Geraldton Buccaneers’ remarkable run continues in overtime win over Cockburn Cougars

Lachlan AllenGeraldton Guardian
Liam Hunt celebrates after the Buccs’ overtime win against the Cougars.
Camera IconLiam Hunt celebrates after the Buccs’ overtime win against the Cougars. Credit: Natasha Gilmartin

In their first home game of the season, the Geraldton Buccaneers have defeated the Cockburn Cougars in an overtime thriller to maintain their unbeaten start to the NBL1-West season.

Both the Buccs and the Cougars were undefeated going into the match and one team’s record was set to be broken as they faced off on Saturday night.

The Cougars started strongly away from home, putting the Buccs on the back foot to go into quarter time leading 21-14.

Their second quarter was equally strong, extending their lead to go into half time 45-30.

The Buccs trailed for large portions of the game and it looked like their undefeated run was going to come to end.

However, with the crowd at Activewest Stadium behind them, the Buccs held the Cougars to a combined 17 points in the third and fourth quarters to force the game into overtime.

The Buccs continued this momentum in overtime, coming out 81-70 victors and handing the Cougars their first defeat of 2022.

Shaun Stewart was once again impressive for the Buccaneers with 30 points, seven rebounds and four steals with Malik Meunier contributing 16 points, nine boards and four assists.

Cameron Coleman added 12 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists, Liam Hunt eight points and five rebounds, and Mathiang Muo eight points.

The Buccs now sit top of the NBL1-West ladder and take on the Goldfields Giants at home next Saturday at 7pm.

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