Bulldogs conclude WECSSAA Tier 1 basketball regular season

 

 

General Amherst’s Max Reiner lays in two of his team high 18 points during last Thursday night’s 55-50 victory over Holy Names.

General Amherst’s Max Reiner lays in two of his team high 18 points during last Thursday night’s 55-50 victory over Holy Names.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs are heading for the playoffs on a high note after picking up a hard-fought win over Holy Names.

The Bulldogs (6-4) went back-and-forth with the Knights last Thursday evening in the Amherst gymnasium but it was the home team that was able to pull away late and secure a 55-50 victory.

The game was tied at 11 after one and the teams traded runs in the second quarter before Amherst took a 26-24 lead into the half. Holy Names recaptured the lead after three quarters – 40-38 – but Amherst outscored the Knights 17-10 in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.

Bulldogs’ coach Dom Silvaggio praised the team, particularly the bench players which included Jesse Heywood and Matt Bondy.

“The guys that came off the bench did a good job for us,” said Silvaggio. “They gave us good, quality minutes.”

Though the team lost four games this season, Silvaggio believes they could have been undefeated had they shot free throws better in the games they lost.

“That’s what it came down to,” he said.

Max Reiner led the Bulldogs in scoring versus Holy Names with 18 points with younger brother Macaul Reiner adding 14 points. Dylan Jaber scored 11 points.

Max said they moved the ball well, played well defensively and “closed the game out nicely.” He believed they bounced back well after losing 70-67 Tuesday night on a buzzer beater at Forster.

Max had missed on a pair of free throws with just under a minute left but got a second chance on the next drive down the court and made the most of that opportunity by hitting his next two free throws.

“I’m glad I got a second chance,” he said. “The first two I missed were brutal.”

Max said the team believes they can play with anyone in the WECSSAA league.

“We’re confident going into the playoffs,” he said.

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