First half frustrations stall Bulldogs in WECSSAA Tier 2 title game


By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team didn’t quit but couldn’t overcome an early deficit either.

The Bulldogs dropped the WECSSAA Tier 2  championship game 55-45 Saturday afternoon at the WFCU Centre in Windsor. The Bulldogs scored five points in the opening moments of the game but could only manage two points the rest of the half, as they trailed 22-7 at the half.

“We had a bad first half,” said General Amherst coach Dom Silvaggio.

Silvaggio said it may have been nerves or a different sort of playing atmosphere in the larger arena that contributed to the rough start but was proud of the effort the Bulldogs showed.

“The kids didn’t give up which was nice. I was proud of them that they never gave up,” he said.

If the Bulldogs had made second half free-throws, Silvaggio speculated they may have been able to steal one but it wasn’t meant to be. He believed his team may have spent a lot of energy just trying to get back in the game.

“It was a great year. The kids came to practice and worked hard. I thought they played well. Unfortunately our worst half of the season came at the worst time,” said Silvaggio.

Max Reiner led the Bulldogs in scoring with 19 points. He agreed with Silvaggio that the “sloppy” first half did the Bulldogs in.

“It was just a bad first half,” said Reiner.

Reiner said the coaches told the players at the half to keep working and that is what they did.

“It was good to see we put up a fight,” he said. “It was fun regardless. It’s a great experience either way.”

Todd Girard had 14 points for General Amherst while Joel Wilson had eight points. Dylan Jaber chipped in four points.

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