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