Buccs win would ice cake for this writer

Justin FrisGeraldton Guardian
Buccs captain Mat Wundenberg.
Camera IconBuccs captain Mat Wundenberg. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

In terms of birthday gifts, a visit to the Eaton Recreation Centre on Saturday night from the Geraldton Buccaneers is about as good as it gets.

Although I now reside in Bunbury and cover the South West Slammers, my passion for Buccsnation will never be tamed.

So any chance to cover them and rekindle many special basketball memories is cherished dearly.

Dayle Joseph and his men are riding high following Saturday’s stirring 85-82 buzzer-beating win over the Wolves, but will approach this weekend’s double-header cautiously.

Not only will the Buccs have to conquer an improving Slammers side with imposing American centre Terrell Carter patrolling the “alligator pit”, but they will need to outfox Mandurah Magic head coach Aaron Trahair on Sunday at the Waroona Recreation Centre.

One man who won’t be suiting up for the Slammers on Saturday night is inspirational skipper and former Buccs star Michael Lay, who suffered a season-ending injury last week against the Perry Lakes Hawks.

Lay took a big tumble following a serious collision and grimaced in pain as he exited the game late in the fourth quarter, with team officials quickly confirming he had damaged his AC joint.

Star Slammer Terrell Carter.
Camera IconStar Slammer Terrell Carter. Credit: Justin Fris

One match-up worth the price of admission alone will be the duel between Carter and Buccs skipper Mat Wundenberg.

Both men provide exceptional voice and leadership out on the floor and no doubt will be keen to test each other out early in the game.

If the Buccs are able to win both matches, they will go a long way towards securing a top four berth— or even finish in the top two — if they are good enough.

The saying goes “You can’t have your cake and eat it”, but if the Buccs beat the Slammers, I’m confident that the cake could taste a little sweeter (unofficially, of course). Once a year, the Mandurah Magic take a home game to another town in the Peel region. On Sunday, it’s against the Buccs at Waroona.

“We take the game to people in other parts of our region,” a Magic spokesperson said.

“There’s a newer recreation centre at Waroona and a good competition there. They do pretty well in country week competitions.”

(For those who may not know, the “alligator pit” is an American basketball term for the laneway, it’s where centres grapple, grab and dual for supremacy).

Former Geraldton Guardian and now South West Times reporter Justin Fris turns 31 today.

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