GLOUCESTER--- Conor Regan jogged up the court, received a pass and knocked down a 30-foot jumper to end the first half of Gloucester Catholic’s 67-44 win over Schalick on Wednesday.
The shot was a perfect encapsulation of how much confidence the Gloucester Catholic coaches have in the senior when he’s on the court.
“I did it against Pitman earlier in the year, the same exact thing,” Regan said. “I just feel comfortable. My point guard looked at me and asked me if I was ready. I just knew they have confidence in me so it gives me confidence myself.”
But the long-range three-point shooting is just one aspect of Regan’s game, as he’s morphed into one of the most complete players in the area.
“He’s a matchup nightmare for the opposition because he’s 6’5”, he can shoot, he can go inside, he’s got a good mid-range game,” Gloucester Catholic head coach Todd Powers said. “He’s turned himself into a real complete basketball player.”
“He’s completely transformed his game since he started as a sophomore for us. He was predominantly a perimeter player, a three-point specialist. Last year, he became our leading scorer and this year he’s a complete player.”
Regan, who contributed 28 points and 13 rebounds on Wednesday, was honored before the game for scoring his 1,000th point a week ago against Wildwood.
“It just means a lot,” Regan said. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates and coaches and it’s not even an award for me, it’s an award for the whole team because they helped me get to where I am.”
“I’ve been the head coach for 11 years and he’s my first 1,000-point scorer,” Powers said. “Typically, Gloucester Catholic is known for grinding it out on defense, having five guys who average anywhere from 8 to 12 points per game. We’ve rarely had a player of his capability.”
“I’m very proud of him because he’s put the work in. It’s a fantastic accomplishment to be one of the 14 players in the great history of this school to get his name up on the banner.”
Regan and the Rams are currently on a seven-game winning streak, as they get closer to the playoff cutoff with hosting a postseason game on their minds.
“As a team, we want to get a home playoff game,” Regan said. “We want to be here in March. We want to see how far we can go in March. We have confidence in each other and can pull it together.”
The 9-3 Rams recently earned a signature win over Delsea and they have big games against Woodstown, Haddon Township, Salem and Winslow to complete their 16 games before the playoff cutoff.
“I keep telling the team in order to get a home playoff game in Non-Public B, we have to continue to win,” Powers said. “We don’t want to put ourselves in a situation where we’re a lower seed and we have to go play one of the big boys.”
“That’s been the theme. Don’t stay satisfied. Stay humble, be hungry and the goal is to get a home playoff game. We have four games until the cutoff and we have several quality opponents coming up. If we can take care of what we need to, we’ll be home and it’s one of the best home-court advantages around.”