It’s not often we are treated to a game with all the feel of a state playoff game in December, but Friday night everyone at the Bollman Center got to see a matchup of perennial powerhouses Reading and Chester.
Reading was able to stay with last year’s state runner-up for most of the game, and jumped out to an early 14-13 lead after the first quarter.
The Red Knights, once again were able to hold off the Clippers again in the second quarter, giving them a 26-24 lead at the half. The Red Knights were able to hold Chester star power forward Tyrell Sturdivant scoreless in the first half. However, the Stony Brook commit would wake up in the second half.
The Clippers opened the second half on a 9-0 run, led mostly by the hot shooting of Mahir Johnson. The Red Knights would then spend the majority of the second half trying to claw their way back.
The Red Knights were able to finally regain the lead at 61-60 with 3:08 to go after Zhykeir “Meme” Burdine sank all three of his free throws.
However, Sturdivant would convert a 3 point play to put the Clippers back in the lead for good, ultimately solidifying a 70-63 win over Reading.
The Hoop Group named Meme Burdine as Reading’s MVP for his 22 point showing, while Mahir Johnson was awarded Chester’s MVP as he finished with 25 points.
Tyrell Sturdivant finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks for the Clippers.
Red Knights sophomore Khary Mouras continued his emergence posting 5 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The Red Knights (2-2) are scheduled to take on Lancaster-McCaskey at home on Saturday at 7:30. However, Mother Nature may postpone that contest. If that is the case, the Red Knights will battle rival Wilson (2-0) for the chance to win their 2000th game.