Buccs eye one step to fi­nal

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Justin Fris

The S&K Elec­tri­cal Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers head to the Joon­dalup Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium to­mor­row, need­ing one more vic­tory in the best of three se­ries over the Joon­dalup Wolves to ad­vance to the 2017 SBL grand fi­nal.

The Buccs won game one at home, and if the Wolves win game two, a de­cider will be held on Sun­day af­ter­noon in Joon­dalup.

Ahead of the trip, Buccs coach Ray Evans said his men were well versed on the dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios which could come into play this week­end.

“It’s all about game two (in terms of over­all team fo­cus),” he said.

“We sat down on Sun­day morn­ing and watched the video as coaches; we def­i­nitely saw some ar­eas that we can ex­ploit . . . (in terms of) some of their play­ers on the de­fen­sive end and also some of things we can do on de­fence to try and limit some of their stars.

“They are the things we are go­ing to be work­ing on this week, so I think we’ll be even bet­ter pre­pared for the game/s this week­end.”

Ex­cit­ing young­ster Alex Du­cas will re­turn this week­end af­ter his stint with the NBA Global Academy at the AIS in Can­berra, which will add ex­tra depth off the bench.

De­spite head­ing into the week­end with a 1-0 lead in the se­ries, Evans said both he and the team would con­tinue to learn and em­brace what­ever came their way in the fi­nals.

“I think it is a lot to do (over­all pro­gres­sion through­out the fi­nals) with un­der­stand­ing the op­po­si­tion and the ar­eas that we can get the best out of our team and limit the op­po­si­tion.

“It’s also about not get­ting ahead of our­selves. It’s an­other game this week­end and we have to win this Satur­day — that’s the bot­tom line.

“We can’t be think­ing about a grand fi­nal or how far we can go. It’s about win­ning this Satur­day and pre­par­ing the best we can. The guys are fo­cused and the coach­ing staff are fo­cused — that’s all we can worry about.”

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Buccs trio Dwayne Ben­jamin, Dy­lan My­ers and Mau­rice Bar­row share a lighter mo­ment dur­ing last week­end’s game one vic­tory in Ger­ald­ton.

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