Bulldogs now 9-2 after a pair of wins on the hardwood

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

General Amherst picked up a few wins last week to improve its record to 9-2 on the WECSSAA Tier 2 senior boys basketball season.

The Bulldogs’ hosted the Kingsville Cavaliers Thursday night and came away with a 47-29 victory behind 16 points from Sam Girard and 14 from Macaul Reiner.

Brett Vandermuren drives to the basket during third quarter action last Thursday. General Amherst beat Kingsville 47-29.

Brett Vandermuren drives to the basket during third quarter action last Thursday. General Amherst beat Kingsville 47-29.

Girard said Reiner didn’t have his usual shooting night but other players stepped it up offensively and defensively.

“It was more of a team game,” said Girard.

The two teams were anemic offensively in the third quarter as they scored three points apiece. Girard said the Bulldogs rushed too much offensively that quarter but still managed to play good defense.

Girard added the Bulldogs knew Kingsville is a good team and they knew the game would be close.

“It was a good win,” he said.

According to Girard, Reiner “shot the lights out” in the team’s previous game, a 56-22 win at Tecumseh Vista Academy. Jason Hamilton added seven steals in that game for General Amherst.

Bulldogs coach Greg Scott credited the win over Kingsville to stretches where they played good defense and forced turnovers.

“That helped us pull away,” said Scott.

Scott pointed out Girard’s effort, saying Girard hit key shots from the high post during a game where Reiner didn’t have his usual offensive effort.

“Other people stepped up and did what they needed to do,” said Scott.

The players that came off the bench also performed well, he added, noting the efforts of Isaiah Byrne, Jason Hamilton and Shayne Purdie.

The Bulldogs got off to a slow start in the game at Vista, but Scott said they soon pulled away and had a 31-6 halftime advantage.

Macaul Reiner (right) dribbles around a Kingsville player during first half action of General Amherst’s win last Thursday afternoon.

Macaul Reiner (right) dribbles around a Kingsville player during first half action of General Amherst’s win last Thursday afternoon.

“Macaul just exploded in the second quarter,” said Scott.

Scott added that he would like to see the players be ready to play right off the opening tip. He said it often takes them too long to pick up the intensity and start playing harder. Going into the playoffs, Scott said it will be important for the Bulldogs to play with high intensity right off the opening tipoff.

The Bulldogs’ most recent game was Monday in Leamington where they downed the Cardinal Carter Cougars 32-28.

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