Amherst boys basketball team 2-0 after solid week


By Joel Charron

The General Amherst senior boys basketball started the season with an impressive win over Cardinal Carter.

The Bulldogs opened the 2012/2013 campaign with a dominating 65-25 win over the rival Cougars last Tuesday night at Amherst.

“This win feels good for everyone in this room,” said Amherst point guard Max Reiner, who finished with 13 points

Amherst was off and running from opening tip off.

The Bulldogs used their pressure defense and fast break to explode for a 15-0 run and held the Cougars off the scoreboard until 3:40 left in the first quarter.

Amherst continued the onslaught in the second frame, scoring 13 points while holding Cardinal Carter to three points.

Amherst held a 37-9 lead at the half.

Amherst poured in 12 points in the third quarter and 15 in the final frame, cruising to an easy

Amherst’s Dylan Jaber goes for a layup on the breakaway.

65-25 win.

Head coach Dom Silvaggio said he was pleased with his squad’s ability to control the offensive and defensive boards as Amherst held a distinct advantage in the rebounding department.

Although Silvaggio was pleased with the win, he noted that it is hard to “get a feel” for his team in a blowout win.

“It’s kind of hard to judge,” said Silvaggio. “Cardinal Carter isn’t what they were in the past so it’s hard to tell what we have.”

Silvaggio did mention that free throw shooting and ball movement are a couple of areas the Bulldogs will need to improve.

“We had quite a few turnover in our half court set but it’s a good first game for us to build some confidence,” he said.

Assistant coach Stephen Silvaggio said Grade 9 Macaul Reiner, who made is debut in a Bulldog uniform had a good game, scoring nine points off the bench.

“He looked really, really good,” said Stephen. “He is going to give us a jolt of energy when he comes into the game.”

Stephen also noted he would like to see the Bulldogs show more intensity throughout the game.

Reiner said once the Bulldogs built a comfortable lead they stopped the fast break and began to work in a half court offense.

The Grade 12 point guard said he feels this win is just a taste of what’s to come, however admits there is always room for improvement.

“This is just one game, a good game for us but we have to improve in some areas,” he said. “We’ll enjoy this for the night than get back in the gym and work on what need improvement.”

Amherst defeated L’Essor thursday afternoon 60-40. Todd Girard came up huge for the Bulldogs grabbing 18 points while Dylan Jaber and Max Reiner poured in 11 of their own.

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