The Chester Eagles continued their much-improved play last week with exciting victories over cross-town rivals Elizabeth Davis and Carver. The Eagles enter the last two weeks of the regular season with a 5-4 record.
“We’re not used to winning, so it has been a learning process,” said coach Jimmy Terry after Thursday’s win. “We have three really tough games left, but the kids are finding a way at the end.”
On Tuesday, the Eagles traveled east for a critical game at Elizabeth Davis. The standing-room-only crowd was aided by the arrival of a packed pep bus from Chester.
“The Davis gym was really rocking and rolling!” Chester Athletic Director Geof LeSueur said. As the clock wound down, Chester’s Trey Brown drove the baseline and hit the key shot as the Eagles pulled out a 49-47 heart stopper, allowing Chester to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. Brown led all scorers with 18, while Carlos Carter-Thrash added 16 in the win.
On Thursday, the Eagles hosted Carver in another “Battle of Chester.” For much of the contest, it appeared Chester was in trouble, as they had no answer for Carver’s superior height. Thomas Taylor, Anwar Collins and Marcellus Purvis were dominating the boards, while Deion Walker and Hayden Barlow were scoring just enough to give the Cougars a working margin. In the second half, Carver’s offense stalled and Brown and Carter-Thrash caught fire with a combined 22 points, drawing the Eagles even at 43. In the game’s final minute, reserve Charles Williams stepped into the spotlight with a 20-footer from the top of the key to give Chester the lead for good. The three gave Williams his only points of the game, but they were huge in the 47-43 victory.
After the game, an excited Williams said: “I have confidence in my shot. I was open and luckily it went in. I hit the same shot last game against Davis.”
With a combination of dribble drives and short jumpers, Brown led the way with 24 points scored, while Carter-Thrash tallied 18.