By: Jeremy Park
The Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic at Widener University this past weekend provided one of the best matchups in all of District 1 that any basketball fan will see all year. Garnet Valley and Coatesville battled it out in “The Den” for a full regulation game, plus two overtimes that ended in movie-esque fashion.
From the first of three tip-offs, both offenses came out firing. The first half ended in a 34-34 tie with a Quinn O’Hara floater in the final seconds to even it up. By halftime, sophomore guard Jake Sniras led the game with 14 points.
Sniras continued his scoring efforts in the second half, dropping 12 in the third quarter alone. Regulation ended with both teams having scored 57 points. The first four-minute overtime was a scrappy battle that ended in yet another deadlock at 60. The second overtime was the opposite, with Coatesville starting with possession and holding the ball for 2 and a half minutes, draining the clock until the Jags defense stepped up and forced Coatesville to move. GV’s Logan McKee broke the tie with an inside layup, but Coatesville’s Zuri Harris gave the Raiders a one-point lead with a three.
In the closing seconds, Jake Sniras in a hot-potato situation with senior Drew Van Horn, rose up for the final shot from beyond the arc, and watched it fall through the basket as the buzzer sounded.
The Jags walked off the court fresh off an amazing victory over a top team in District 1, and Sniras walked off with the best performance of the event, posting 33 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals.
Garnet Valley resumes Central League play this week starting Thursday at Penncrest.