Giants out to ‘make memories’
The Goldfields Giants are in the State Basketball League top eight for the first time in 2015 after a memorable 105-91 win over fierce rivals Geraldton Buccaneers on Saturday night.
After Lakeside Lightning lost on Friday night, the Giants were able to move one game clear in eighth spot by playing front-running basketball against the Buccs.
The team did not trail after the eight-minute mark of the first term with the lead blowing out to 20 points midway through the third, as captain Jay Bowie led an onslaught of three pointers.
However, the Buccs cut the lead to just eight points with less than three minutes remaining, but the Mid West side left their run too late, being forced to foul as the Giants closed out the game from the line.
Giants coach Michael Haney said the team’s up-and-down season had prepared them to face, and succeed, in any situation that was thrown at them.
“I said earlier in the week we’ve experienced a lot of different game situations. Stirling last weekend was where we had to come from behind,” he said.
“Against Cockburn was where we had to hold on and tonight’s game was one of those games, we had to dig deep and calm their storms.
“I think we’ve reached the next step, where we keep growing and growing, and now we’ve beaten the second place team, and the way we did it was very convincing.
“The SBL is on alert but the boys are expecting to win now, and
Giants import Jacob Holmen skies for a rebound in front of Geraldton’s Bennie Lewis.