Geraldton Buccaneers storm in with quality team effort

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Eager Eagle Shaquille Maharaj jumps high trying to thwart the shot of Buccs star Aaron Ralph.
Camera IconEager Eagle Shaquille Maharaj jumps high trying to thwart the shot of Buccs star Aaron Ralph. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Spectators at Activewest Stadium on Saturday, June 15, for the 121-82 win by the Geraldton Buccaneers over the East Perth Eagles could have been forgiven for thinking coach Dayle Joseph took his men to the Bureau of Meteorology pre-game.

The reason? Joseph’s offence made it “rain on the floor”.

Sinking five of their first eight three-point shots, the home side maintained their shooting mojo throughout, with Deangelo Isby (24 points, eight rebounds, two assists) and Marcus Alipate (21 points, four rebounds, six assists, three steals) just a sample of a quality team effort.

Isby’s dynamic on the Buccs has been startling — three games in, he boasts an impressive 27.79 points per game average and holds a staggering 58.18 per cent field goal percentage — a mere 1.26 per cent behind leading inside shooter Liam Hunt, who has played 16 games.

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But all that’s history and in the books.

Joseph’s Buccs will need to weather a new front on Saturday night, when former Buccs fan favourite Maurice “Mo” Barrow and his Willetton Tigers pay a visit to Geraldton.

Barrow has played 640 minutes this season — the most of any Tiger — and is averaging 17.28 points per game.

In ninth spot with an 8-10 record, the Tigers are lingering outside of the top eight like a competitive eater at a breakfast buffet.

They will be hungry, but this Buccaneers side also has a big appetite.

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