Adversity has Buccs on mettle

Peter SweeneyGeraldton Guardian
Buccs coach Dayle Joseph.
Camera IconBuccs coach Dayle Joseph.

Adversity, according to the boss of the Buccs, does nobody any harm.

And Dayle Joseph says his players are ready to take on the extra responsibility in the cut-throat finals series after the sacking of Deangelo Isby earlier this week.

Isby followed in the footsteps of Willie Conner, the American imports “moved on” within months of each other for failing to live up to expectations.

“Obviously we will have to look at things (picking players) in the future, but we had to act now, you can only talk about things for so long,” Joseph said.

The body language of Isby when he was on the bench spoke louder than words. There were also questions over his ability to “stand up” when the Buccs were challenged in tough situations by better sides.

“I don’t think it came as a surprise to those around the club. We wouldn’t have done this at finals time if we didn’t think it would help our team. I think this will galvanise the team, but won’t be used as an excuse if we lose,” Joseph said.

A win to the Buccs over the Warwick Senators tomorrow night, whom they lead 1-0 in a best of three series, would take them a week closer to ultimate glory and a second SBL title.

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