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Saturday, January 8, 2011


So by now, you've probably read my game story on Chester's 71-65 win over Penn Wood Thursday night. And Terry Toohey's column.

In case you haven't gotten enough of the game and its outcome, here are some other opinions ... from the players and coaches involved:

Chester sophomore Rondae Jefferson
On playing up to the competition:
"It's about playing up to who's on the floor. If we came out and played like we did against Penn Wood, we'd have beaten those other teams (we played) by way more.
On playing Penn Wood:
"The coaches put a lot of pressure on us to win this game."

Chester sophomore Darius Robinson
On why Penn Wood struggled:
"They don't have no guards. No guards means no ball pressure."

Penn Wood senior Shawn Oakman
On losing this game:
"I was confident we were going to win, the whole game. I knew my team, at the end of the day, we could buckle down and play defense. We just didn't."
On how different Penn Wood looks without he and fellow big man Darian Barnes:
"We're a big part of this team. When we get in foul trouble, we don't have a dominant post player except for Jeffrey (Kyem), but he's still hurt."

Penn Wood senior Aaron Brown
On the difference in the game:
"(Chester) played hard, and we had some key turnovers down the stretch. We lost it. They didn't win it. We lost it. Those turnovers killed us."
On the rest of the season:
"We're still the team to beat. We have a few things to work on, but once we get those things down, we'll be good."

Chester coach Larry Yarbray
On any other team in District One matching the Clippers' depth:
"They're going to have to try. That's our strength. Any given night, we have somebody who can beat you."

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