Bulldogs eliminate Cardinal Carter; Fall to Forster in Semis


By Joel Charron

It’s been quite the roller coaster ride for the General Amherst boys basketball team.

After booting the Cardinal Carter Cougars from the WECSSAA AA playoffs 64-48 Wednesday evening, the Bulldogs were shown the door by Forster Friday night, losing 73-50.

However, their season isn’t over just yet. With Forster beating Essex 70-69 in Sunday afternoon’s WECSSAA final Amherst gets to challenge Essex Wednesday evening and, with a win, could still make it as far as OFSAA as SWOSSAA gets two berths, but Forster would have to win SWOSSAA to put the wheels in motion.

On Wednesday night the Bulldogs avenged last years semi final loss eliminating the Cougars 64-48 from playoffs, on their home court.

“I know the football players are pretty happy right now,” joked head coach Dom Silvaggio.


Jeff Masson throws down the ball in the second half in their quarter-final match up against Cardinal Carter

“This is big time for the boys,” said Amherst point guard Max Reiner. “We wanted to get back at them so bad after last year. They beat us on our home court so we really wanted to take it to them on theirs and it looks like we did a good job of that.”

It was a little rough going in the opening frame; a slow start saw the Bulldogs fall behind 10-13 in the first quarter.

Amherst opened the second frame on a 9-4 run and outscored the Cougars 17-9 while holding a 27-22 halftime lead.

Amherst didn’t let off the gas pedal, outscoring Cardinal Carter in the third, by using a combination of perimeter shooting and low post buckets.

In the final frame, the Bulldogs shut the door on defense, holding the Cardinal Carter to 12 points while pouring in 21 points of their own.

Silvaggio said the Bulldogs’ ability to hit free throw late in the game was the difference.

“It was nice to see them hit free throws at the end of the game,” said Silvaggio. “Last time we played them we missed our free throws, that’s why they started fouling so early.”

Silvaggio also noted that he thought the Bulldog showed maturity by not succumbing to the trash talking home crowd.

Friday night was a different story. The Bulldogs got down by 20 in the first quarter and couldn’t recover, losing 73-50.

Unlike a few nights prior the Bulldogs struggled with free throws, missing their first seven attempts.

Silvaggio said that the slow start could be attributed to his players being “too hyped up.”

Silvaggio added is squad is happy to get another shot to extend their season.

“Hopefully they can get it together for Wednesday night because it’s not the way a lot of those kids want to go out,” said Silvaggio.


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