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Geraldton Buccaneers fend off Joodnalup Wolves in dominant weekend

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Mathiang Muo in action has Buccs won two from two
Camera IconMathiang Muo in action has Buccs won two from two Credit: Eric Paul Goldie

Geraldton Buccaneers advanced to 16-2 on the season as they beat the Joondalup Wolves in the 91-78 win on the Wolves’ home court.

In a match up of likely finals contenders the Buccs were too good for the Wolfpack leading at every change to win by 13.

The top two sides coming into the clash had not met before with both teams playing their second game of the weekend on Sunday.

Mathiang Muo was back from international duty and started in the centre as Cameron Coleman opened the scoring with a jump shot after the Wolves missed the first three shots of the game.

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The teams traded shots but only the Buccs were making them as their efficiency issues from last weekend disappeared opening up a 10-point lead at quarter-time.

Second quarter was fairly even with both teams matching each other but the Wolves closed to within four thanks to some offensive rebounds as they sunk all 10 second chance points for the period.

Malik Meunier hit a layup just before the half to hold a six point advantage at the main break.

The Wolves closed to within three points as the Buccs missed some shots before a dominant two minutes saw them go on nine point run to reopen the gap.

From there the Buccs were able to control the game as both sides showed their skills shooting more than 50 per cent in the last as Geraldton took home the win.

Johny Narkle was best on the court netting 24 points and five rebounds. Coleman was once again excellent grabbing a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

In their first game of the weekend away double header, Geraldton swept aside reigning premiers Perry Lake Hawks 77-110.

After a close opening the Buccs ripped the game open in the third scoring 23 points to nice to effectively kill the contest.

Coleman scored a game-high 25 points and shot at nearly 70 per cent to finish with 47 for the weekend as Shaun Stewart dropped 20 points and Meunier got 18.

It was one of the best performances of the season and after indifferent performances last week was a big statement that they are still the team to beat.

It leaves them two wins clear at the top of the ladder with only four rounds left to go,

They will next face the Hawks at home in a reverse fixture before the Wolves make the trip up to Geraldton the following week.

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