Over the past four seasons, Ballard’s Quentin Snider has built an impressive resume. On Saturday, he added another accomplishment in leading the Bruins to a 94-72 rout of host Eastern.
The 6-foot-1 senior guard and University of Louisville signee scored a game-high 30 points and became the Bruins’ all-time leading scorer, supplanting Allan Houston. The record came at the free throw line, after he was fouled on a missed 3-point shot. He knocked down all three with 6:25 left in the game to register his 2,277th point.
“Everything was going through my mind at the free throw line,” said Snider.
He maintained his focus enough that all three shots were nothing but net. As he ran back on defense, the Ballard students and fans gave Snider a standing ovation. He added three more points before leaving the game for good with 4:23 remaining.
Snider needed 27 points to break the record, and Ballard coach Chris Renner took the unusual step of addressing the record with the team prior to the game. With the mark in reach, some local hoops dignitaries, including Darrell Griffith and Russ Smith, came out to see history in the making.
“Well, I think probably the only person that’s happier to get this over with than me is probably Quentin,” Renner said. “He’s just been a special player.
“Breaking this record really is special. It’s incredible what he’s accomplished, and hopefully there’s more to come.”
Snider got off to a hot start, scoring nine points in the opening 3:25 of the game, including two 3-pointers to help the Bruins (22-5), the top-ranked team in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings, jump out to a 16-8 lead.
“I was basically feeling it,” Snider said, adding that Renner told him, “If you hit a three, come down and shoot another one until you miss.”
Snider wasn’t the only Bruin feeling it, as the team shot 55.4 percent (31 of 56). Jalen Perry and Rijad Kovacevic added 14 points each for Ballard, with Kovacevic hitting all four of his 3-point attempts.
Tyler Cambron led the Eagles (14-6) with 18 points. Mason Szczabinski added 16 for Eastern.
Considering the Bruins’ rich tradition, with players like Houston, DeJuan Wheat, Jeff Lamp and Brandon Bender having played there, it makes Snider’s accomplishment all the more impressive, Renner said. Especially since teammate (and Butler signee) Kelan Martin recently became the school’s third-leading scorer.
But those accomplishments could quickly become footnotes, Renner said, if Snider and Martin fail to do what Houston did — win a state title.
“I think it says a lot about the level of talent Quentin and Kelan have,” Renner said. “But if you really want to be something, winning a state championship is going to put you in an elite class.”