The Atlantic City High School boys basketball will renew a rivalry and test itself against one of Pennsylvania’s top teams Saturday night.
The Vikings (2-0) will meet Chester (5-0) at 8 p.m. at Widener University in Chester as part of the ninth annual Jameer and Pete Nelson Scholastic Play by Play Holiday Classic.
Atlantic City is the two-time defending state Group IV champion. Chester lost in the final of last season’s PIAA AAAA final to Lower Merion. But Chester won the state title in 2012 and 2011.
Atlantic City and Chester used to play annually during the regular season in the 1990s and early 2000s. Jameer Nelson, now a member of the Orlando Magic, played for Chester against Atlantic City in
Both Atlantic City and Chester are in transition this season.
The Vikings returned two starters from last season’s team – guard Isiah Graves and forward Dennis White. Several role players from last season – sophomore guard Lamar Thomas, senior guard Tashad Reynolds and junior forward Kevin Allen – are playing more prominent roles. Atlantic City is 2-0 after beating Egg Harbor Township 53-44 and Wildwood Catholic 44-41.
The Chester roster features 10 new players, most notably 6-foot-7 forward Tyrell Sturdivant, who is headed to Stony Brook University in Long Island.
The Clippers are 5-0 this season.
Tickets for tonight’s game cost $14 and include admission to four other games. Roselle Catholic, last season’s Tournament of Champions winner, meets Abington, PA. at 6:15 p.m.