Tyrese Martin Using Fifth Year to Prepare for Rhode Island

Rhode Island commit and current Massanutten Military Academy wing Tyrese Martin took the Lehigh Valley Showcase by storm by winning Co-MVP in a 84-82 win against the Westtown School. Martin scored 31 points and went back in forth with Duke commit Cameron Reddish. He enjoyed playing against tough competition at such an exciting setting.

“He made a lot of tough shots and made the gym go crazy so I felt like I had to step up again and go make a play,” said Martin. “It was just one of those games where I felt like the team said they were just going to ride with me. Whatever I did they just followed me, helped me and pushed through.”

Martin graduated from a Lehigh Valley based team in William Allen High School last year, but decided to do a post-graduate year at Massanutten this year. Martin had this game circled on his schedule as soon as he heard that he would be playing at home again.

“Since the beginning of the season I was looking forward to this game coming back home,” he said. “I played against them before, but we lost so this time I made sure we’d come out with the win.”

Getting the feeling back of what it meant to play in front of his home crowd meant a great deal to Martin.

“It was great I mean I hadn’t known what this felt like in a year,” Martin said. “Last year for high school we had games like this, but this game meant a lot. Everyone came out and showed love so I felt like I had to put on a show.”

He got the opportunity to catch up with old friends after the game, but before it was all business.

“Before the game I didn’t talk to anyone, I got really locked into the game,” he said. “I blocked a lot of things out, but after the game I talked to students and people.”

Schools like Maryland, NC State, Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech and more got involved with the recruiting process late for him. Even with top notch, schools like these recruiting him, Martin still found Rhode Island to be the place for him.

“They just stayed with me the whole ride and have been loyal,” he said. “With the picture they have for my four years at Rhode Island I feel like that it is going to fit my style of play. That’s where my heart felt like I needed to go.”

Martin transferring and taking a post-graduate year at Massanutten Military Academy didn’t align with the usual reasons a high school prospect takes a fifth year of high school. Usually done for a need with additional exposure, Martin felt he needed another year to expand on his game in order to make a big impact at Rhode Island next year.

“No it really had nothing to do with offers I mean since last year I knew I was going to go to Rhode Island before I even came to this school,” said Martin. “I wanted to get stronger and take the extra year to prepare myself mentally and physically for the next level.”

The new school has been an easy adjustment for Martin and he cannot wait for what is next with this team.

“I’m enjoying it a lot, we have a national championship to get so were just chasing that right now and its pretty fun with these guys,” Martin said.

Georgetown Bound Reggie Cameron Propels Hudson Catholic Past Freedom at Lehigh Valley Showcase

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ALLENTOWN, PA – After a tight first half, Hudson Catholic took control early in the third quarter and went on to top Freedom 53-46 in the final game of the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase at Parkland High School.

Reggie Cameron (6’8”/Class of 2013) led the Hawks (18-1) with 19 points while David Williams (6’6”/Class of 2014) scored16 for the Patriots (11-7).

In the first half it seemed that the Hawks allowed poor offensive production to hamper their defense and that allowed the Patriots to keep the game close.

“In the second half our defensive pressure changed the game,” said Cameron, who will attend Georgetown next season. “Early in the game we were forcing a lot of shots. In the second half we ran our sets all the way through and we were able to get to the foul line.”

Hawks coach Nick Marinello agreed with his star forward on the early struggles.

“Early our bad offense turned into bad defense and they took advantage of it,” he said, “they are a very well coached team.

“But we have a lot of work to do. We have a whole half of the season left and we are not playing our best basketball at the biggest time of the year.”

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Tyler Ennis Dominates as St. Benedict’s Beats Germantown Academy at Lehigh Valley Showcase

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ALLENTOWN, PA – Tyler Ennis scored 24 points as the St. Benedict’s Gray Bees stung the Germantown Academy Patriots 85-58 in the third game of the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase at Parkland High School.

Mike Young added 17 points for St. Benedict’s (17-0) while Greg Dotson, Nick Linder and James Drury each scored 10 points for the Patriots (18-4).

The physically stronger Bees put the game away with a 23-4 run to open a 31-9 lead midway through the second quarter and went into the locker room with a 50-24 lead.

“They’re a good team, a really good team,” St. Benedict’s coach Mark Taylor said. “I think the difference was that our pressure really got to them early and we didn’t let them get into their offense.”

Ennis, a six-foot-two guard who will be attending Syracuse next year, echoed his coach’s comments after the game.

“We pressured them at the start and made them turn it over a lot,” he said, “I feel that was the difference.”

The pressure and the turnovers clearly played a key role, but so did the play of Ennis, who along with his game-high point total added 13 assists. And if the modest guard wasn’t going to sing his own praises, Young, who committed to Pittsburgh in August, made sure to give his teammate his due.

“We had a height advantage tonight,” Young said, “but our guards were a lot better than their guards. When you have good guards it’s easy to lead a team to a victory.”

