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Geraldton Buccaneers suffer first loss of the season to Cockburn Cougars

Justin Fris and Lachlan AllenGeraldton Guardian
The Geraldton Buccaneers suffered their first loss of the season against the Cockburn Cougars on Sunday.
Camera IconThe Geraldton Buccaneers suffered their first loss of the season against the Cockburn Cougars on Sunday. Credit: Geraldton Buccaneers

The Geraldton Buccaneers’ unbeaten start to their 2022 campaign came to an end on Sunday, after a brilliant first-half from the Cockburn Cougars ensured they ran out 98-94 victors at Wally Hagan Stadium.

A stunning Carter Skaggs shooting display, which saw him hit nine three-pointers and 37 points, helped the Cougars snap the unbeaten run of the Buccs.

It was a remarkable contest which ended up seeing the Cougars hand the Buccs their first loss of the season with a four point win.

Cameron Coleman top scored with 21 points while Shaun Stewart had a quiet night with 10 points.

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Despite the result, the Buccs’ bid for a second State basketball men’s championship under Dayle Joseph remains on track.

On Saturday night, the Buccs defeated a gutsy Warwick Senators 95-88 at Warwick Stadium.

It was a determined display from the Buccs, who restricted the potent Sentators offence — spearheaded by Caleb Davis and NBL veteran Cody Ellis — to a miserly 30 points in the second half.

Not content to rely on running excessive three-point sets, the Buccs’ victory was built around discipline and execution inside the paint, with American import Shaun Stewart (25 points - 10/13 inside the key, 10 rebounds) leading the way offensively.

Coupled by their superb inside shooting, the visitors also sunk 17/28 from their trips to the free-throw line, with these points proving to be telling, given the final result.

The Buccs will now head back home to Geraldton for a match against the Willetton Tigers this Saturday night in round 10 of the NBL1-West.

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