Giants’ roar a warn­ing

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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.”

Pic­tures: Mary Meagher

Jay Bowie drives past the Buc­ca­neers’ Daniel Thomas dur­ing Satur­day night’s win.

Bran­don Hol­loway de­fends Buccs im­port Cory Coop­er­wood.

Shamus Bal­lan­tyne.

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