Assumption shocks Amherst with comeback win


By Joel Charron

General Amherst Bulldogs Sr. boy’s basketball team head coach Dom Silvaggio was at a loss for words following his squads tilt against Assumption.

He helplessly watched as the Bulldogs choked away a 15-point halftime lead and scored a dismal 10 points in the second half in a 42-37 loss.

“It is what it is, it was just a bad game. There is no sugar coating it, it was a very, very bad second half,” said Silvaggio.

In the first half, the Bulldogs controlled the tempo and jumped out to a 12-7 first quarter lead.

Amherst continued the dominant play in the second frame, holding Assumption to five points while pouring in 15 points of their own and held a 27-12 lead at the break.


Amherst’s Todd Girard (white) jumps awkwardly to snag the ball away from an Assumption defender.

Although the Bulldogs started the second half hitting a few quick baskets, Assumption began a charge that Bulldogs just could not stop.

They scored 12 points in the third and 16 in the fourth to hand Amherst a crucial loss.

“I don’t understand how they can play two separate halves,” said Silvaggio. “The effort in the second half was absolutely ridiculous which is hard to take considering how well they played in the first half.”

As bad as Amherst played in the second half, they still had a chance to take control, however shooting 2 for 8 from the free throw line and numerous turnovers shut the door on any chance of a possible comeback.

“It’s really frustrating,” said a distraught Mitch Girard. “ Everything went wrong in the second half. Our offense, defense, turnovers, we didn’t move the ball, everything went wrong.”

With the loss, the road to the WECSSAA Tier 2 finals just got a lot harder. The Bulldogs may have lost their opportunity to host a quarterfinal playoff game and will most likely have to play Forster on the road in the semi-finals if they make it that far.

“This was a huge game and they knew that going in, and Assumption knew the same thing because they just took our spot,” said Silvaggio. “We are going to have a tough road all through out the playoffs.”

Girard scored a team high 12 points while Jeff Masson pitched in with eight points and Todd Girard had six points.

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