Sophomore guard Jake Sniras has handled much of the Garnet Valley Jaguars boys basketball team’s scoring efforts this season. From multiple 30-point performances, including a 33-point showing against District 1 power Coatesville (a game in which he hit the buzzer-beating 3 to win it in double overtime), to being amongst the top 10 scorers in all of Delaware County, the 6’3 guard, without a doubt, has been a crucial cog to the Garnet Valley machine that chugged to its final District 1 playoff game against 6th-seeded North Penn.
Following two straight losses to top-seed Spring Ford and 4-seed Central Bucks East, the third-straight away game was certainly a must-win. At least Sniras seemed to feel that way.
Although he’s performed at an All-Star level on multiple occasions this season, an extra gear seemed to kick in on Friday night. The first half ended with the Jaguars holding a 48-29 lead, with Sniras already having scored 30 points. Although his second half wasn’t as dominant, GV never looked back, extending their lead to 88-52 when the final buzzer sounded. Sniras ended the night with a team-high, game-high, and career-high 39 points, but also led the Jags to the District 1 7-seed to finalize its placement in the state tournament.
Garnet Valley will kick off the PIAA state tournament and continue their road trip to face off against Cumberland Valley this Saturday at 3pm.