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Patrick School’s Bembry and Regus Too Much for Parkland at Lehigh Valley Showcase

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ALLENTOWN, PA – Crossing into Pennsylvania was not difficult for The Patrick School as the Celtics never broke a sweat in an 81-65 victory over host Parkland in the second game of The Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase at Parkland High School.

DeAndre Bembry and Chris Regus each scored 20 to lead the Celtics (14-3) to their second straight win. Austin Beidelman netted a game-high 25 for the Trojans (14-4) and was named his team’s most valuable player.

“They (The Patrick School) are really talented,” Parkland coach Andy Stevens said after the game. “We are not used to seeing that kind of defensive pressure and early on that got the best of us.”

That defensive pressure, along with the shooting of Bembry and Regus, was part of the reason the Celts were able to open a 50-34 lead by halftime

“We always come out good in the first half and then sometimes we slow down in the second. We need to keep our energy up, and I think we did that today,” said Bembry (6’6”/Class of 2013), who was named team MVP.

While Bembry took home the MVP honors, the award could just as easily have gone to Regus (6’2”/Class of 2013), who continues to impress on the court despite being unsure of his future after the season.

“I’ve had some schools express interest,” said Regus. “I have to discuss my options with my family, prep may be an option. Of course none of this gets in the way on the court. When I’m on the floor it’s all about basketball.”

Bembry echoed his teammate’s sentiments even though his future is a little clearer since he recently committed to play for the St. Joseph’s University Hawks after the season.

“I’m definitely still focused on this season,” said Bembry. “I’m still worried about getting better for states and (trying) to get a title.”

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St. Benedict’s Steals the Spotlight at 17th Annual Lehigh Valley Showcase

In the past 17 years the list of names, teams, and coaches that have come through the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase has been nothing short of amazing. Hoop Group continued the strong tradition with 4 matchups featuring teams from NJ, NY, and PA.

The Allentown locals flooded the box office early, programs in hand, and set for a day filled with competitive high school basketball.

The stage was set as senior laden Council Rock North Indians were set to clash with the young guns of Allentown Central Catholic.

The two teams exchanged baskets early but senior tandem of Aaron Morgan and Aaron Goodman proved to be too much for the Vikings.

Morgan and Goodman combined for 36 points as they defeated Allentown Central Catholic 75-49.

Sophomores Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman and JeanLee Baez both scored 9 points to lead the way for the Vikings.

Game MVPS: Aaron Morgan (Council Rock North), Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman (Allentown Central Catholic)


The pride of Philadelphia, Neumann-Goretti tipped off against New York power South Shore in the 2nd matchup of the day.

South Shore’s overall size and strength proved to be too much for Neumann-Goretti to overcome despite a spirited comeback late in the 4th quarter comeback. South Shore held on to win 58-54.

Wayne Martin did all the dirty work for South Shore dominating the boards while contributing 11 points.

However teammate Shamiek Sheppard stole the show scoring 9 of his team high 19 points in the 4th quarter putting any hope that Neumann-Goretti had of a comeback to rest.

Sophomore Jaquan Newton scored 21 points in the losing effort for the Saints.

Game MVPS: Shamiek Sheppard (South Shore), Jaquan Newton (Neumann-Goretti)


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For 17 years the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase has been bringing some of the best high school basketball to Allentown, PA.

Buzz swirled around the arena as Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim walked into the arena to take in the third game of the day.

The talented trio of Tyler Ennis, Isaiah Briscoe, and Melvin Johnson of St. Benedict’s were set to take on the dynamic duo of Savon Goodman and Daiquan Walker of Constitution.

It was all St. Benedict’s in this one 83-60.

Isaiah Briscoe provided the spark early scoring 6 points in the first quarter. Melvin Johnson picked it up in the 2nd quarter scoring 15 of his team high 27 points, and big man Isaiah Watkins sealed it scoring all of his 8 points in the 4th quarter.

Constitution’s Savon Goodman wooed the crowd a few times with some highlight reel dunks in scoring his game high 28 points but the Warriors could never really get going against the Grey Bees.

Game MVPS: Melvin Johnson (St. Benedict’s), Savon Goodman (Constitution)


The hometown crowd was anxiously awaiting to see their Parkland Trojans take on the Knights of Scranton.

Scranton jumped out to an early lead but Parkland battled back to close the gap to make it a two point game after the first quarter.

The Knights pulled away again in the 2nd quarter taking a 7 point lead into the locker room led by seniors Terry Turner and Malik Draper.

The Trojans just wouldn’t quit chipping away at the deficit cutting it to 1 point with under 10 seconds to play.

However Malik Draper like he did most of the day countered with what would be the final blow eluding defenders in the backcourt leading to an easy layup before the final buzzer sounded.

Zach Muhr knocked down four 3 pointers for his team high 16 points for Parkland Trojans.

Game MVPS: Malik Draper (Scranton), Zach Muhr (Parkland)