Compiled by Sam Copeland
The Chester boys took an eight-point lead at halftime, survived an Emerald comeback attempt and defeated the Vikings 69-57 in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs Tuesday night.
Tommy Sanders led the way for the Cyclones with 20 points. He got support from Terrance Morris, who tossed in 17.
Chester has operated with a fast-tempo offense most of the season. Emerald’s strategy was to slow it down with a 2-3 zone on defense and force Chester into a half-court game.
The Cyclones responded with patience and some good outside shooting. That, coupled, with a good defensive effort, sent them to the second round on Friday night against the winner of the Lower Richland-Greer contest.
Chester led 17-16 after one quarter.
The Cyclones upped the margin to 33-24 by intermission. Emerald used some hot shooting to come back and take a two point lead late in the third quarter.
Chester regrouped and tied the count at 49 after three quarters.
It outscored the Vikings 20-8 in the final period to register its 14th win of the campaign.
Chester 69, Emerald 57
Emerald - Mil Hackett 15, Devante Williams 2, Tygres Williams 2, Devante Marshall 13, Stan Hackett 8, Kevin Lowden 12, Jermaine Ryans 5.
Chester - Jamarcus Moore 4, Tommy Sanders 6, John Gore 20, Shyheim Wilson 8, Terrance Morris 17, Stepphon Woods 2, Quan Caldwell 2, Jarrett Rambert 8, Shaq Hinton 2.
3-pointers - Emerald 3 (Hackett 1, Marshall 1, Ryans 1), Chester 3 (Gore 2, Morris 1). Team fouls - Emerald 20, Chester 13. Fouled out - Marshall (E).