinch 3, Dymore Crews 6, Keyon Staples 2, Rahlir Jefferson 12, Learon Pray 5.

First of all, WE ARE SORRY. To Coach Larry Yarbray and the Chester community, please accept our apology. We had Chester High buried in the bottom of our Top 20 Preseason Rankings. Some of us that think we know it all were taken behind the woodshed and thrashed. On Saturday night, Chester High dismantled Imhotep Charter, 56-39, and we learned one thing about Chester High. They play hard every minute they are on the court. Psychologists call it normative culture. That means that you will do what you are allowed to do. Well at Chester High, players are only allowed to do things one way-INTENSELY! For decades Chester has been known to be confident, cocky, arrogant and any other description that is associated with winners we love to hate or hate to love. This year Chester High has unveiled its new 2008-09 model. A three headed monster led by Rahlir Jefferson(16 pts, 11 rebs), Maurice Nelson(game high 19 pts) and Kareem Robinson(8 pts). How much fun is it for the Pride faithful to see the backcourt of Laquan Robinson, Kareem Robinson and Maurice Nelson? Last names sound familar? They are the younger brothers of NBA star Jameer Nelson and UofPitt star Nasir Robinson, both alums of Chester High.

Chester controlled the game and frustrated Imhotep’s guards. Chester was too quick. Whenever Imhotep mounted a comeback, one of Chester’s big 3 would extend the Chester lead. Imhotep, led by Sam Prescott(13 pts) managed to tie the game midway through the third quarter. For Imhotep, Parrish Grant and Jamal Jones chipped in with 10 pts apiece. There were 2 key game notes. The first quarter ended 15-1, in Chester’s favor. The fourth quarter ended 21-9, in Chester’s favor. That means Chester got stronger as the game wore on. The season has just begun. Can you imagine what they’ll be like come playoff time?

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