Liam Hunt admits wayward Buccs must improve shooting

Geraldton Guardian
Buccs centre Liam Hunt.
Camera IconBuccs centre Liam Hunt. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Liam Hunt had to laugh when asked what coach Dayle Joseph probably thought of his weekend performance.

“I’m not sure,” he chuckled.

“I shot like crap all weekend.”

The humble starting centre helped Geraldton Buccaneers get over the line in Saturday’s 74-66 victory over the Rockingham Flames, who failed to take advantage of the Buccs’ smaller talent pool.

Marcus Alipate was away representing Tonga in an island basketball tournament and Aaron Ralph did not play because he had surgery on July 1.

Despite the loss of two key players, Geraldton earned the result they were looking for in a “dog fight of a game” at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

Hunt said the best part of the contest was seeing the team beam with positivity on the court and dish out defensive moves that put all other games to shame.

“Defence was probably the best it’s been all year,” he said.

“We shot horribly though. In the third quarter we probably missed close to 20 consecutive shots.

“It’s our defence that really kept us in it.”

Although keeping the ball away from the opposition saved them in their first clash, Sunday’s game against Perth Redbacks proved far more difficult for the Buccs to contain.

Losing by a narrow five points, Hunt said the Buccaneers could have won the 89-84 match, but it just didn’t quite pan out.

“We had a horrible first quarter, we just let them do everything they wanted to do,” Hunt said.

“But we were really resilient after Saturday’s tough game.

“We played hard both times.”

The Buccs will play a home game against the Joondalup Wolves from 7.30pm on Saturday.

Alipate is not expected to return for the game against the top-placed team.

However, there is expectation that Alex Ducas, previously playing in Europe, will be on the court.

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