senior boys basketball

Bulldogs back on the court for another boys basketball season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team is back on the court for another season.

The Bulldogs are 0-2 after last week’s action, losing at home 54-28 to Villanova and 60-22 in Kingsville last Tuesday and Thursday respectively. Ben Pelger, who is a coach with both the senior and junior teams, said the senior team doesn’t have a lot of players right now.

General Amherst’s Nolan Crain puts up a shot against Lamothe-Cadillac during the consolation championship game of the Red Raider Classic in Essex Dec. 8.

“We’re down to eight players and we’re looking to get one or two juniors,” he said.

Pelger noted there are no players returning from last year’s senior team.

“That happens sometimes,” said Pelger.

The game against Villanova was tied at the half but “we couldn’t match their physicality.” The Bulldogs played well, he believed,.

“I think our speed and determination can be our strengths but unfortunately we’re not a tall team,” he said. “We need to work on our rebounding.”

The number of players is not an issue with the junior program, he indicated.

Matteo Palumbo (11, right) drives between two Lamothe-Cadillac defenders during the Red Raider Classic in Essex.

“This year, 40 juniors came out which was great,” said Pelger. “Obviously, they need to work on their skill level. They are willing to put in the effort and that’s great.”

The juniors have six players from last year’s team back again, he added, noting the experience should help.

The Grade 9’s and 10’s are helping each other get better, Pelger noted, as they learn to develop their skills and work together as a team.

The junior and senior teams were at home against Tecumseh Vista Academy after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. They are back on their home court again Thursday with the junior game at 4 p.m. and the senior game scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Bulldogs still work-in-progress on the basketball court

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team are still searching for their first win of the season after a pair of games last week.

The Bulldogs hosted the St. Joseph Lasers last Tuesday evening and lost 62-31. The game was close through one quarter as the Lasers only had an 11-9 lead after the first eight minutes. The lead grew to 25-15 by the half but the Lasers took control in the third quarter and outscored the Bulldogs 25-7 in the third to pull away.

“We started quite aggressively,” said General Amherst head coach Ben Pelger. “In the second half, we lost our intensity.”

Griffin Muzzin (11, left) looks for someone to pass to during Jan. 9 WECSSAA Tier 2 boys basketball action versus St. Joseph.

The physical nature of the Lasers was tough for the Bulldogs to handle in the second half, he added.

“We lost the battles under the boards,” he said.

Pelger said they need to work on boxing out and improving their shooting. The Bulldogs have good shooters, he added, but they haven’t had their best game yet.

The Bulldogs played hard defensively in the first half, said Griffin Muzzin, but they didn’t play as well in the third quarter. He believes if they had hung in there and have been able to make more shots, the game could have had a different outcome.

Muzzin said the team is having a good time playing and “that’s all that matters.” He said they have to work hard, play with more intensity, work on reducing turnovers and get the ball to the basket.

General Amherst dropped to 0-6 two days later, as they travelled to Belle River and lost 54-31 to the Nobles.

The Bulldogs were in Kingsville Tuesday, after this issue went to press, but host Brennan Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs also are at L’Essor next Monday.

The junior Bulldogs also played St. Joseph and Belle River last week, losing 81-27 to St. Joseph and 34-20 to Belle River.

Bulldogs lose home opener to Cardinal Carter

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs took to their home court for the first time this season last Tuesday but dropped a 70-34 decision to Cardinal Carter.

The senior boys basketball team trailed 37-17 at the half with the visiting Cougars extending their lead further in the third quarter. Cardinal Carter outscored General Amherst 25-12 over the third eight-minute quarter.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 0-2 in WECSSAA Tier 2 play.

“It was a tough game,” said General Amherst coach Ben Pelger. “We competed against a team that should be playing Tier 1.”

Pelger said the Bulldogs looked “a little bit rusty” against Cardinal Carter.

“Hopefully we can raise our game and have better games in the future,” said Pelger.

General Amherst was able to take a lot of shots against Cardinal Carter, but Pelger added that not enough of them went in.

“We still need to do a lot of work defensively and rebounding,” said Pelger.

General Amherst’s Jackson Campbell dribbles under the Cardinal Carter basket during last Tuesday’s senior boys basketball game in Amherstburg. Cardinal Carter won the game 70-34.

The Bulldogs are aiming for a 5-5 season, said Pelger, noting the team is both a mix of new and experienced players. Pelger said there are three returning seniors, four players that moved up from the junior team and five new players.

