Bulldogs clip Cardinals in dominating victory

 

By Joel Charron

It took a while for the engine to warm up but once it did the General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team was cruising.

The Bulldogs moved to 6-0 on the season after dismantling the Brennan Cardinals 64-46 last Tuesday evening at General Amherst High School.

Amherst found themselves quickly in the hole as Brennan outscored the Bulldogs 13-2 in the first four minutes of the game, however after three consecutive Brennan turnovers led to six straight fast break points for Amherst Grade 9 reserve guard Macual Reiner put the Bulldogs back in the game.

Amherst outscored Brennan 19-6 in the final four minutes of the opening frame and held a 21-19 lead. Amherst’s sloppy defense allowed the Cardinals to stay within striking distance but managed to build a 35-29 lead at the half.

Amherst continued to attack in the third quarter, opening the second half on a 10-0 run and held their opponent to only six points. With the game under control, Amherst head coach Dom Silvaggio was able to rest his starters and get his reserves some time.

“We started really flat,” said Amherst point guard Max Reiner. “It could be that we are tired from last night’s game but for whatever reason we didn’t look good in the first four minutes.”

Reiner said once the Bulldogs were able to settle down and “find their legs,” the offense fell into place.

Although the Bulldogs came away with the win, Silvaggio said his squad has to do a better job of protecting the

Amherst point guard Max Reiner hangs in the air as he shoots over a Brennan defender.

Amherst point guard Max Reiner hangs in the air as he shoots over a Brennan defender.

ball.

“We committed a lot of turnovers,” said Silvaggio. “We played very sloppy. We have to get away from that, especially if we want to move on and play at the next level.”

Silvaggio also mentioned the defense still needs improvement but since returning from Christmas break practice time is at a premium because the teams are making up for games lost because of the teacher union/government contract talks.

“We haven’t the practice time to work on things,” said Silvaggio. “I haven’t been happy with their defensive footwork, it’s been very slow and stagnant. But this is all stuff we can work on in the gym.”

Since returning to school on Jan 7 the Bulldogs have played nearly three games a week to catch up with the rest of the league. Although the team is young and can recover quickly, Reiner said the boys are starting to feel the effects.

“Our energy is definitely going down a bit. Playing games back to back has taken its toll of some of us,” said Reiner.

Reiner finished the game with 18 points, Dylan Jaber poured in 11 points, Joel Wilson chipped in eight and Macaul Reiner came off the bench to contribute eight points while Silas Cipkar pitched in with seven points. Todd Girard grabbed six points and TJ Wilson had four.

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