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Sr. Bulldogs spirits not dampened despite 0-10 basketball season



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball season didn’t finish the year with the record they wanted but still managed to enjoy the experience.

The Bulldogs dropped a 72-32 decision to the Essex Red Raiders last Tuesday night in a game played at General Amherst High School. The Bulldogs held a 9-8 lead at one point in the first quarter but Essex finished the quarter strong and led 22-9 after the first eight minutes.

The Red Raiders lead ballooned to 33-19 at the half before pulling away further in the second half en route to the victory.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 0-10 and out of the playoffs. Essex finished the regular season with a 7-3 record.

The 2017-18 General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team concluded their season with a loss to the Essex Red Raiders last Tuesday night. The Bulldogs finished the season winless but still enjoyed their experiences with the team this year.

“We were just having fun, soaking it all in,” said Sebastian Hebert, one of the team’s seniors. “We were going for the win. It just kind of fell apart.”
Despite their record, Hebert said he had a fun year with his teammates.

“I’m glad we had a team,” he said. “I was just glad I could play.”

Hebert said that he didn’t know if he would enjoy basketball when he started in Grade 9.

“It turns out, I love it,” he said.

General Amherst head coach Ben Pelger said the final game against Essex was symbolic of how the entire season went.

“It was a tough season with a couple of good games,” he said.

Pelger said it was a lack of physical ability that held the Bulldogs back this season as they were unable to keep up with other teams.

Pelger also thanked the seniors for their leadership on this year’s team.

General Amherst’s Griffin Muzzin is pressured as he dribbles the ball up the court during last Monday evening’s WECSSAA senior boys basketball game. Essex defeated General Amherst 72-32 to drop the Bulldogs’ record to 0-10.

“We just have to go back to basics and work hard over the summer,” he said.

The season was still enjoyable, Pelger added, and said the support of parents and grandparents was appreciated.

“That’s something that’s really important for our community,” he said.

The junior Bulldogs, also coached by Pelger, finished the regular season with a 1-9 record.

“They worked hard and played to the best of their abilities,” he said. “We still don’t have the height to compete with the other teams. For a small team, they really had some close games.”


General Amherst eliminated in WECSSAA basketball quarterfinals



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team saw their season come to an end last Wednesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs were in Windsor for a WECSSAA AA quarterfinal matchup against the Herman Green Griffins and came out on the short end of a 62-51 final score. Macaul Reiner had 33 points and Sam Girard had 15 for the Bulldogs.

Macaul Reiner scored 33 points in General Amherst's quarterfinal loss at Herman. He is pictured here scoring in a recent game versus L'Essor.

Macaul Reiner scored 33 points in General Amherst’s quarterfinal loss at Herman. He is pictured here scoring in a recent game versus L’Essor.

“We got off to a poor start again. I believe we were down by 16 at one point in the first half and cut it to ten by halftime. We got down by 14 early in the third and then cut it to eight points,” said Amherst head coach Greg Scott.  “However we made a couple of turnovers and they got the lead back over ten points. It was a good effort overall and we had an opportunity to win but did not execute when it mattered.”

Reiner, Girard and Isaiah Byrne are all graduating seniors on the Bulldogs’ roster.

General Amherst finished the regular season with a 10-2 record in Tier 2 play but had to play Tier 1 opponents, such as Herman, in the playoffs as both are AA schools as well.

The Bulldogs had defeated Riverside in the team’s opening playoff game with the Rebels also being a Tier 1 opponent.

Amherst splits two games on the court last week


By Ron Giofu

The General Amherst Bulldogs won one and lost one in WECSSAA Tier 2 senior boys basketball action last week.

The Bulldogs (4-1) lost their first game of the year Thursday afternoon, a 51-48 defeat at the hands of the visiting Brennan Cardinals. Macaul Reiner scored 32 of his team’s 48 points but said it was a frustrating night offensively for the team.

“The intensity wasn’t really great on offense,” said Reiner. “We didn’t hit open guys.”

General Amherst's Macaul Reiner looks for someone to pass to during the Dec. 17 51-48 loss to Brennan.

General Amherst’s Macaul Reiner looks for someone to pass to during the Dec. 17 51-48 loss to Brennan.

Reiner said the Bulldogs were expecting a tough game from Brennan, but “we weren’t ready for it, I guess.” He believed if they had done some “little things” better, they probably would have won the game.

Coach Greg Scott said the Bulldogs still have to find a way to put it all together.

“We definitely have all of the components of being a successful team,” said Scott. “We need to understand what needs to be done in all situations.”

Scott believed the loss to Brennan could be a learning experience for the Bulldogs, particularly in what they need to do better down the stretch.

“We definitely have to work on team defense,” said Scott.

If all five players on the court worked hard and played good defense, Scott said they would be a tough defensive team to beat. He added they weren’t crisp on offense against the Cardinals as well.

The Bulldogs had a better result last Tuesday afternoon against the Essex Red Raiders. The game, also played at General Amherst saw the Bulldogs come away with a 66-35 victory. Reiner had 20 in the victory while Jeremy Cota had 12 points. Darius Wilson scored 11 while Elijah Porter had nine points.

The Bulldogs return from the Christmas break with a tough game at Lajeunesse Jan. 7. They will also compete in a tournament at Massey the following weekend.