Geraldton Buccaneers made to grind out win

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton Buccaneers’ American import Colter Lasher jumps above the Willetton Tigers.
Camera IconGeraldton Buccaneers’ American import Colter Lasher jumps above the Willetton Tigers. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Spectators may have expected an outright thrashing during the Geraldton Buccaneers and Willetton stand-off last Saturday, but as coach Dayle Joseph predicted last Friday, the Tigers posed a serious challenge.

The Buccs scraped an 80-77 win after chasing the heels of the Tigers for a fair percentage of what Joseph described as “not one of our better games”.

Joseph, who previously said Willetton’s standing on the ladder was not an accurate reflection of their ability to perform, admitted that the Tigers forced Geraldton into a “lot of errors”, enabling them to lead the Buccs for a good portion of the game.

Another hindrance to the home side was the reduced game time of Chicago import DeAngelo Isby, who has now been with the Buccaneers for roughly a month.

Isby ran into early foul trouble, leading to significant cuts to his game time and scoring opportunities.

Joseph said Saturday night’s clash was not one of Isby’s better performances either and there would be aspects of the game to improve upon for upcoming matches.

Reflecting on the positives, Joseph said he was most happy to see the team needing to “grind out a win” and to watch their ability to pin the results they need on the scoreboard.

This week, Geraldton will play another home game against Lakeside Lightning.

Tip-off at Activewest Stadium is at 7.30pm.

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