Giants’ roar a warning
The Goldfields Giants’ 105-91 victory over the Geraldton Buccaneers will help instill fear into opposition teams who make the trip to Kalgoorlie-Boulder according to coach Michel Haney.
After downing the second-place Buccaneers, the Giants have beaten three of the top four teams on their home floor and have now won six straight games at the Brookman Street stadium.
Haney said the team’s play meant the stadium was returning to the fortress it was during the championship years.
“It’s a big advantage. Teams don’t travel and only come here once a year and, when they do, it’s a shock to the body,” he said.
“So we have to make sure we stay in the game and let the crowd be effective and let the travel be effective, which we have done over the past couple of months.”
Giants imports Jay Bowie and Jacob Holmen were instrumental in the victory, combining for 62 points, 25 rebounds and 11 assists.
Brandon Holloway also played one of his better games for the club, adding 11 points, five assists and four rebounds, which included three offensive rebounds.
The win also secured Haney bragging rights over his championship-winning teammate Mark Heron, who now coaches the Buccaneers.
Heron played 169 games for the Giants and said while he was used to coming back to Brookman Street in opposition colours, it would always hold a special place in his heart.
“It’s the third year in a row I’ve come back so I’m pretty used to it, but it is a pretty special place and a special club,” he said.
“We spoke about it before the 2007 championship.
“We want to be able to come back and look up at the rafters and see some banners hanging.
“It’s a nice feeling to walk around and still look up there because you put in so much time getting to that position.”
Jay Bowie drives past the Buccaneers’ Daniel Thomas during Saturday night’s win.
Brandon Holloway defends Buccs import Cory Cooperwood.