The Patrick School New Name Same Game


West Orange, NJ– The Patrick School sent a clear message across the state of New Jersey Saturday that even though they may be down, they certainly are not out.

Behind DeAndre Bembry’s game-high 28 points the Celtics ran Gill St. Bernard’s out of the gym 58-38 in the fourth game of the Tip-Off Hoop Group Showcase at West Orange High School.

Bembry, whose point total was the second-highest ever for a Celtics player in Showcase history (Paul Williams scored 29 in 2001), was named MVP.

Freshman Tyus Battle was named as Gill St. Bernard’s MVP after scoring 14 points.

“Hopefully this game helps us build some momentum for the season,” said Bembry, who scored 13 of his 28 points in the third quarter as the Celtics built a four-point
halftime lead into a 10-point lead going into the final quarter.

“He took us on his back in the third quarter,” head coach Chris Chavannes said. “He has really expanded his game. He could always play inside but know he can shoot from the outside also.”

And while his improved outside game made him a little more difficult for the Knights to defend him, it was his power inside that put the exclamation point on this win when he threw down two impressive dunks in the third quarter, the second of which expanded the Celtics lead to 51-34.

The win was a big boost to the psyche of the Celtics who were trying to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Roselle Catholic on Friday.

“We have the title as underdogs this year,” said senior guard Chris Regus, who netted nine points, “hopefully we can continue to surprise some people this year.”

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