Bulldogs basketball team improve to 6-2 with two wins

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a good week for the General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team.

The Bulldogs concluded the week last Thursday afternoon at home with a 68-23 victory over Michel-Gratton and improved their record to six wins and two losses. Macaul Reiner led the Bulldogs in scoring with 24 points while Darius Wilson added 12 points.

“Defensively, we played pretty good. The steals were good,” said guard Brett Vandermuren. “Offensively, we were pretty good. We stuck to the system.”

Michel-Gratton fell to 0-7 but despite the level of competition, Vandermuren said the Bulldogs still had to be on their game.

“You still have to keep up the intensity,” said Vandermuren.

Darius Wilson (left) looks for someone to pass to during Amherst’s win over Michel-Gratton.

Darius Wilson (left) looks for someone to pass to during Amherst’s win over Michel-Gratton.

Vandermuren was satisfied with his own performance.

“I think I played good defense,” he said. “I finished my layups today. We played a good team game.”

Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs travelled to Villanova and downed the Wildcats 45-20. Vandermuren said they played well offensively and defensively but their intensity wasn’t always there, particularly in the second half.

Head coach Greg Scott agreed that the intensity level was better Thursday against Michel-Gratton than it was Tuesday versus Villanova.

“The intensity level was better tonight,” Scott said after Thursday’s game. “The guys have to have their intensity level up no matter who we play.”

Scott added: “I think our big guys did a better job boxing out today.” They are taking what they learn in practice and are transferring into games, he continued.

The Bulldogs got a better look at their reserves against Michel-Gratton, Scott added, and the bench players did well when given the opportunity.

“They are showing up every night just like everyone else,” he said.

Scott noted that Vandermuren is developing nicely and is getting better every week. He is “buying into everything we want him to do,” Scott added, noting the same can be said for Isaiah Byrne.

“He’s taking in everything we are telling him,” said Scott.

Scott also praised Reiner’s leadership, noting Reiner gets everyone involved and tries to make everyone better.

The Bulldogs were at Massey the previous weekend and played good competition in a tournament. General Amherst placed third, winning the bronze medal game by one point over the host school. They downed L’Essor in the opening game, Sandwich in the next game before losing to Herman in the semi-final by 11 points.

General Amherst was at Tecumseh Vista Academy Monday and host Kingsville Thursday.

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