Garnet Valley stops Stover, shoots over Upper Darby


Garnet Valley’s Carl Shaller completes a lay up in the third quarter against Upper Dublin. Photo by: Pete Bannan, Medianews Group

By Bob Grotz

When the bombs stopped falling, there was no trace of the bumpy start Garnet Valley weathered Tuesday to reach the quarterfinal round of the District 1 Class 6A boys basketball tournament.

With Carl Schaller taking it to the rack and Justin Langan throwing shots in from the parking lot, the Jaguars rolled to a 69-41 victory over an Upper Dublin squad good enough to have ended the postseason of Central League competitor Haverford.

Hard to believe the Jaguars trailed the Cardinals 6-0 and 8-2, much of the damage coming from 6-7 center Drew Stover, who scored a game-high 27 points, including all of his team’s points in the third quarter.

“He’s a really good player,” Jaguars coach Mike Brown said. “Our Achilles heel is we’re not very big. But we finally triple-teamed him and gave him a hard time.”

More than that, the Jaguars (15-3) gave the Upper Darby defense fits. Schaller scored 19 points, Langan 17 to lead the Jaguars, who now oppose Perkiomen Valley, which defeated Pennridge 56-52.

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