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

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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