2022 midseason Geraldton Buccaneers score card: Top marks across the board for perfect Buccs

Lachlan AllenGeraldton Guardian
The Geraldton Buccaneers celebrate with their fans after a win at home against the Eastern Suns.
Camera IconThe Geraldton Buccaneers celebrate with their fans after a win at home against the Eastern Suns. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography/RegionalHUB

As we head into the second half of the 2022 NBL1 West season, what better time than to assess how the Geraldton Buccaneers have fared this year?

After nine games, the Buccs hold a perfect record and are top of the NBL1 West ladder.

Here is the team to beat’s half-time report card:

Shaun Stewart: Has led the way for the Buccs this season, averaging 23 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds per game while shooting 49.62 per cent from the field. An excellent first half of the season. A+

Malik Meunier: Meunier produced his best display for the Buccs against the Eastern Suns last weekend, scoring a season-high 31 points. One to watch in the back half of the season. B+

Mathiang Muo: Muo has been a reliable figure for the Buccs this season, with the highlight being his performance against the Mandurah Magic in round seven. An important player for Dayle Joseph’s side. B+

Cameron Coleman: Another impressive signing, Coleman has stood out for the Buccs in 2022, averaging 20 points and 6 rebounds per game with a field goal percentage of 58.26. A

Mathew Wundenberg: While he is playing a slightly lesser role this year, Wundenberg still continues to perform strongly for the Buccs when on the court. B

Johny Narkle: After a slow start to the season, Narkle has started to find his form in the past three matches and will be hoping to build on this going into the second half. B

The Buccs' Johny Narkle.
Camera IconThe Buccs' Johny Narkle. Credit: Barry Mitchell/Snapaction/RegionalHUB

Liam Hunt: Returning to the side after two years out with injury, Hunt has performed admirably supporting fellow centre Wundenberg. B

Fletcher Klasztorny: Injuries have curtailed Klasztorny’s season thus far, missing the past three games for the Buccs. He will be itching to get back on the court and contribute in the last nine games. C

Ryan Blanchett: Yet to see the best of him this season but the rebounder and three-point specialist has shown some good signs in recent weeks. C +

Tomas Dobson: The 17-year-old has played his role when called upon off the bench and is a player with huge potential for the Buccs. B

Dayle Joseph: Following a tough 2021 season, some smart signings coupled with Joseph’s excellent man management has seen him steer his side to the top of the ladder. One of the best coaches in the league. A+

Review: They certainly look the goods at the halfway point of the season. The Buccs have beaten every side in the top eight barring two and they can tick off another name on that list when they come up against the Warwick Senators in round nine. However, the Buccs have put a target on their backs and will need to keep their foot on the gas if they are to see off any challengers in the second half of the season.

WINNING RUN

Game 1: South West Slammers vs Geraldton Buccaneers (62-94)

Game 2: Mandurah Magic vs Geraldton Buccaneers (90-99)

Game 3: Willetton Tigers vs Geraldton Buccaneers (64-97)

Game 4: Lakeside Lightning vs Geraldton Buccaneers (64-90)

Game 5: Geraldton Buccaneers vs Cockburn Cougars (81-70)

Game 6: Geraldton Buccaneers vs Goldfield Giants (85-75)

Game 7: Geraldton Buccaneers vs Rockingham Flames (88-86)

Game 8: Geraldton Buccaneers vs Mandurah Magic (111-85)

Game 9: Geraldton Buccaneers vs Eastern Suns (88-59)

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