Reiner captures “Mr. Basketball” award as MVP of WECSSAA Tier 1

 

General Amherst’s Max Reiner (right), seen in a recent game versus Holy Names, was recently named “Mr. Basketball,” symbolic of the MVP of WECSSAA Tier 1.

General Amherst’s Max Reiner (right), seen in a recent game versus Holy Names, was recently named “Mr. Basketball,” symbolic of the MVP of WECSSAA Tier 1.

By Ron Giofu

 

Max Reiner’s efforts on the basketball court didn’t go unnoticed by the rest of the league.

General Amherst’s guard was chosen as WECSSAA Tier 1’s “Mr. Basketball,” meaning he was the most valuable player in the top tier of high school basketball. The award was voted on by the coaches.

“It feels good. It feels nice. It’s a good award,” said Reiner. “I was a little surprised (to receive it).”

Reiner said he received the call last month from head coach Dom Silvaggio, after the latter had received word at a coaches’ meeting. Reiner admitted he was “a little excited” when Silvaggio called him at home and told him the news.

“To be honest, I was just trying to get on the all-star team this season,” said Reiner. “MVP? I wasn’t expecting it.”

Reiner won Mr. Basketball at the Tier 2 level a year ago but was even happier to receive it at Tier 1.

“I’m very appreciative of it. It’s very nice,” he said.

Winning the award would not have happened without his teammates, Reiner added.

“I wouldn’t have gotten it without them. We played great the whole year,” he said.

Reiner has spoken with universities up north but hasn’t got the same level of interest from schools locally. While he may go north to play, he indicated he has a desire to stay close to home and focus on studying business.

Playing in Tier 1 showed General Amherst can play against anyone in the area, he believed. He said their fortunes should have been better in the playoffs but their loss a couple of weeks ago against Assumption was a result of them trying too hard.

“We didn’t play our game,” he said.

Defenses played him differently when they knew he was “Mr. Basketball” but Reiner believes that can’t be seen as a factor in why they didn’t advance in the WECSSAA playoffs.

“It’s still no excuse,” he said. “We should have played better. It was a great year but it ended a little too short.”

In addition to being grateful to his teammates, he is also grateful to his coaches including Silvaggio, Dom’s son Stephen Silvaggio and Greg Scott.

“They taught me a lot,” said Reiner. “I’m going to miss playing for them. They taught me a lot. They were great coaches.”

Silvaggio praised Reiner’s play this season.

“What Max accomplished this year was unbelievable,” he said. “To be named as the MVP of Tier 1 is an amazing achievement. He should be very proud of his accomplishments. I know as his coaches (Stephen, Greg and myself) are very proud of him. I feel the other coaches in the league voted for him because they knew what an important role he played for our team. I am sure that wherever he decides to play next year that team will truly appreciate the things he can do. He will also make that team a better team.”

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