Pelger also coaches the junior boys team, which also dropped to 0-2 last Tuesday night after a 50-26 loss to Cardinal Carter’s junior team. The juniors are also hoping for a 5-5 record this season.

“That’s a really promising team,” said Pelger. “They are playing hard every game. It’s a good group of guys. The Grade 9 and 10’s get along well. They are all there to improve and get better for the future.”

The two teams are trying to get General Amherst back to a championship level on an annual basis, Pelger added.

The teams played Monday at Tecumseh Vista Academy. The senior team lost to the Vortex 54-34 while the junior team fell 56-36.

 

Bulldogs split two games over past week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball basketball team finished the WECSSAA Tier 2 season with a 7-3 record following a loss and a win last week.

Both games were at General Amherst with the first one being a game last Tuesday evening with the Belle River Nobles, a game which ended with Amherst losing 48-44 in overtime.

Nate Lovell (34) takes a shot during second half action last Tuesday night as he is being defended by Belle River’s Jack Trepanier (31). Belle River won this game 48-44 in overtime but the Bulldogs bounced back and defeated Essex two days later.

Nate Lovell (34) takes a shot during second half action last Tuesday night as he is being defended by Belle River’s Jack Trepanier (31). Belle River won this game 48-44 in overtime but the Bulldogs bounced back and defeated Essex two days later.

The Nobles led 24-21 at the half but a surge by the Bulldogs in the third quarter gave the home team a 30-27 lead heading for the fourth quarter. Belle River outscored Amherst 6-3 in the in fourth quarter to send the game to the extra four-minute overtime period.

Belle River took control early in overtime, scoring the first seven points, but General Amherst nearly caught up and even cut it to a 42-41 Belle River lead at one point.

Coach Cameron Scott said the Bulldogs were missing a couple of players but was happy overall with how the team played. He said they played with a lot of heart against the Nobles.

“You can’t teach character,” said Scott. “I loved the attitude and effort. I loved the way the guys played. They never stopped until the final buzzer.”

Even when Scott was discouraged in overtime, the players managed to impress him.

General Amherst’s Jeremy Cota tries to shoot while being defended by a pair of Belle River players last Tuesday evening.

General Amherst’s Jeremy Cota tries to shoot while being defended by a pair of Belle River players last Tuesday evening.

“They showed me something tonight,” he said after the game. “They’ll fight to the end.”
Scott believed free throw shooting and turnovers were the difference in the game.

The Bulldogs played Essex Thursday afternoon and defeated the Red Raiders 53-40.

Scott, who coaches the team with Zac Tytgat, said the team was “a day away from folding” due to difficulties in finding a coach but now that is behind them.

“They’ve progressed greatly this season,” he said. “They’ve showed effort and heart all year.”

Bulldogs improve to 3-2 with win over Leamington

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball team picked up a convincing win last Thursday on their home court.

The Bulldogs played host to the Leamington Lions and came away with a 59-20 victory. The win moves General Amherst to three wins and two losses on the WECSSAA Tier 2 regular season.

General Amherst’s Shane Sinasac (52) dribbles past Leamington’s Anthony Fehr (left) during  WECSSAA Tier 2 senior boys basketball last Thursday evening.

General Amherst’s Shane Sinasac (52) dribbles past Leamington’s Anthony Fehr (left) during WECSSAA Tier 2 senior boys basketball last Thursday evening.

“I thought we did very well. It was probably our most effective game offensively and our most active game defensively. We loved the effort and activity on our side of the court,” said Cameron Scott, who coaches the team with Zac Tytgat.

Scott added that it was also nice to get every player into game and gain some valuable experience.

“I think we need to get better as a team rebounding the ball instead of relying on individual players to carry the load on the boards,” said Scott.

Darius Wilson puts up a shot during the third quarter of General Amherst's 59-20 victory over Leamington Jan. 12.

Darius Wilson puts up a shot during the third quarter of General Amherst’s 59-20 victory over Leamington Jan. 12.

Outstanding offensive performances go to Darius Wilson, Jeremy Cota and Nate Lovell. Scott added that outstanding defensive performances go to Shayne Sinasac, Eli Porter and Sebastian Hebert.

The Bulldogs have one game this week and that is on the road Thursday evening at Walkerville. They break for exams after that with the next home game not being until Feb. 7 when the Bulldogs host the Belle River Nobles at 5:45 p.m.