Macaul Reiner

Two Bulldogs named as WECSSAA basketball all-stars

 

 

General Amherst's Sam Girard (left) and Macaul Reiner were recently named as WECSSAA Tier 2 basketball all-stars. Girard was named to the second team while Reiner was named "Mr. Basketball."

General Amherst’s Sam Girard (left) and Macaul Reiner were recently named as WECSSAA Tier 2 basketball all-stars. Girard was named to the second team while Reiner was named “Mr. Basketball.”

By RTT Staff

 

Two members of the General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team have made the WECSSAA Tier 2 all-star team.

Macaul Reiner was named “Mr. Basketball” as the top player in Tier 2 while teammate Sam Girard was named to the second all-star team.

“I think Sam deserved to be on the first team,” said Reiner, noting Girard was the Bulldogs’ main rebounder while also doing his share of scoring.

Girard praised Reiner, by stating Reiner made his teammates better.

“It’s pretty cool to play all year with Mr. Basketball,” said Girard.

In addition to their play on the court, Reiner noted they contributed to each other’s highlight reels.

“Sam was the only person to throw me an alley-oop in a game so that’s pretty good,” he said.

General Amherst finished the WECSSAA Tier 2 regular season with a 10-2 record but lost to the Herman Green Griffins in the playoff quarterfinals.

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.

Bulldogs end regular season and start playoffs on positive note

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team ended their regular season and began the playoffs in a span of 24 hours and won both games.

The Bulldogs’ preliminary round playoff game was last Thursday afternoon in the team’s final game this season on their home court. The Bulldogs came away with a 51-34 victory over the visiting Riverside Rebels.

Darius Wilson led the Bulldogs with 24 points. Macaul Reiner scored 17 while Sam Girard had seven points.

It was the final home game for Reiner, Girard and Isaiah Byrne, all of whom graduate at the end of this school year.

“(Riverside) was missing a few guys which was good for us,” said Reiner.

Macaul Reiner soars to the rim during Amherst’s win over L’Essor last Wednesday.

Macaul Reiner soars to the rim during Amherst’s win over L’Essor last Wednesday.

Reiner said he had a rough game but other players picked it up. Girard made note of Wilson’s strong performance. Byrne said the Bulldogs played better in the second half when they started driving to the basket and picking up rebounds.

The final home game wasn’t the way Reiner wanted it to happen, as he hoped he would play better.

“It’s a terrible way to end it for me,” said Reiner.

Girard said it was the same court anywhere they play and didn’t seem fazed by the fact it was his final home game as a Bulldog.

The team’s final regular season game was at home last Wednesday and they came away with a 72-40 win over L’Essor. Amherst held a 26-19 lead at the half but blew it open in the second half, particularly in the third quarter when they outscored L’Essor 32-8.

“That’s the way we should have played in the first half,” said Amherst assistant coach Dom Silvaggio.

L’Essor wanted to play a slower game and “we slowed right down with them” in the first half, Silvaggio added.

“We weren’t ready to play at all.”

Silvaggio noted they will face a lot of Tier 1 teams in the playoffs and “we have to take the challenge.”

Reiner had 20 points in the L’Essor game with Girard and Wilson each scoring 12 points.

“We really picked it up in the second half,” said Wilson.

The Bulldogs caused turnover and finished their shots, he added.

“Coach (Silvaggio) really made us work harder,” Wilson stated. “Our bench players played well when we put them in.”

Wilson believes they should match up well with other teams in the playoffs despite the fact that many teams don’t think they can do well because they are a Tier 2 team.

The Bulldogs’ quarterfinal game is Wednesday at Herman starting at 4 p.m.

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.

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.