PHILADELPHIA, Penn. -- The last game of the Scholastic Play by Play Classic at Temple University on Saturday night looked like a laugher, but the joke was nearly on John Bartram H.S.
Bartram cruised out to a 34-12 first half lead, but found themselves coming back at the end in a wild 58-55 victory over Chester H.S.
After building a 22 point lead midway through the second quarter, the Braves struggled offensively to leave the door open for the Clippers.
Meanwhile, Chester found its perimeter stroke and grabbed a 50-48 lead on a three pointer from guard Mark Freeman with 3:39 left in the contest. Moments earlier, guard Daryl Sanders had hit a three for the Clippers to cut the lead to a point.
Senior off guard Richard Francis hit a big shot for the Bartram, connecting on a three pointer with 1:48 to play to give the Braves the lead back for good.
Bartram was able to make enough free throws down the stretch to remain undefeated and keep the Clippers at bay.
Francis, who has emerged as one of the top available seniors in the metro Philly area, paced the Braves with 16 points. Charles Jones also notched 16 and 6-8 junior forward Jason Cain added 12 points for the victors.
Freeman and Damir Roberts shared high scoring honors for Chester with 11 points each.